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College of Engineering YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE.

Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural engineeri 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!

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gins here. 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

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 is more 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.

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: L and 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. P  ower 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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Be passionate. Be creative. Be greater than you imagined in agricultural engineering at Iowa State University.

Enjoy your adventure. 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. Campus visits: Apply for admission: Financial support: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering: College of Engineering: 2620 Howe Hall | Ames, Iowa 50011-2272 515 294-8355 | 800 262-3810 ext. 8355 Email:

College of Engineering Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Robinette Kelley, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of agricultural engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.

Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of agricultural engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.