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Curriculum in Agronomy
Students majoring in agronomy study crop, soil, and environmental sciences under one of five options: agroecology; agronomy management and business; plant breeding; research and development; or soil and environmental science. A minimum of 15 credits in agronomy courses must be earned at Iowa State.
The Agroecology option provides the scientific foundation for understanding and managing agricultural systems with ecological and environmental perspectives. Students may pursue graduate study or careers in sustainable agriculture. More information is available from an agronomy adviser or www.agron.iastate.edu/academic/undergraduate/agro_ecol.aspx.
Agronomy Management and Business
The Agronomy Management and Business option is designed for those individuals who seek employment as agronomists working in agribusinesses such as cooperatives, seed companies, herbicide and fertilizer dealers, or crop consulting firms. More information is available from an agronomy adviser or www.agron.iastate.edu/academic/undergraduate/mgt_bus.aspx.
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
The Plant Breeding and Biotechnology option is a science-oriented option recommended for those who would like to work in plant breeding or plant biotechnology. More information is available from an agronomy adviser or www.agron.iastate.edu/academic/undergraduate/plantbreeding.aspx.
Research and Development
The Research and Development is recommended for individuals who plan to work toward a graduate degree, or anyone who would like a strong science orientation in their degree program. More information is available from an agronomy adviser or www.agron.iastate.edu/academic/undergraduate/res_dev.aspx.
Soil and Environmental Science
The Soil and Environmental Science option is designed for those individuals interested in careers in environmental science, soil science, or natural resource managment. More information is available from an agronomy adviser or www.agron.iastate.edu/academic/undergraduate/soil_env.sci.aspx.