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Agronomy Minor

Agriculture and Natural Resources
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2023
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 21
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.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Agronomy Minor
Take exactly 6 course(s) totaling 20 - 21 credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification (3.0 cr)
· SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
· Take exactly 1 course(s) from the following:
· AGRO 1540 - Seed Conditioning and Technology (4.0 cr)
· AGRO 2840 - Grain and Seed Evaluation (4.0 cr)
· Take exactly 1 course(s) from the following:
· AGRO 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
· Take exactly 1 course(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3130 - Forages (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
· Take exactly 1 course(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3023 - Plant Breeding and Genetics (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
 
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AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Morphological characteristics used in mature plant, seedling, and seed identification. Identifying economically important crops and weeds in all stages of growth throughout the United States.
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Recommended prereq: Chem 1001
AGRO 1540 - Seed Conditioning and Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Seed laws, certification standards, purity analysis, germination tests, vigor tests, principles of seed conditioning, handling equipment. Tours of facilities processing small grains, sunflowers, grasses, and legumes. Recommended prereq: AGRO 1030
AGRO 2840 - Grain and Seed Evaluation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analytical techniques, procedures, and practices in interpreting U.S. grain standards. Identifying seeds of crops, weeds, and diseases. Lab practice in grading grain according to U.S. standards and determining grain quality. Recommended prereq: AGRO 1030
AGRO 2573 - Entomology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AGRO2573/NATR2573
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Insect taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology. Emphasis on insects of economic importance, especially in the Upper Midwest. Control methods, including integrated pest management. prereq: Agro 1183 or Hort 1010
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applied use of agriculture chemicals. Safety, toxicity, efficacy, phytotoxicity, recommendations, environmental interactions. Recommended prereq: AGRO 1030
AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nature, diagnosis, and management of plant diseases. Identification, control, and life cycles of representative plant diseases significant in the Upper Midwest that illustrate plant pathology principles. Recommended prereq: Agro 1183 or Hort 1010
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. prereq: [BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent
AGRO 3130 - Forages
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Characteristics, distribution, preservation, and uses of forage crops for pasture, silage, hay, and soil improvement. Cultural practices, disease and insect control, seed production, forage storage. Interrelationships between animals and plants as they relate to selection, production, and utilization of forage crops.
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops. Recommended prereq: AGRO 1183, SOIL 1293
AGRO 3023 - Plant Breeding and Genetics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of plant breeding. Emphasizes application of genetic principles to plant breeding. Genetic variation, selection methods, cultivar development. Examples from common field/horticultural crops. Recommended prereq: BIOL 1009
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. Enforced prereq: SOIL 1293 Recommended prereq: CHEM 1001
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. Enforced prereq: SOIL 1293