The SMSU Agronomy Program is housed within the Science Department and built on existing strengths in Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The program is designed to help the student make important connections between the natural world and human activities through an interdisciplinary approach to agriculture. The students learn about connections with the natural world, such as air, water, soil, and plant interactions, which provide them with the knowledge base and technical proficiency needed to be successful with a career in agronomy. Developing human connections with other students, faculty, business leaders and government agencies increase their interpersonal communication skills and networks necessary to be successful in the marketplace.
What is Agronomy?
Agronomy is the application of soil and plant sciences to land management and crop production that incorporates the wise use of natural resources and conservation practices.
Why choose Agronomy?
"I chose Agronomy at SMSU for the personal attention you can receive because of smaller class sizes which makes class an enjoyable working environment. I also enjoy the field trips that we take," ...Mitchell
"I chose the Agronomy program because of one-on-one interaction with professors, the hands-on experiments and the field trips which make learning easier and more fun." ...Ben
Agronomy students at SMSU conducting Research
Read: Marshall Independent Article (3/8/12)
- Bachelor of Science: Agronomy
Agronomy is a science discipline. Agronomy majors must have a foundation in the basic sciences and math. We encourage prospective students to prepare themselves in high school for the agronomy field by taking courses like biology, chemistry, physics and also math. Once accepted into the Agronomy program our students are then encouraged to take additional courses such as botany, biology, chemistry, math, soil science, crop physiology or production, pest management, and plant breeding to build knowledge and experience that will help them in their major.
After Graduation...Agronomy Students Do Great Things!
The Agronomy Program at SMSU prepares students for a variety of jobs and careers. Examples of places our students have gone to work and jobs they’ve gotten include:
- Grain Specialist
- Crop Consultant
- Ag Communications Officer
- Agricultural Instructor
- Extension Agent
- USDA-ARS Technician/ Agronomist
- Soil and Water Conservationist
- Farm & Ranch Manager
- Crop Insurance Adjuster
- Seed Industry Agronomist
- And many more!
Science Department, Agronomy
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street * Marshall, MN 56258
Ph: (507) 537-6178 * Fax: (507) 537-6151