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Agronomy- Soil Science Concentration

The Agronomy-Soil Science concentration involves the study of basic soil properties and processes with emphasis on improving crop yields, establishing a basis for making management decisions and conserving our soil resources.  This option prepares students for careers in state and federal soil and water agencies, fertilizer industry, land reclamation and commercial crop production.

Sample 4 year degree path

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Colonnade Requirements 39 hours

Basic Agriculture Requirements 29 hours - effective Fall 2017

  • AGRO 110 Intro to Plant Science (3 hrs)
  • ANSC 140 Intro to Animal Science (3 hrs)
  • AGEC 160 Intro to Agribusiness (3 hrs)
  • AGMC 170/171 Ag Mech/Lab (2/1 hrs)
  • AGRI 175 University Experience for Ag Majors (1 hr)
  • AGMC 176 Agriculture Safety (2 hrs)
  • AGRI 291 Intro Data Analysis (3 hrs) OR
    • AGRI 491 Data Analysis & Interpretation (3 hrs)
  • AGRO 320 Crop Physiology OR
    • ANSC 345 Animal Nutrition (3 hrs) OR
    • AGMC 326 Precision Agriculture (3 hrs) OR
    • AGEC 360 Agriculture Economics (3 hrs)
  • AGRO 350 Soils (3 hrs)
  • AGRI 397 Agriculture Career Planning (1 hr)
  • AGRI 398 Seminar (1 hr)
  • AGRI 494 Contemporary Agriculture Issues (3 hrs) Must be senior
    standing to enroll in this course

 Required Soils Course 1 hour

  • AGRO 351

 Suggested Soil Science Courses 12 hours (any 4 of the following)

  • AGRO 352 Soil Fertility & Fertilizer
  • AGRO 454 Soil Management & Conservation
  • AGRO 457/458 Soil Formation, Classification & Mapping/Laboratory
  • AGRO 452 Soil Microbiology
  • AGRO 455/456 Soil Chemistry

Suggested Plant Science Courses 6 hours (any 2 of the following)

  • AGRO 310 Pest Management
  • AGRO 409/410 Weed Science/Laboratory
  • AGRO 414 Crop Improvement
  • AGRO 420/421 Forage Crops/Laboratory
  • AGRO 422 Field Crops
  • AGRO 475 Special Topics in Agronomy
  • AGRI 493 Sustainable Agriculture


Suggested Agriculture Electives- To complete requirements for major (2 hour minimum) (Agriculture electives can come from any of the following areas: Agronomy, Horticulture, Agricultural Mechanization, Animal Science, Agriculture, Agricultural Education, and/or Agricultural Economics


Electives to complete 120 hours

Related Area Electives (If all courses are taken this can lead to a GIS certification in the Geography/Geology Department- Check with that Department)

  • GEOG 217 Fundamentals of GIS
  • GEOG 317 GIS
  • GEOG 417 GIS Analysis and Modeling
  • GEOG 419 GIS Application Development

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