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Crops, Soils and Pest Management (CSPM)

The CSPM major is for students desiring a proficiency in principles and practices necessary to manage food and fiber systems. Students follow a strong science-based curriculum that emphasizes crop production, pest management, and soil science, as well as communication.

Career Opportunities
The CSPM major prepares students for challenging careers as representatives and sales managers for feed, seed, chemical and crop protection companies, farm managers, soil and water specialists/conservationists, and production agriculturalists. This degree can also lead to careers as extension educators, state and federal regulatory professionals, and researchers.

CSPM majors may join the SMSU Agribusiness/Agronomy Club and participate on the Soil Judging Team. As SMSU students, they may participate in the Global Studies Program, Regional and Rural Studies, academic organizations, student government, club and varsity sports, music and the arts, campus ministry, intramural sports, study abroad, the LIFE scholar program, and special events.

Marshall is the agribusiness capital of southwestern Minnesota, providing students with part-time work, internship opportunities, and practical experience. Field laboratory experiences and opportunities for involvement in summer internships and research projects are available through the University of Minnesota's Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton, Minnesota. Internship opportunities may include working with agronomy, elevators, grain merchandising firms, farms/ranches, chemical companies, and agricultural finance and banking firms.

For incoming freshmen and transfers in the AIM major, the Parker & Isabella Sanders Scholarship is available. Application are available through the SMSU Office of Admission and early application is encouraged. Incoming students may also be eligible for a number of academic and leadership scholarships through the SMSU Office of Admission. These scholarships are awarded based on a student's past academic record, including ACT/SAT scores, class rank, GPA, and leadership potential. Continuing students may seek available scholarship through the SMSU Financial Aid Office.

Students should complete the University of Minnesota's high school course preparation requirements which include 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, 2 years of a single foreign language, and 1 year in the visual or performing arts. Please note that applicants who do not complete this high school preparation may sometimes be admitted if they have promising academic records and meet other entrance requirements, but they must make up the deficiency before completing their degree.

In addition to the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, laboratory courses in the agricultural programs are supported by the SMSU greenhouse, which may also be used for student projects or internships. Access to DTN for market and weather information is available through the SMSU Agribusiness Management Program. Students alos have access to a GIS lab in addition to a computer lab dedicated to the AIM, CSPM, and SMSU Agribusiness Management majors.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science: Agricultural Industries and Marketing (AIM)

Students must complete at least 120 credits, including 86-98 credits in the major, as well as the University of Minnesota's liberal education requirements.

For more information please contact:
Tracy Pease, U of M Coordinator, at 1-800-642-0684 (
or SMSU Science Department at (507) 537-6178.

This page was last revised 03/27/03.

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