David Wright, Department Head
Brent Turnipseed, Assistant Department Head
Hani Ghosheh, Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science
Raven Precision Agriculture Center 140
605-688-5123 (Department Head, SRPAC 140)
605-688-4450 (Teaching Office, SNP 247)
The Agronomy major provides broad training in the plant and soil sciences and in crop production technology. The integrated program is designed to provide students with an understanding and knowledge base in crops, seeds, soils, weeds, entomology, plant pathology, breeding and genetics, precision agriculture, natural resource management, and the interaction of production systems. This major is recommended for students interested in cropping systems, natural/agricultural resource management, or the agribusiness areas of crops, soils, and pest management. Individuals can prepare for careers in crop consulting, crop/plant research, and with private industry managing agricultural inputs such as pesticides and fertilizers; developing improved seed traits, plant sciences, genomics, grain production, sales, and seed production; and for work with government agencies, such as the Cooperative Extension Service, Farm Service Agency, Agricultural Research Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Agronomy major, students will:
- Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic Agronomy principles and practices.
- Demonstrate the ability to think creatively and to apply critical thinking skills when evaluating and analyzing information.
- Demonstrate the ability to learn, develop, and apply skills for the application of existing and emerging knowledge and technologies in Agronomy.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific principles, quantitative skills, and other problem solving skills in Agronomy.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical and sustainable practices in the agronomic fields.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate (written, listening and oral) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
Course Delivery Format
The program coursework is available on campus, in classroom and laboratory settings, as well as field-based settings.