N.C. A&T Announces New Ph.D Program in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

11/15/2021 College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate College

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2021) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announces a new Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental sciences through its College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

Recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the program will enroll its first students in the spring 2022 semester.

Graduates of the program will provide leadership and research-based solutions for the agriculture industry as it grows to sustainably meet the world’s increasing need for food, fiber and other products. The demand for food is expected to increase at least 2.5 times by 2050 as the global population approaches 10 billion, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

“Our new Ph.D. will help the agricultural industry meet the challenge of feeding and clothing the world’s growing population,” said CAES Dean Mohamed Ahmedna, Ph.D. “Cutting across our four academic departments, our program will continue our tradition of integration and innovation in teaching and research.”

Agriculture, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes $95.9 billion annually to the North Carolina economy and employs more than 17% of the state’s workforce, making it the state’s largest industry, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agriculture also is the nation’s largest employer, accounting for more than 21 million jobs, the USDA reports.

In the program, students will be able to specialize in one of five concentrations: food science, human nutrition and health; sustainable agriculture and environmental sciences; agribusiness and applied economics; agricultural and extension education, or sustainable animal production and health.

“Agriculture is constantly changing, and it needs professionals who understand and put into practice the latest information about nutrition, safety, environmental impacts and other issues,” said Antoine Alston, Ph.D., CAES associate dean for academic studies. “Our new Ph.D. will prepare our students to thrive as leaders in this dynamic and essential industry.”

The university plans to enroll 10 students in the program’s first year, adding five more students in each subsequent year.

The Ph.D. in agriculture and environmental sciences is N.C. A&T’s 11th doctoral program. The university offers 23 doctoral concentrations with eight in applied science and technology and five in agriculture and environmental sciences.

For more information about the program and its concentrations, contact Alston at alstona@ncat.edu and (336) 285-4818.

For more information about admissions and enrollment, contact The Graduate College at N.C. A&T.

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