College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science - Agricultural and Environmental Systems, Concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Systems

The master’s concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Systems offers wide-ranging areas of study to equip our graduates with the knowledge and resources to effectively develop solutions to current and future challenges in environmental sustainability and agricultural production.

Grounded in the basic sciences, the comprehensive curriculum allows students to engage in research and enroll in courses related to: sustainable land management; soil and water conservation; soil and water quality, irrigation design and modeling; insect science and integrated pest management; nutrient transformations in aquatic and terrestrial systems; mushroom production; fungal biology and biotechnology; plant nutrient management; environmental and agricultural sustainability; bioproducts and bioenergy; plant tissue culture; urban and local food systems; environmental biotechnology; nanotechnology, and more.

Professional career opportunities abound in these areas. Our graduates who successfully complete their degrees are readily recruited by industries, schools, universities, or government agencies. Some of the places where our graduates find rewarding careers include Cooperative Extension, USDA, EPA and many private sector firms and international organizations.

Earn While Learning

The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is a leader at N.C. A&T in research. Our Agricultural Research Program provides many opportunities for graduate students to gain valuable research experience, while learning from top scientists in the College.

Master of Science Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Systems – Concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Systems

Apply and start your career in Natural Resources and Environmental Systems within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences today.

  • Degree offered: M.S.

Application through the Graduate School

  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall semester: June 1 (International - May 15)
    • Spring semester: Oct 15 (International - Oct 1)
    • Summer: April 1 (Domestic students only)
  • Additional admission/test requirements:
    • An undergraduate major in STEM or life sciences, such as biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics.
    • Applicants must have completed undergraduate coursework in all of the major areas of chemistry and at least one year of botany/plant science.
    • The GRE exam is recommended for all applicants.
    • A GPA of 3.0 is required for non-conditional admission if the above conditions are met.
    • Three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from science or math professors.
  • New Curriculum Guide (PDF Format)


The Natural Resources and Environmental Systems master’s program is administered by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Please contact us for more information or to arrange a tour of our facilities.

For more information please contact: 

Guochen Yang, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Carver Hall, Suite 224, #A