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Department of Agronomy

Academic Options

Students in Agronomy pursue studies in plants, soils, and the environmental sciences by selecting one of six programs of study called Options. All options include courses in agronomy, physical and biological sciences, communication skills, social sciences, humanities, computers, and agriculture. Options emphasize the following areas.

Major Options:

Each option has an intereractive file (works with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets):

  • Business & Industry (.xlsx)
    • With an emphasis on economics and business related coursework, students are prepared for sales and management positions within the areas of plant, soil, and water resources management. This option prepares students for a wide range of careers in management, supervisory, education, service, and sales positions in agri-businesses and environmental agencies.
  • Consulting & Production (.xlsx)
    • Consulting and production integrates a broad spectrum of crop growth and protection strategies with principles and practices of using soil, plant, and water resources. The option prepares students for involvement with growers and producers by providing regulatory information on fertility, seed, weed, and pest management or being involved with farm operations at the production or management levels.
  • Plant Science & Biotechnology (.xlsx)
    • Enhanced by ongoing public and private research and development, the plant science and biotechnology option focuses on the role of cutting edge technology on advances in crop improvements and production and their vital roles in feeding the world.
  • Precision Agriculture (.xlsx)
    • In agronomy, precision agriculture focuses on the integration of crop, soil, and weather data. It uses the latest technology for developing site specific management systems to increase yield, profit, and reduce environmental impact. This option prepares students to become specialists in the collection, interpretation, and application of agronomic data for optimizing crop production.
  • Range Management (.xlsx)
    • Range management is the application of concepts, methods, and ecological principles in utilizing natural grassland resources for food production while protecting these valuable natural ecosystems. Grasslands are managed for many uses, including grazing, watershed, recreation, and wildlife.
  • Soil & Environmental Science (.xlsx)
    • Soil science focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils; their many varied uses; fertility and moisture; and managing them to ensure optimum crop growth. Soil science also includes additional aspects of soil uses, such as road and waterway construction, building site preparation, and waste disposal. Environmental science focuses on understanding natural cycles and processes involving soil, plants, water, and air resources. This knowledge is applied toward sustaining a quality environment in the face of the increasing demands our society places on these resources.

Secondary Major Option:

Adds breadth to meet the ever-enlarging demand environmental agencies require for integrated, science-based personnel.

Minor Program Options:

Adds an additional area of emphasis from another agriculutral area.