Student Profile

Ben Wier
Class of '10

Ben Wier earned an M.S. in agricultural production in the first Illinois PSM cohort. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. While a student in the Illinois PSM, Ben volunteered at the Wildlife Medical Clinic and interned with Monsanto.  Ben is a D.V.M. candidate at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Agricultural Production Degree Requirements

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The M.S. degree in Agricultural Production requires the completion of 42 semester hours as prescribed in the following four curricular components:

The program is designed to be completed in 16-months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Summer enrollment is required while completing the internship. A thesis is not required.

A student's curriculum will be developed with the major adviser and will vary depending upon his or her individual interests and career plans. A sample credit hour distribution is below, but individual student schedules may change depending upon curriculum and course schedule.


GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE WITH AN INTERNSHIP

A full-time internship is required in the summer following the first two semesters of study. In consultation with faculty advisers, each student finds an internship that meets his or her personal and professional career objectives. The internship requires the application of science and business knowledge and skills.

No coursework is taken during the internship. Summer enrollment is required in PSM 555.

Preparation and planning for the internship search should begin early in the first semester of study.

INDUSTRY SEMINARS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Seminars cover additional business content and professional development. Seminars also feature industry guests, covering a range of topics relevant to today's science and technology fields.

Participation in the industry seminar is required each semester of enrollment. Seminars meet weekly. All Illinois PSM students participate in the same seminar, providing learning opportunities across science disciplines and industries. In the fall term, third-semester students present summaries of their internship experiences and mentor first-semester students in preparing for and securing internships.

 
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