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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

MAJOR: Agronomy

Agronomy is an understanding of the principles of plant and soil science and an application of these principles in the production of crops. Commercial sector careers include positions in agricultural consulting companies, agricultural seed or chemical companies, research and development with commercial companies, as well as farm and/or ranch management. Careers in county, state or federal agencies are in the areas of USDA, Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Two options are available in the agronomy major. In addition to the completion of the requirements of the major listed above, you must elect an option and complete 25 credits from the requirements for that option. To deviate from the courses required within an option, you must file a formal petition, subject to approval by departmental committee. You should develop a specific program of study in consultation with a departmental agronomy advisor.

Requirements

At least 24 credits from agronomy and soil science courses with a grade of C- or above, including the following:

AGRO 100GIntroductory Plant Science

4 cr. (3+2P)

AGRO 305Principles of Genetics

3 cr.

AGRO 365Principles of Crop Production

4 cr. (3+3P)

AGRO 447Seminar

1 cr.

AGRO 483Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops

4 cr. (3+2P)

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

SOIL 252 LSoils Laboratory

1 cr.

SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility

3 cr.

SOIL 312 LSoil Management and Fertility Lab

1 cr.

Other required courses include:

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

AG E 250Technology and Communication for Business Management

3 cr. (2+2P)

 

BIOL 111GNatural History of Life

3 cr.

and

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

 

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

MATH – to equal the proficiency level of MATH 142G or MATH 121G

3 cr.

One course from the following:

EPWS 303Economic Entomology

4 cr. (3+2P)

EPWS 310Plant Pathology

4 cr. (3+2P)

EPWS 311Introduction to Weed Science

4 cr. (3+2P)

Two options are available in the agronomy major. In addition to the completion of the requirements of the major listed above, you must elect an option and complete 25 credits from the requirements for that option. To deviate from the courses required within an option, you must file a formal petition, subject to approval by departmental committee. You should develop a specific program of study in consultation with a departmental agronomy advisor.

OPTION: Crop Consulting

Required courses:

AG E 236Agribusiness Management Principles

3 cr.

AG E 315VWorld Agriculture and Food Problems

3 cr.

AG E 450Advanced Microcomputer Applications in Agriculture

3 cr. (2+2P)

AGRO 311Introduction to Weed Science

4 cr.

AGRO 365Principles of Crop Production

4 cr. (3+3P)

AGRO 462Plant Breeding

3 cr.

AGRO 483Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops

4 cr. (3+2P)

AGRO 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders

3 cr. (2+3P)

B A 202Small Business Enterprise

3 cr.

EPWS 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management

3 cr.

EPWS 456Biological Control

3 cr.

HORT 471Plant Mineral Nutrition

3 cr.

HORT 485Vegetable Crop Management

4 cr. (3+2P)

SOIL 456Irrigation and Drainage

3 cr.

SPAN 111Elementary Spanish I

4 cr.

SPAN 211Intermediate Spanish I

3 cr.

AGRO 365, AGRO 462, AGRO 483, AGRO 492: These courses are mandatory

OPTION: General Agronomy

Required courses:

AG E 236Agribusiness Management Principles

3 cr.

AG E 305Marketing and Pricing Agricultural Products

3 cr.

AG E 315VWorld Agriculture and Food Problems

3 cr.

AGRO 391Internship

1-6 cr.

AGRO 471Plant Mineral Nutrition

3 cr.

AGRO 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders

3 cr. (2+3P)

BIOL 312Plant Taxonomy

3 cr. (2+3P)

BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

BLAW 316Legal Environment of Business

3 cr.

EPWS 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

HORT 250Plant Propagation

3 cr. (2+2P)

HORT 485Vegetable Crop Management

4 cr. (3+2P)

RGSC 294Rangeland Resource Management

3 cr.

RGSC 325Rangeland Restoration Ecology

3 cr.

SOIL 456Irrigation and Drainage

3 cr.

AGRO 471, AGRO 492, and BIOL 313: These courses are mandatory