Our department participates in two Bachelor of Science majors within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. These majors in Plant Science and Food Systems, have the advantage of involving many departments instead of just one, allowing students to interact with professors in many other disciplines. Students have more flexibility and freedom to explore agronomy and related disciplines while receiving excellent discipline-specific training.
A Curriculum That Fits You
Our undergraduate curriculum is flexible. Students take introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and math, and finish their education by selecting from the many courses offered by Agronomy and its related disciplines. In addition to the common coursework, undergraduates specialize their degree by choosing a pre-planned "Program of Study" or by developing their own specialty in consultation with their advisor. Students also complete at least one internship during their time as an undergraduate.
- Our students experience a vast amount of learning outside the classroom, and get to meet friends and gain experience in the Gopher Crops and Soils Club or Cornercopia (the Student Organic Farm). The more hands-on experience, the better!
- In addition to student clubs our students learn about careers in agronomy by attending professional conferences through the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, North Central Weed Science Society, Organic Seed Growers Association, and other organizations.
Plant Science majors who are interested in agronomy may want to pursue one of several tracks:
Plant Breeding: Study how to develop new cultivars of crops (fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers, turf) through standard breeding as well as biotechnology and molecular biology.
Agroecology: Focus on the interaction of plants with their environment. Study soils, plant physiology and ecology.
Agronomy Production: Focus on studies related to grain and forage crop production. Most courses focus on plant growth and sustainability. You will study topics such as Minnesota Crop Plants, Functional Crop Diversity, Management Strategies for Crop Production, and learn about precision agriculture techniques.
The major in Plant Science is a great program to consider if you are changing majors within the University of Minnesota or if you are transferring from another school. The major is flexible, and the large number of free electives built in makes it easy to 1) transfer coursework from other departments or universities or 2) pick up a minor. Please contact Carolyn Larson at [email protected] with any questions regarding a potential transfer.