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Explore the interconnected relationships of crop production, pests and the environment for business, conservation and more.

Agroecology – B.S. in Sustainable Food & Bioenergy Systems, Agroecology Emphasis

Agroecologists explore how crops and pest organisms interact with their environment, and the application of technology to efficiently and sustainability produce crops. In the Agroecology program at Montana State, students focus on community ecology, environmental science and cropland ecosystems and how they affect agricultural production decisions. After mastering fundamental principles of ecology, soil science, agronomy and pest management, Agroecology students are prepared to enter careers in the food or bioenergy sectors.

The Sustainable Food & Bioenergy Systems major offers three additional Option Within the Major: Sustainable Crop Production, Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Livestock Production.


“I’d never made the connection that where and how a crop is grown can actually impact how nutritious that crop is. It’s been really neat to get to experiment with that both in the lab and in the field.”

Natalie Sturm ’20, Agroecology 


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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State is the largest research enterprise in the state and consistently breaks MSU records for annual research expenditures, reaching $200 million for the first time in 2022.

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Towne’s Harvest Garden
At Montana State, students have the opportunity to work at Towne’s Harvest Garden, a three-acre diversified vegetable and educational research farm exploring community-supported agriculture.

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Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Agroecology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Agricultural Consulting
  • Environmental Policy Making
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Pest Management
  • Laboratory Research

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.