Agronomy, BS Curriculum

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The B.S. in agronomy is a career-oriented program that combines science-based agriculture training and education with a strong liberal arts background to produce graduates skilled in the highly technical fields of agronomic science and crop production. The flexibility of the two tracks, agronomy and crop production enables students to build a thorough understanding of crop science with a concentration in areas such as crop production, agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, integrated pest management, seed conditioning and technology, and other areas related to production and quality in the food and fiber industry.

Program outcomes: graduates will


Program Delivery

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Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Agronomy Program Requirements
Required courses - 48 credits
AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification (3.0 cr)
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
AGRO 1540 - Seed Conditioning and Technology (4.0 cr)
AGRO 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
AGRO 2840 - Grain and Seed Evaluation (4.0 cr)
AGRO 3023 - Plant Breeding and Genetics (4.0 cr)
AGRO 3130 - Forages (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
AGRO 3630 - Integrated Crop Management (Capstone) (3.0 cr)
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 3900 - Internship (0.5-3.0 cr)
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx


Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Agronomic Science EmphasisAgronomic Science

The agronomic science track allows students to build a thorough understanding of crop science with a concentration in areas such as agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, integrated pest management, and seed conditioning and technology.

Agronomic Science Requirements
Required courses - 13 credits
AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)

 

Agriculture/Natural Resources Electives
Students should take 7 credits of agriculture/natural resources electives selected from the following departments: AgBu, AgEc, Agro, ASM, AnSc, GnAg, Hort, NatR, Turf.

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement. Approximately 9 credits are needed.

 

Crop Production EmphasisCrop Production

The crop production track, along with building strong agronomic skills, has an agricultural business component that allows students to develop their marketing and farm business management skills.

Crop Production Requirements
Required courses - 13 credits
AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management (3.0 cr)
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing (3.0 cr)
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)

 

Agriculture/Natural Resources Electives
Students should take 7 credits of agriculture/natural resources electives selected from the following departments: AgBu, AgEc, Agro, AnSc, ASM, GnAg, Hort, NatR, Turf.

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement. Approximately 9 credits are needed.

 

 

 


Agronomy Minor Curriculum

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The agronomy minor prepares graduates to work in crop production operations and provides entry level education for jobs in the agriculture service sector. Potential employers include seed, feed, fertilizer, and chemical companies, grain inspection facilities, and grain elevators.


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Minor Requirements

Agronomy Minor Requirements
Required courses - 24 to 25 credits
AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification (3.0 cr)
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3023 - Plant Breeding and Genetics (4.0 cr)
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
AGRO 1540 - Seed Conditioning and Technology (4.0 cr)
or AGRO 2840 - Grain and Seed Evaluation (4.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
AGRO 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
AGRO 3130 - Forages (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)