2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Agronomy (B.S.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

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Program Coordinator/Contact

David Wright, Maynard A. Klingbeil Endowed 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)

Program Information

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.

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Course Delivery Format

The program coursework is available on campus, in classroom and laboratory settings, as well as field-based settings.

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.

Requirements for Agronomy Major: 125 Credits

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements

Major Requirements

Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Electives

Take at least two credits from each of the three areas listed.  Credits: 15



Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 125


Cannot be used to solely meet area requirements.
Can only be used to meet requirements in one section
A Agronomy Major Core Curriculum: A student must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and a grade of C or higher in the courses used to satisfy the Agronomy core curriculum in order to graduate with a major in Agronomy.

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements* 30-34 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 58-64 Credit Hours
Plant Science Electives 15 Credit Hours
Electives** 12-22 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree shall include a minimum of 30 credit hours. Some general education coursework may be counted for Major Requirements and Supporting Coursework.
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.