Begin Date: Spring Semester 1998
End Date: Summer Session 1999
PROFESSOR NATHAN L. HARTWIG, Program Coordinator
Agronomists are concerned with the principles and practices of field crop production and the conservation of soils and land resources. They must develop, communicate, and apply technical information about plants, soils, and agricultural production practices for food, feed, and fibert crops. Areas of emphasis include crop production and protection, plant breeding, forage management, soil conservation and fertility. Education in this major emphasizes the principles of plant and soil management and the basic sciences upon which these principles are based.
Graduates in agronomy have a wide choice of careers. Some who have the opportunity may return to the farm and become producers of farm products. Over 90 percent get jobs in services to the agricultural industry as farm managers, farm chemical and fertilizer store managers, sales representatives, field and laboratory technicians, crop management consultants, extension agents, soil and water conservationists and inspectors for various state and federal regulatory agencies.
Those students who anticipate enrollment in graduate school should elect the Agronomic Science option while those preparing to enter the profession with a B.S. degree should select the Professional Agronomy option. Business management skills can be developed by appropriate course selection in the Professional Agronomy option.
For the B.S. degree in Agronomy, a minimum of 128 credits is required.
AGRONOMY MINOR: Agronomy is concerned with the principles and practices of field crop production and the conservation of soils and land resources. Areas of emphasis include crop production and protection, plant breeding, forage management, nutrient management, and soil conservation and fertility. Education in this minor emphasizes the principles of plant and soil management and the basic sciences upon which these principles are grounded. A minor in agronomy can complement several majors, and will enhance career opportunities in farm management and the agricultural industry. Employment possibilities include farm chemical and fertilizer store managers, sales, representatives, field and laboratory technicians, crop management consultants, extension agents, soil and water conservationists, and inspectors for various state and federal regulatory agencies. Students must take AGRO 028(3), SOILS 101(3); select 6 credits from AGRO 423(3), 425(3), 438A(5), or SOILS 402(3); select 6 credits from courses in Entomology, Plant Pathology, or AGRO 495(1-5), for a total of 18 credits.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(18-21 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 7-11 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 92-96 credits
(This includes 18-21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 3-6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 60 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (51 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), 240W GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 034(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AGRO 028(3), CMPSC 101 GQ(3), SOILS 101(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ENT 012(3) (Sem: 5-6)
AGRO 410W(4), 423(3), 425(3), 438(4), 490(1) (Sem: 5-8)
PPATH 405(3), SOILS 402(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
AG EC 101 GS(3) or ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 222(3) or GEOSC 001(3) (Sem: 3-6)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 7-8)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 32-36 credits
PROFESSIONAL AGRONOMY OPTION: 33 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
SOILS 401(3), 415(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 6 credits from AGRO 495(5-1), HORT 407(3), SOILS 416(3), 422(3), TURF 235(3), 236(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in SPCOM 440W(3) (Sem: 1-7)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 9 credits from department professional management and economics list (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits from department professional agriculture list (Sem: 3-8)
AGRONOMIC SCIENCE OPTION: 32-36 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (8 credits)
CHEM 015 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 441(3), PHYS 215 GN(4) (Sem: 5-6)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-13 credits)
MATH 111 GQ(2), 141 GQ(4) or 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 1-4)
MICRB 106 GN(3), 107 GN(1); or MICRB 201(3), 202(2) (Sem: 3-6)
HORT 407(3) or SOILS 419(4) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 12 credits from department science option natural science list (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in STAT (Sem: 7-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Dropped by the Department: Summer Session 1999
Blue Sheet Item #: 27-03-001
Review Date: 1/21/00