M.S. Agricultural and Environmental Systems, Concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Systems

The concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Systems offers numerous and wide-ranging areas of study, all of which equip our graduates with the knowledge and resources they need to effectively tackle current and future in environmental protection and agricultural production. This concentration is an option in the M.S. Agricultural and Environmental Systems degree program.

Grounded in the basic sciences, this major’s comprehensive curriculum allows students to pursue research and enroll in courses related to: sustainable land management; soil and water conservation; soil and water quality; water quality modeling; drainage and irrigation design; water use efficiency; integrated pest management; nutrient transformations in aquatic and terrestrial systems; mushroom production; fungal biotechnology; plant nutrient management; environmental and agricultural sustainability; bioproducts and bioenergy; plant micropropagation and tissue culture; urban and local food systems; environmental biotechnology and nanotechnology; and more. Jobs are plentiful in these areas and our graduates are always heavily recruited by a number of industries and federal and state agencies, such as Cooperative Extension. http://www.ncat.edu/academics/schools-colleges1/saes/cooperative-extension/index.html

A unique feature of several of our courses is the application of case studies and problem-solving approaches to instruction that requires teamwork and extensive student collaboration. Quantitative reasoning that fosters pragmatic applied mathematics required of professionals in many environmental fields is also emphasized.

Students also receive training in the use of modern analytical instrumentation and digital field data collection equipment in our well-equipped instructional and research laboratories.

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Dr. Charles Raczkowski

Dr. Charles W. Raczkowski
Associate Professor
Room 238 Carver Hall
Office: (336) 285-4847 (or) 4836

Fax: 336-334-7844

raczkowc@ncat.edu