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Agriculture Department

Greetings from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma, home of the Rangers!  We are pleased about your interest in our Agriculture Department and are confident that you will find Northwestern to be a great place to continue your education. 

Northwestern in general, and the Agriculture Department in particular, offer courses that are directed to and for students. We are proud to say that you are never just another face in the crowd at Northwestern.  The number of students in each class is generally small, which ensures excellent student-to-faculty interaction, and helps foster the close-knit atmosphere that so many agriculture students desire.   Additionally, the agricultural student body is made up of individuals from many different states, countries, and backgrounds, providing students with opportunities to develop lifelong friendships with people from literally around the world.

We are proud of the resources available to our students at Northwestern.  The Agriculture Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agriculture and Agriculture Education, both of which prepare students for bright careers.  Students majoring in Agriculture have the opportunity to choose a minor from areas that include Business, Entrepreneurship, Biology and many others.  In addition, students studying Agriculture Education will be fully prepared to obtain certification and licensure and begin teaching agriculture in our Oklahoma high schools.

Another major strength of the Agriculture Department at Northwestern is the opportunity for students to combine academic efforts with practical experiences at our University Farm.  Ultimately, our goal at Northwestern is to prepare our graduates for dynamic careers in agricultural business and production agriculture in order to feed, clothe, and fuel our nation and our world.

If you have questions about Northwestern and our agriculture programs, I encourage you to contact me or our Office of Recruitment today to set up a campus tour.  We look forward to helping you reach your educational goals.

s/Dr. Dean Scarbrough, Chair 



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Dr. Dean Scarbrough, Chair
Professor of Agriculture
Jesse Dunn 106
(580) 327-8487

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Degrees Offered

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture Education

For a detailed look at the course requirements and descriptions for these degrees, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Careers for Degree

Careers in Agriculture

Students graduating with a degree in Agriculture from Northwestern gain employment in many different areas of the agriculture industry.  Many choose to pursue careers in agricultural lending, grain production & management, crop consulting, or animal production.  Others choose to return home to the family farm / ranch, or opt to start their own agriculture-related businesses.

The demand for college graduates in the field of Agriculture is great, and this trend will continue as long as people rely on agricultural products for food, fiber, and fuel.

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Course Rotation

Course Rotation

Plans of Study


Agriculture students can earn scholarships here as a freshman, or by transferring to Northwestern to continue their education.

A $500 scholarship has been established for students who qualify for the Agriculture Education program.

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships and February 15 for departmental scholarships. Please use the Continuing Student Scholarship Application. Please ask the department chair for an application for departmental scholarships.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Student Learning Outcomes

SLOs for Agriculture Education

  1. Students will characterize / differentiate between species of, and anatomical features of, agriculturally important animals.
  2. Students will design, create, and defend practical feed rations for domestic livestock.
  3. Students analyze and effectively communicate important concepts in agronomy and animal science.
  4. Students will characterize / differentiate between species of, and morphological structures of, agriculturally important plant species.


In addition to classrooms located on the Alva campus, Northwestern’s Agriculture program currently has a working University Farm, located approximately 8 miles southwest of the city of Alva. The 320-acre farm consists of both tillable wheat ground and mixed-grass prairie. Improved buildings include a 16-crate swine farrowing barn, hay & equipment barns, cattle working facilities, classrooms, and the Wisdom Family Agriculture Education Building.

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