Agricultural Engineering

Enjoy your adventure.

Be passionate.
Be creative.
Change the world.
Be greater than you imagined in agricultural engineering at Iowa State University.

More opportunities. More possibilities. More potential.

At Iowa State you’ll find all of these things and more. Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Open your mind. Broaden your horizons. Make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy your agricultural engineering adventure.
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Agricultural engineering is an adventure.

It begins here.

Iowa State’s agricultural engineering program has a wide range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

Engineer your future

Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants.

  • The average starting salary of agricultural engineering graduates ismore than $58,000/year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for our students average more than $19/hour.
  • More than 500 companies visit the College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.
  • 100 percent of our agricultural engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Discover your passion

Work with the latest in technology to protect and conserve our natural resources while at the same time improving the productivity and profitability of the agricultural industry. The production and processing of agricultural products into feed, fuel, food, and fiber are becoming increasingly complex. The next generation of equipment coupled with GPS allows us to precisely place fertilizer and seed for maximum efficiency. Autonomous off-road vehicles are the next wave in improving how we raise crops. Computer-controlled environments create conditions for maximum animal health and vegetable production. Advances in soil and water conservation engineering enable us to reduce soil erosion and nutrient loading to our water bodies. Agricultural engineers are in the middle of all these technologies, turning ideas into reality. Maintaining safe air, food and water is important to everyone. In today’s global market of transporting grains, produce, and livestock from country to country, food security is a growing concern. Safeguarding our air, water and food supply by developing the biosensors and controls that can detect unknown substances is an example of a real-life application.

Be greater than you imagine

Whatever your goals are, your success is important to us! Our programs, labs, hands-on learning and facilities will give you a competitive advantage. Personal attention: Our department is small enough for you to have personal attention from faculty, but large enough to choose a variety of educational opportunities. The student-to-faculty ratio is 25:1. Average class size is 15 to 30 students. And the average lab size is about 16 students working in teams of 2 to 4. Learning communities: We have created a strong academic environment for new students with our Living/Learning Community. Join a learning community and have common schedule of classes, peer mentors, career exploration and the option of living on a floor with other students in your major. Labs: In class you will use the same equipment used in professional practice. In fact, several companies donate lab equipment to help you learn. Some of our unique labs include the Ag Leader Precision Agriculture Lab, Iowa Pork Producers Assocation Air Dispersion Lab, Biomaterials Lab, Electricity and Electronics Lab, Danfoss Fluid Power Lab, John Deere Diesel Engines Lab, Mechatronics Lab and the Seed Science Center Lab.

Core curriculum

Agricultural engineering’s core curriculum is designed to introduce you to each of our major areas so you can choose the best option. These include:

  • Land and Water Resources Engineering: Learn and analyze agricultural best management practices that protect and conserve soil and water resources locally and globally. Courses focus on design and evaluation of conservation, monitoring and environmental systems.
  • Power and Machinery Engineering: Create and improve the next generation of off-road vehicles, agricultural equipment and control systems.
  • Animal Production Systems Engineering: Ensure sustainable development of livestock and poultry industries by improving air quality, animal behavior and welfare, animal housing and environment control, and animal manure and nutrient management.

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