Student Profile

Eva Sztechmiler
Class of '12

Eva Sztechmiler graduated from the Agricultural Production PSM program in 2012.  Her undergraduate degree in conservation biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), lead her to specialize in sustainability production while at Illinois.  Eva completed her internship at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Nederland, Colorado.  In her role, she co-authored grant proposals, planned and implemented youth programs, and oversaw a gala fundraiser.  Eva now works for the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District in New York. “Even though I thought I had gone to graduate school to study sustainable agriculture, what I really came away with was a sense of entrepreneurship, making your own opportunities, and networking.  In fact, if I had to associate one word with my graduate studies it would be networking.  Two years later, I can fully appreciate just how truly important it is, and just how valuable it was to sit through all of those seminars that drilled those key words into our heads (entrepreneurship, networking, make your own opportunity.)”

Agricultural Production Science Curriculum

The science component is comprised of coursework in the major.

Course selection in the Agricultural Production PSM program is flexible to allow each student to build a graduate curriculum that best fits his/her chosen career path.


Courses will be taken in consultation with the student's advisor to meet the 32-hour science requirement. At least eight hours are required in 500-level courses. A sample of course options for each specialty area are listed below:


Food Animal Production specialty; specific courses depend on the student's professional objectives. For crop or sustainable production system sample of program of study, please download the brochure.


Crop Production
Food Animal Production

Sustainable Production Systems


*Course numbers and titles are subject to change.  Please note that some courses are only offered in select terms. For more information, please reference the Illinois Course Catalog. 

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