Agronomic Sciences

 

This concentration develops agronomists. These scientists have career opportunities with chemical, seed, and fertilizer companies; as consultants; with governmental agencies such as the departments of agriculture and/or natural resources, as pest management specialists and managers or grower organizations; in agencies involving environmental issues; and international agriculture.

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University and College Requirements (41 credits)

  • Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures (WRA) - 4 credits
    • WRA 110-150
  • Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities (IAH) - 8 credits

    • IAH 201-210
    • IAH 211-241
  • Integrative Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (ISS) - 8 credits

    • ISS 200-level
    • ISS 300-level
  • PLB 105 Plant Biology - 3 credits
  • PLB 106 Plant Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
  • CEM 141 General Chemistry - 4 credits
  • CEM 143 Survey of Organic Chemistry - 4 credits
  • CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 credit
  • MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry - 5 credits
  • EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics - 3 credits

Departmental Requirements (42 credits)

  • CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science - 3 credits
  • CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy - 2 credits
  • CSS 192 Professional Development Seminar I - 1 credit
  • CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil and Landscape Science - 3 credits
  • CSS 302 Principles of Weed Management - 3 credits
  • CSS 330 Soil Chemistry - 2 credits
  • CSS 340 Applied Soil Physics - 2 credits
  • CSS 350 Plant Genetics - 3 credits
  • CSS 360 Soil Biology - 3 credits
  • CSS 470 Soil Resources - 3 credits
  • CSS 480 Soil Fertility and Management - 3 credits
  • CSS 488 Agricultural Cropping Systems: Integration and Problem Solving - 3 credits
  • CSS 492 Professional Development Seminar II - 1 credit
  • CSS 493 Professional Internship - 3 credits
  • ENT 404 Insects: Success in Biodiversity - 3 credits
  • PLP 405 Plant Pathology - 4 credits
  • One of the following courses (3 credits):
    • HRT 361 Applied Plant Physiology - 3 credits
    • PLB 301 Introductory Plant Physiology - 3 credits
  • One of the following courses (2 or 3 credits):

    • CSS 222 New Horizons in Biotechnology - 2 credits
    • CSS 441 Plant Breeding and Biotechnology - 3 credits
    • CSS 451 Biotechnology Applications for Plant Breeding and Genetics - 3 credits

Electives (31 to 32 credits)

Suggested Electives

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
YEAR 1
CEM 141 4 ISS 2XX 4
CEM 161 1 PLB 105 3
CSS 101 3 PLB 106 1
CSS 110 2 WRA 110-150 4
CSS 192 1 Electives 2
MTH 116 5    
  16 credits   14 credits
YEAR 2
CEM 143 4 CSS 330 2
CSS 210 3 CSS 340 2
EC 201 3 IAH 201-210 4
Electives 5 ISS 3xx 4
    Electives 3
  15 credits   15 credits
YEAR 3
CSS 302 3 CSS 350 3
CSS 360 3 CSS 493 3
IAH 211-241 4 PLP 405 4
HRT 361 or PLB 301 3 Electives 5
Electives 2    
  15 credits   15 credits
YEAR 4
CSS 470 3 CSS 441 or CSS 451 3
CSS 480 3 CSS 488 3
CSS 492 1 Electives 9
ENT 404 3    
Electives 5    
  15 credits   15 credits

Suggested Elective Courses

Suggested Electives

Academic Advising

For questions regarding course requirements, substituting or waiving required courses, independent study courses, and planning your semester schedule of courses, contact a Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences academic advisor:

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Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue Street, Room 482
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1325
phone: (517) 355-0271 ext. 1233