Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, 1895-1970
From 1895 to 1970, the School of Agriculture awarded 8,084 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) degrees. Prior to 1895 and from 1970 until today, “agriculture” graduates earn the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree upon successful completion of an undergraduate program of study.
Currently, the college also awards baccalaureate degrees in agricultural engineering, biological engineering, forestry, and landscape architecture.
Purdue Board of Trustee meeting minutes of June 4, 1895, recorded the first Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree recipients. They were presented to Samuel Porter Carithers, George Earl Crampton, Harry Beecher Flesher, John Otis Honnold, William Waldo Kennon, Alfred Hiram King and Frank Luke.
The School of Agriculture was the first to have the Bachelor of Science degree with the school identity. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degrees were awarded a couple of years later.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree Recipients, Purdue University, 1895-1970
YEARS B.S.A. DEGREES AWARDED
1894-95 to 1909-10 117
1910-11 to 1924-25 1,215
1925-26 to 1939-40 1,004
1940-41 to 1954-55 2,202
1955-56 to 1970-71 3,546