In Penn State's Agricultural and Biorenewable Systems Management major, there is no need to choose between sustainability, technology, science, and business--we give you the opportunity to see how they work together. Please note that Biorenewable Systems will be changing to Agricultural and Biorenewable Systems Management effective May, 2024.

ABSM is engaging and challenging

  • Active participation in the learning process is expected in the classroom. Your faculty members and classmates will know you, and you will know them.
  • Most ABSM courses have lab components to give you hands-on experience with how things work. We put your knowledge to use.
  • ABSM prerequisites include calculus, physics, chemistry, and biology. Building on this foundation, you will solve problems and build complex systems.

ABSM is practical

  • ABSM graduates take a systems approach to problem solving and can work with research and development engineers, process and industrial managers, politicians, scientists, and business professionals.
  • Enhancing communication skills is an important aspect of our program: our graduates must be able to successfully communicate with people in various industries, with various backgrounds.

ABSM is flexible

  • Students in this major can complete one of over 20 minors, yet average 16 credits per semester. Many students even choose to complete more than one minor to enhance their specialization areas.

ABSM has a balance of sustainability, business, science, and engineering technology coursework

  • Sustainability is a pillar of our curriculum; you will have the opportunity to take several courses focused on management practices that encourage sustainability.
  • Business classes include micro and macroeconomics, accounting, business law, marketing and sales (and you choose more).
  • Science is integrated into ABSM classes (and you can include more, such as courses in plant, soil, or material science).
  • Engineering technology classes include energy analysis, wood or agricultural processing, electronics, safety, and optimization (you could also take courses in off road equipment, power transmission and natural resource management).

ABSM prepares you to make a difference in sustainable industries

  • With increasing population demands, the efficient production and utilization of food and biorenewable materials is paramount to society today. In this major, you will be informed about the pros and cons of sustainably produced agricultural and forest-based materials, and how they compare to traditional materials. You will be positioned to educate others, and advocate for sustainable material production and use. You may also opt to study the engineering fundamentals to improve the efficient operation of harvesting and processing equipment, saving money and energy.

Our graduates are employable

  • There is high demand in the marketplace for graduates bringing the skills learned in ABSM. Our graduates may find employment in small, medium, and large companies located in urban, suburban, and rural settings. They also are employed by state and federal agencies. Some go on to more focused education in graduate school. For more information about careers go to our Career and Internship Resources page.