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 minor provides training in plant, soil, and pest management. This program can complement a variety of majors, enhancing agricultural related career opportunities in numerous sectors of the economy. Employment possibilities include 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, 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 minor, students will:
- achieve a fundamental understanding of basic agronomy principles and practices;
- gain an understanding of the scope, activities, and nomenclature in the field of agronomy;
- demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate (written, listening, and oral) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences;
- be an advocate for agronomy and agriculture in society; and
- be a lifelong learner.
Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and a grade of C or higher in the courses used to satisfy the Agronomy Minor.
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.