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Agronomy M.S.

Taking soil samples.

Become an agronomist.

Required credits: 40

The Master of Science Agronomy is a professional degree program designed for individuals working in industry, government, or education. The degree ensures you have an advanced knowledge of agronomic systems and superior problem-solving skills. The computer-based program, begun in 1998, emphasizes practical, professional, and technical skills involved in crop management, soil and water management, and integrated pest management.

The curriculum consists of 12 3-credit courses, a 1-credit practicum, and 3 credits of creative component, for a total of 40 credits. Students will be required to travel to campus twice.  The first visit will be halfway through the program to attend the practicum (3-4 days), the last week in July.  The second visit is at the end of the program, to present the creative component for the final oral exam.

The program prerequisites include undergraduate coursework in Algebra, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, Crops and Soils.  Generally, students who have completed a degree from a College of Agriculture will meet the requirements.  Students who do not have the undergraduate coursework will need to complete any missing prerequisites before starting the program.

Program at a Glance

  • Understand the scientific principles underlying crop management and physiology, plant improvement, climatology, soil management and fertility, integrated pest management, and the interaction of these principles
  • Critically evaluate research in terms of design, content, potential application, and limitations with respect to agronomic systems
  • Apply agronomic knowledge to real-world problems via application of scientific principles
  • Understand moral, ethical, and legal perspectives of agricultural activities
  • Understand group dynamics and facilitate the accomplishment of individual and collective goals
  • Communicate effectively with scientists, professionals, farmers, other professionals, and the general public for the purposes of learning and informing
  • Communicate electronically and utilize various Internet information services.