The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences includes departments that represent a broad range of disciplines.

Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) prepares educators, communicators, and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based information through learning, practice, and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families, and communities.

Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) promotes an inclusive, equitable, prosperous and sustainable society through the generation, teaching and application of knowledge in applied economics. AEDE offers cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary programs in agricultural economics and agribusiness; environmental and natural resource economics; sustainability; international and development economics; and urban, regional, and community economics.

Animal Sciences

The Department of Animal Sciences focuses on advancing animal sciences for the betterment of animals and humans through research, teaching, and outreach endeavors.  The department is the leading provider of animal science education and outreach in the state of Ohio.


The Department of Entomology is one of the oldest entomology departments in the nation, providing instruction in insect biology and management.  In addition to instruction, the faculty engages in research in entomology and related areas, and the extension program of the department provides information to agricultural and industrial groups and the general public.

Department of Extension

Our Department of Extension houses the educators who work across the state in county-based offices of OSU Extension in the areas of 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Food Science and Technology

The Department of Food Science and Technology is one of the largest food science programs in the United States, offering a wide variety of specialized cutting-edge research programs that focus in areas such as food and health, emerging novel food processing and packaging technologies, and, food safety and quality programs.

Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) offers diverse curriculums and research designed to advance science, teach principles and applications, and disseminate knowledge of engineering needed to efficiently produce, distribute, and process biological products while conserving natural resources, preserving environmental quality, and ensuring the health and safety of people.

Horticulture and Crop Science

The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS) offers over eighty undergraduate and graduate courses on a wide range of topics, and has a diverse approach to research and education through Extension.

Plant Pathology

The unique mission of the Department of Plant Pathology is the scientific investigation of environmental and biotic agents that cause plant diseases.  Plant Pathology is the sole academic unit dedicated to plant health and plant-microbe interactions in Ohio's higher education system, and one of only 16 stand-alone plant pathology departments in the U.S.

School of Environment and Natural Resources

The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the science and management of natural resources and the environment in harmony with its human dimensions.  SENR provides leadership, educates students, serves the general public, and conducts research that promotes the use of natural resources in an efficient, economically viable, environmentally compatible, and socially responsible manner.

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), located in Wooster, Ohio, is an associate degree-granting program within the College where students participate in a curriculum that includes general and basic studies, hands-on experience and a paid industry internship. Ohio State ATI is the largest institution of its kind in the U.S., offering 32 programs of study.