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 major emphasizes the principles of plant and soil management and the basic sciences upon which these principles are based.

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 lab technicians, crop management consultants, extension agents, soil and water conservationists, and inspectors for various state and federal regulatory agencies.


Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits of mostly Agronomy and Soils courses.

Prescribed Courses

Prescribed courses for Agronomy minor are as follows:

  • AGRO 028 (3) - Principles of Crop Management
  • SOILS 101 (3) - Introduction to Soils

Additional Courses

The student must also select an additional 6 credits from these courses:
  • AGRO 423 (3) - Forage Crop Management
  • AGRO 425 (3) - Field Crop Management
  • AGRO 438A (5) - Principles of Weed Control and Herbicide Properties or SOILS 402(3) - Chemistry of Soils and Fertilizers

Supporting Courses and Related Areas

The student also must select 6 credits from these supporting courses and related areas:
  • AGRO 438B (1) - Weed Identification
  • AGRO 495 (1 - 3) - Internship
  • ENT 313 (2) - Introduction to Applied Entomology
  • ENT 316 (1) - Field Crop Entomology
  • PPATH 405 (3) - Microbe-Plant Interactions


Students may apply for admission to the Agronomy minor by submitting an Application for Admission to a Minor form in room 115 ASI Building. The approval of the student's major program adviser is also required. For additional information, contact the Department of Crop and Soil Science at 814-865-6541, or visit the Agronomy Minor Web site .