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Agronomy

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371 Moore Hall, 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; agronomy.wisc.edu

Professors Tracy (chair), Albrecht, Casler, Duke, Henson, Jahn, S. Kaeppler, Lauer, Stoltenberg, Undersander; Associate Professors Ané, Conley, Jackson, H. Kaeppler, Kucharik; Assistant Professors Davis, de Leon, Renz

Agronomy is plant biology striving to meet the world's expanding need for food, fiber, and fuel in an efficient, environmentally sound, and sustainable manner. The agronomy curriculum offers undergraduate and graduate studies in plant biotechnology, breeding, genetics, physiology, crop management and protection strategies, agroecology, and sustainable agriculture.

Agronomy undergraduate students concentrate on plant science courses, but also select related courses in soil science, genetics, economics, business, engineering, entomology, and the animal sciences depending upon their interests. The undergraduate agronomy program prepares graduates for an expanding array of employment opportunities. Career possibilities include biotechnology, research, agri-business, resource conservation, and crop production and management. In addition to classroom learning, most students gain practical experience in their area of interest and earn degree credit at the same time through internships or independent study. The agronomy major also serves as an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced studies in plant biotechnology, breeding, genetics, physiology, crop management, agroecology, or sustainable agriculture. Graduate programs are described in the Graduate School Catalog.

A student majoring in agronomy is placed in the Bachelor of Science degree program. This program is flexible enough to provide for a student's individual needs and interests.

Requirements for the Major

Required Courses

Mathematics and Statistics (6 cr)

Math 112 or 114 or 171 or may be satisfied by placement exam
3 credits required from: Stat 201, 224, 301, 371, 541, 571, Comp Sci 302

Chemistry (4-5 cr)

Chem 103 or 109

Biology (10 cr)

One of the following sets:
Botany 130 and Zoology 101 and 102
Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152
Biocore 301 (381, effective spring 2014) and 302 (382, effective spring 2014) and 303 (383, effective spring 2014) and 304 (384, effective spring 2014) [catalog update 8/23/13]

Economics (3–4 cr)

AAE 215 or Econ 101 or 111

Foundation (8 cr)

8 credits required from any of the following courses:

Ag Social Science: AAE 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 336, 421, 426, 427, 474, 577, C&E Soc 140, 222, 230, 578, 650, L SC Com 320, 479

Animal Science: An Sci 101, 200, 250, 311, 430, 431, 432, Comp Bio 404, Dy Sci 205, 305, 361, 363, 370, 433, Entom 302, 351

Atmospheric Science: Atm Ocn 100, 171, 472

Biological Systems Engineering: BSE 201, 202, 210, 216, 218, 240, 243, 245

Food Science: Food Sci 120, 235, 236, 440, AAE 340, Nutr Sci 510

Management: Acct I S 211, 301, 302, AAE 320, 322, 323, 336, 337, 419, 420, 421, 424, 426, 427, 474, 577, Gen Bus 301, 302, Finance 300, Intl Bus 200, Marketing 305, 310, 420, 460, 635, 640, MHR 420, 422, 612, OTM 330, RMI 300, Tran P U 325, 630

Nutritional Science: Nutr Sci 132, 311, 332, 350, 540

Soil Science: Soil Sci 315, 324, 325

Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Genetics: Microbio 101, 102, 303, 304, 324, 325, Biochem 501, Genetics 160, 466

Ecological Sciences: F&W Ecol 100, 455, 460, 461, 527, 550

Core (18–19 cr)

Agronomy 100
Soil Sci 301
Genetics 160 or 466 or Agronomy 338
PL PATH 300 or Entom 302 or 351
Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 460

Electives within the Major (14 cr)

14 additional credits of Agronomy required. No more than three credits total in 299, 399, 699. Credits used to satisfy the Capstone experience may not count here.

Capstone (2 cr)

Agronomy 500
***Agronomy 500 requires Agronomy 399 or 699 as a prerequisite.

Recommended Agronomy Electives

Agronomy 338, Botany 300, 350, Entom 302, 351, Pl Path 300