Recommended Courses for Agronomy M.S.

This is a complete list of courses recommended for the Agronomy M.S. program. If you'd like to see which of these courses are currently open for registration, visit our courses page and select the "Programs" filter, then choose "Agronomy M.S."


AGRON 501: Crop Growth and Development - 3 Cr. | Fall, Spring

Physiological processes in crop growth, development and yield: photosynthesis, respiration, water relations, mineral nutrition, assimilate partitioning, seedling vigor, light interception and canopy growth, root growth, reproduction and yield. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 502: Chemistry, Physics, and Biology of Soils - 3 Cr. | Fall, Spring (odd years)

Soil chemical, physical, and biological properties that control processes within the soil, their influence on plant/soil interactions, and soil classification. Basic concepts in soil science and their applications. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 503: Climate and Crop Growth - 3 Cr. | Spring

Applied concepts in climate and agricultural meteorology with emphasis on the climate-agriculture relationship and the microclimate-agriculture interaction. Basic meteorological principles are also presented to support these applied concepts. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 511: Crop Improvement - 3 Cr. | Fall, Spring

Basic principles in the genetic improvement of crop plants. Methods of cultivar development in self-pollinated and cross-pollinated crop species. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 512: Soil - Plant Environment - 3 Cr. | Spring

Soil properties and their impact on soil/plant relationships. Soil structure, aeration, moisture, and nutrients will be discussed in the context of soil fertility and environmental quality management. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 513: Quantitative Methods for Agronomy - 3 Cr. | Fall, Spring

Quantitative methods for analyzing and interpreting agronomic information. Principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression, correlation, and graphical representation of data. Use of SAS and Excel for organization, analyzing, and presenting data. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 514: Integrated Pest Management - 3 Cr. | Summer

Principles and practices of weed science, entomology, and plant pathology applied to crop production systems. Biology, ecology and principles of integrated crop pest management. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 531: Crop Management and Ecology - 3 Cr. | Fall

Ecological principles underlying crop production systems. Crop production in the context of management approaches, system resources and constraints, and interactions. Emphasis on the ecology of row and forage crops common to the Midwest. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 532: Soil Management - 3 Cr. | Fall

Evaluates the impact of various soil management practices on soil and water resources. Combines and applies basic information gained in AGRON 502 and AGRON 512. Emphasizes the agronomic, economic, and environmental effects of soil management strategies. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 533: Crop Protection - 3 Cr. | Fall

Integrated management systems for important crop pests. Cultural, biological and chemical management strategies applicable to major crops grown in the Midwest. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 591: Agronomic Systems Analysis - 3 Cr. | Spring

Analysis of cropping systems from a problem-solving perspective. Case studies will be used to develop the students' ability to solve agronomic problems. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 592: Current Issues in Agronomy - 3 Cr. | Fall, Spring

Study and discussion of topics of current interest to the field of agronomy. While AGRON 591 deals with agronomics at the farm and landscape level, AGRON 592 seeks to address issues on a broader scale including off-farm agricultural impacts. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program.

AGRON 594: Workshop in Agronomy - 1 Cr. | Summer

Practical field and laboratory experiences integrating coursework in climatology, crops, and soils. Includes lectures, labs and local agri-business tours.

AGRON 599M: Creative Component - 1-3 Cr. | Summer, Fall

A written report based on research, library readings, or topics related to the student's area of specialization and approved by the student's advisory committee.

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