Agronomy - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

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.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1 14
English Composition - Level 2
Choose from one of the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Professional and Technical Communication Honors3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
Choose from one of the following:3
College Algebra3
Applications of Calculus I3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Area IV: Social & Behavorial Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
AGRO 1110GIntroduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)4
or HORT 1115G Introductory Plant Science
Viewing A Wider World 26
Departmental/College Requirements
AEEC 2140Technology and Communication for Business Management3
AGRO 305Principles of Genetics (or GENE 320 AND EPWS 301)3
AGRO 311Introduction to Weed Science4
AGRO 365Principles of Crop Production4
AGRO 447Seminar1
AGRO 449Special Problems1-3
AGRO 462Plant Breeding3
AGRO 471Plant Mineral Nutrition3
AGRO 483Advanced Sustainable Crop Production4
or HORT 485 Vegetable Crop Management
AGRO 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
EPWS 303Economic Entomology3
EPWS 310Plant Pathology4
EPWS 314Plant Physiology3
SOIL 2110
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory
SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility3
SOIL 312 LSoil Management and Fertility Lab1
Other Required Courses
Choose 10 credits from the following:10
Principles of Food and Agribusiness Management3
Marketing and Food Agricultural Products3
World Agriculture and Food Problems3
Plant Propagation3
Plant Taxonomy3
Economic Entomology3
Legal Environment of Business3
Agricultural Biotechnology3
Fungal Biology3
Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
Crop Physiology3
Introduction to Rangeland Management3
Irrigation and Drainage3
Spanish I4
Spanish II4
Spanish III3
Non- Departmental Requirements (other than Gen.Ed/VWW)
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
BIOL 2610GPrinciples of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution3
BIOL 2110GPrinciples of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants3
CHEM 2115Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory4
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 35-7
Total Credits120

 See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses


 See the Viewing a Wider World Section of the catalog for a full list of courses


Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra  and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1220G
College Algebra 1
or Applications of Calculus I
AGRO 1110G
Introduction to Plant Science (Lecture & Lab)
or Introductory Plant Science
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
Students who must be enrolled in 15 credits a semester for Financial Aid purposes will need to enroll in additional elective credits
Semester 2
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 1 3
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
CHEM 1121 General Supplemental Instruction I 1
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
AEEC 2140 Technology and Communication for Business Management 3
BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution 1 3
Second Year
Semester 1
ACOM 1130G Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture 1 3
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
SOIL 2110
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 1
BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Semester 2
AGRO 305 Principles of Genetics 1 3
CHEM 2115 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory 1 4
BIOL 313 Structure and Function of Plants 1 3
A ST 311 Statistical Applications 1 3
EPWS 303 Economic Entomology (Spring Only) 1 3
Third Year
Semester 1
AGRO 365 Principles of Crop Production (Fall Only) 1 4
EPWS 310 Plant Pathology (Fall Only) 1 4
AGRO 311 Introduction to Weed Science (Fall Only) 1 4
AGRO Option Course 4 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Semester 2
SOIL 312 Soil Management and Fertility (Spring Only) 1 3
SOIL 312 L Soil Management and Fertility Lab 1
EPWS 314 Plant Physiology (Spring Only) 1 3
AGRO Option Course 4 3
AGRO Option Course 4 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Fourth Year
Semester 1
AGRO 492 Diagnosing Plant Disorders (Fall Only) 1 3
AGRO 449 Special Problems 1-3
AGRO 462 Plant Breeding (Fall Only) 1 3
AGRO 483
Advanced Sustainable Crop Production (Spring Only) 1
or Vegetable Crop Management
AGRO Option Course 4 3
Semester 2
AGRO 447 Seminar (Spring Only) 1
AGRO 471 Plant Mineral Nutrition (Spring Only) 1 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 1
 Total Credits120-122

These courses have prerequisites and it is the students responsibility to check and fulfill all course prerequisites listed for these courses.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


Consult with your departmental advisor.