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    D.B. Mengel, Head
    M.D. Ransom, Assistant Head—Teaching
    R.E. Lamond, Extension State Leader
    G.J. Kluitenberg, Graduate Program Coordinator

    Professors Al-Khatib, Buchholz, Claassen, Devlin, Donnelly, Fjell, Gordon, Ham, Hargrove, Kilgore, Kirkham, Kluitenberg, Lamond, Liang, Maddux, Mengel, Ohlenbusch, Owensby, Pierzynski, Peterson, Posler, Ransom, Regehr, Rice, Schapaugh, Shroyer, Skidmore, Stone, Thien, and Welch; Associate Professors Brown-Guedira, Duncan, Ehler, Fick, A. Fritz, J. Fritz, Hagen, Heer, Janssen, Leikam, Martin, Staggenborg, Thompson, and Tuinstra; Assistant Professors Dille, McVay, and Wagner; Research Assistant Professors Kulako and Rife; Instructors Cunningham and D. Minihan; Agronomist Schaffer; Associate Agronomist Mannschreck and Roozeboom; Emeriti: Professors Barnett, Bidwell, Bieberly, Bohannon, Hobbs, Jacobs, Mader, Paulsen, Russ, Swallow, Vanderlip, Wassom, Whitney, and Withee; Associate Professors Eberle, Ohlenbusch, and Walter; Assistant Professors Lundquist and Moore.


    Bachelor of science in agriculture
    127 semester hours

    Agronomy includes crop, soil, weed, range, and environmental sciences. Students in agronomy have diverse interests, including crop production and physiology; crop breeding; soil management, fertility, and conservation; soil and water quality; physical and chemical properties of soils; forages; and range management.

    Students majoring in agronomy are required to complete the following courses, plus those in the option that the student selects.

    ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
    ENGL 200Expository Writing II3
    SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
    MATH 100College Algebra3
    AGRON 220Crop Science4
    AGRON 305Soils4
    AGRON 455Computer Applications in Agronomy3
    University General Education courseCHM 210Chemistry I4
    University General Education courseCHM 230Chemistry II4
    University General Education courseBIOL 198Principles of Biology4
    BIOL 210General Botany4
    Social sciences/humanities electives3-9
    Communications elective3
    All options except soil and environmental science require
    GENAG 101Ag Orientation1
    University General Education courseECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
    *Agronomy majors must include 18 credit hours of university general education courses, with at least 6 credit hours numbered >= 300. At least one university general education course must be taken in each of the following categories: (a) biological and physical sciences, (b) communications, social sciences, and humanities, (c) agriculture, and (d) free electives.
    Additional courses required for specific option:
    Business and industry option
    AGEC 120Agricultural Econ/Agribusiness3
    ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics3
    AGRON 330Weed Science3
    AGRON 360Crop Growth and Development3
    AGRON 375Soil Fertility3
    AGRON 405Internship in Agronomy3
    Agronomy electives9
    General agriculture elective 3
    University General Education courseSTAT 350Business and Economics Statistics I3
    Agricultural economics or business12
    University General Education courseACCTG 231Accounting for Business Operations3
    PLPTH 500Plant Pathology3
    ENTOM 300Economic Entomology3
    Two of the following:
    ASI 500Genetics3
    AGRON 645Soil Microbiology4
    BIOL 455General Microbiology4
    BIOL 500Plant Physiology4
    BIOL 529Fundamentals of Ecology3
    GEOG 508Fundamentals of GIS3
    MATH 205Calculus and Linear Algebra3
    PHYS 115Descriptive Physics5
    Consulting and production option
    AGRON 330Weed Science3
    AGRON 360Crop Growth and Development3
    AGRON 375Soil Fertility3
    AGRON 385Soil Fertility Lab2
    AGRON 405Internship in Agronomy3
    AGRON 650Integrated Weed Management3
    University General Education courseAGEC 120Agricultural Econ/Agribusiness3
    University General Education courseECON 120Principles of Microeconomics3
    ENTOM 300Economic Entomology3
    ENTOM 312General Entomology2
    ENTOM 313General Entomology Lab1
    ENTOM 612Insect Pest Diagnosis2
    ENTOM 767Insect Pest Management3
    PLPTH 500Plant Pathology3
    PLPTH 585Crop Diseases2
    ATM 653Irrigation Practices3
    Agricultural electives14-16
    Business or economics electives3
    One of the following:
    AGRON 645Soil Microbiology4
    ASI 500Genetics3
    BIOL 455General Microbiology4
    BIOL 529Fundamentals of Ecology3
    GEOG 508Fundamentals of GIS3
    Range management option
    MATH 150Plane Trigonometry3
    BIOL 500Plant Physiology4
    BIOL 529Fundamentals of Ecology3
    BIOL 551Taxonomy of Flowering Plants4
    ENTOM 300Economic Entomology3
    University General Education courseGEOL 100Earth in Action3
    AGRON 501Range Management3
    AGRON 515Soil Genesis and Classification3
    AGRON 560Field Identification of Range and
    Pasture Plants1
    AGRON 660Range Research Techniques3
    AGRON 670Range Management Problems3
    AGRON 681Range Ecology3
    AGRON 762Range Grasses2
    AGRON 790Range Management Planning3
    ASI 102Principles of Animal Science3
    ASI 515Beef Science3
    University General Education courseAGEC 120Agricultural Econ/Agribusiness3
    University General Education courseECON 120Principles of Microeconomics3
    Math or statistics elective3
    Plant science and biotechnology option
    University General Education courseAGEC 120Agricultural Econ/Agribusiness3
    University General Education courseAGEC 415The Global Agricultural Economy, Hunger, and Poverty3
    AGRON 330Weed Science3
    AGRON 360Crop Growth and Development3
    AGRON 375Soil Fertility3
    AGRON 610Biotechnology3
    AGRON 630Crop Improvement and Biotechnology3
    Agronomy electives9
    PLPTH 500Plant Pathology3
    ASI 500Genetics3
    University General Education courseBIOL 450Modern Genetics3
    BIOL 500Plant Physiology4
    CHM 350General Organic Chemistry3
    CHM 371Chemical Analysis4
    University General Education courseSTAT 340Biometrics3
    MATH 150Plane Trigonometry3
    MATH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
    PHYS 114General Physics II4
    PHYS 115Descriptive Physics5
    ENTOM 300Economic Entomology3
    Plus 12 credit hours from the following courses:
    AGRON 770Plant Genetics3
    BIOCH 521General Biochemistry3
    BIOL 529Fundamentals of Ecology3
    BIOL 675Genetics of Microorganisms3
    BIOL 676Molecular Genetics Lab3
    ENTOM 745Plant Resistance to Insects2
    MATH 220Analytical Geometry and Calculus4
    PHYS 114General Physics II4
    PLPTH 635Introduction to Plant Resistance to Pests2
    PLPTH 585Crop Diseases2
    PLPTH 755Plant Resistance to Diseases1
    Soil and environmental science option
    MATH 150Plane Trigonometry3
    University General Education courseSTAT 340Biometrics I3
    University General Education courseGEOL 100Earth in Action3
    GEOL 103Geology Laboratory1
    University General Education courseAGEC 525Natural Resources Environmental
    HIST 511Environmental History3
    SOCIO 536Environmental Sociology3
    University General Education courseAGEC 120Agricultural Econ/Agribusiness3
    University General Education courseECON 120Principles of Microeconomics3
    University General Education courseAGRON 335Environmental Quality3
    AGRON 360Crop Growth and Development3
    AGRON 375Soil Fertility3
    AGRON 385Soil Fertility Lab2
    AGRON 515Soil Genesis and Classification3
    AGRON 605Soil and Environmental Chemistry3
    AGRON 635Soil Conservation and Management3
    AGRON 645Soil Microbiology4
    AGRON 646Soil Microbiology Lab1
    AGRON 746Physical Properties of Soils3
    Four of the following courses:
    AGRON 655Site Specific Agriculture3
    ATM 661Water and Waste in the Environment3
    BAE 533Applied Hydrology3
    BIOCH 521General Biochemistry3
    BIOL 500Plant Physiology4
    BIOL 529Fundamentals of Ecology3
    CHM 371Chemical Analysis4
    University General Education courseFOR 375Introduction to Natural Resource Management3
    GEOG 508Fundamentals of GIS3
    GEOG 535Fundamentals of Climatology3
    GEOG 705Remote Sensing Environment3
    GEOG 725Geography of Water Resources3
    GEOL 506Geology and Environment3
    GEOL 520Geomorphology2
    MATH 220Analytical Geometry and Calculus4
    PHYS 114General Physics4
    University General Education courseDenotes university general education courses.
    Research center, laboratory, and greenhouse facilities are used by the Department of Agronomy for both research and instruction.

    Agronomy minor
    Students enrolled in any primary undergraduate major will be admitted as a candidate for the agronomy minor program upon filing a notice of intent with the department's teaching office. Admission must be completed prior to enrollment in the final 9 hours of course work to receive certification of the minor. Upon filing for admission, an agronomy advisor will be assigned to assist students in selecting course work.

    To earn an undergraduate minor in agronomy, students are required to complete 16 or 17 credit hours consisting of the following courses:

    AGRON 305Soils4
    AGRON 220Crop Science4
    AGRON 501Range Management3
    An additional 9 hours of agronomy courses numbered 300 or greater selected by the student in consultation with an agronomy advisor.

    Agronomy courses
    AGRON 220. Crop Science. (4) I, II. Principles underlying practices used in the culture of corn, grain sorghum, wheat, and soybeans. A basic course for majors in agronomy and others interested in crop production. Three hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Not open to students with credit in HORT 201.

    AGRON 305. Soils. (4) I, II. Fundamental chemical, physical, and biological properties of soils; their formation, fertility, and management. Three hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 210.

    AGRON 320. Seed Technology. (3) II. An introductory course to prepare students for the anticipated expansion of the seed industry resulting from the impact of biotechnology and identity preservation. Basic concepts of seed quality, purity, vigor testing, and quality assurance will be emphasized. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week.

    AGRON 330. Weed Science. (3) I, II. For those interested in crop production, crop protection, and agricultural education. Considers the origin of weeds, their relations to crops, and control systems emphasizing cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical practices. Includes weed identification. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: AGRON 220.

    University General Education courseAGRON 335. Environmental Quality. (3) I. An examination and survey of topics in environmental quality. Includes classification of soil, air, and water pollutants and their interaction with the environment, including the human food chain. Discussion of remediation techniques, risk assessment, and environmental legislation. Three lectures a week. Pr.: CHM 110 or 210.

    AGRON 340. Grain Grading. (2) I, II. Procedures for grading grains, emphasizing soybeans, corn, wheat, and sorghum. Identification and evaluation of kernel damage and other conditions determining grades of these grains. Four hours lab a week.

    AGRON 350. Plant and Seed Identification. (2) II. Identification of crops and weeds by seed and vegetative characteristics. Analysis of seed samples for impurities. Four hours lab a week.

    AGRON 360. Crop Growth and Development. (3) I. Comparative growth and development of warm- and cool-season monocot and dicot crops. Environmental influences on growth and development processes and management techniques to minimize stresses. Three lec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 220 and 305.

    AGRON 375. Soil Fertility. (3) I. Detailed information on the plant nutrition, soil fertility, and fertilizer management of the essential macro- and micronutrients. The influence of numerous soil biological, physical, and chemical properties on plant nutrient availability to crops will be emphasized. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 220 and 305.

    AGRON 385. Soil Fertility Laboratory. (2) I. Detailed information on (1) the chemical methods utilized in routine soil testing and plant analysis, (2) field soil sampling techniques, (3) fertilizer recommendations, and (4) fertilizer response functions. Soil chemistry and computer laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the theoretical principles presented in lectures. One hour lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: AGRON 375 or conc. enrollment.

    AGRON 400. Undergraduate Topics in Agronomy. (1-3) I, II, S. Special topics in agronomy not completely treated in other courses. Pr.: Consent of instructor.

    AGRON 405. Internship in Agronomy. (1-3) I. Intern programs in various areas of agronomy. One hour credit for each four weeks of supervised and evaluated work experience with cooperating employers. A maximum of 3 hours may be applied to a B.S. in agronomy. May be repeated once for elective credit if second internship is different from the first. Pr.: AGRON 220 and 305.

    AGRON 415. Soils Judging. (1) I. Techniques employed in writing descriptions of soil morphology and in classifying soils for intercollegiate soils judging. Six hours lab a week for the first half of the semester. Pr.: AGRON 305. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours.

    AGRON 420. Field Course in Weed Science. (1) II. A laboratory and field course pertaining to weed identification, sprayer calibration, herbicide action, and herbicide performance. Pr.: AGRON 330 or equiv.

    AGRON 450. Crops Team. (2) I. Grain grading, seed and plant identification, and seed analysis. Studies lead to participation in intercollegiate crops contest. Four hours lab per week.

    AGRON 455. Computer Applications in Agronomy. (3) I, II. Application of computer technology to plant and soil science. Emphasis on use of current software in managing data and knowledge useful to crop production. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 220 and 305.

    AGRON 501. Range Management. (3) I. Fundamental ecological principles of production, conservation, and use of grasslands. Application of these fundamental principles to range management. Three hours rec. a week.

    AGRON 515. Soil Genesis and Classification. (3) II. Study of the factors and processes of soil formation, classification of soils according to soil taxonomy, and use of soil survey information. Required field trips. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: GEOL 100 and AGRON 305 or consent of instructor.

    AGRON 520. Grain Production. (3) I, II. An upper-level course for those interested in grain production in the Central Plains. Pest control, limiting factors, and planting factors will be considered in view of climactic conditions and crop plant growth habit. From this, a crop production strategy will be developed for each crop. Pr.: AGRON 220 and 375.

    AGRON 550. Forage Management and Utilization. (3) II. Production and utilization of forage crops. Development of forage programs for livestock production, including pasture and stored forages. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 220 and junior standing.

    AGRON 551. Forage Management and Utilization Laboratory. (1) II. Identification of forage species, techniques for estimating forage quality, forage physiology, and field trips. One two-hour lab a week. Pr.: Completion of or conc. enrollment in AGRON 550.

    AGRON 560. Field Identification of Range and Pasture Plants. (1) I, in odd years. Identification of range pasture plants through exposure to them in their natural environment. Pr.: AGRON 220 or BIOL 210 or consent of instructor.

    AGRON 599. Agronomy—The Profession. (1) II. An overview of opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges for the professional agronomist. Discussion of current topics and important issues in crops and soils, range management, and soil and water resources.

    Undergraduate and graduate credit
    AGRON 600. Crop Problems. (Var.) I, II, S. Studies may be chosen in: genetics, crop improvement, forages, ecology, weed control, plant physiology, or crop production.

    AGRON 605. Soil and Environmental Chemistry. (3) II. A study of inorganic and organic chemistry of soils with a detailed examination of the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases. Includes discussions of mineral solubility, electrochemical and adsorption phenomena, acidity, salinity, and fertility. Emphasis is placed on the biogeochemical cycling of plant nutrients and important soil contaminants. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 375 or AGRON 305 and CHM 230.

    AGRON 610. Biotechnology. (3) II, in odd years. The use of biotechnology and molecular genetic approaches in plant and animal sciences. Emphasis is on the use of molecular techniques for plant and animal improvement. Three hours lectures per week. Pr.: ASI 500. Cross-referenced as PLPTH 610.

    AGRON 615. Soil Problems. (Var.) I, II, S. Studies may be chosen in: chemistry, physics, conservation, fertility, genesis, morphology, or classification.

    AGRON 630. Crop Improvement and Biotechnology. (3) II. Techniques in basic plant breeding and biotechnology used to genetically improve crops and procedures to increase, distribute, and maintain breeding stocks and varieties. Two hours lec. and one two-hour lab a week. Pr.: AGRON 220 and ASI 500.

    AGRON 635. Soil Conservation and Management. (3) I. Principles, mechanics, and prediction of water and wind erosion. Influence of soil erosion on soil productivity and environmental quality. Conservation management technologies for erosion control and sustaining soil productivity. Legislation and land-use planning for soil conservation. Course requires microcomputer skills. Two hours rec. and 1 three-hour lab a week. Pr.: AGRON 305.

    AGRON 645. Soil Microbiology. (3) I. The nature and function of soil microorganisms in the soil ecosystem. The role of soil microbial activity to soil organic matter, mineral transformations, plant nutrition, and environmental quality. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 305 or BIOL 455.

    AGRON 646. Soil Microbiology Laboratory. (1) I. Discuss and perform laboratory procedures for enumerat- ing soil microorganisms, quantifying soil biological activities, and nutrient cycling. Three hours lab a week. Pr.: AGRON 645 or conc. enrollment.

    AGRON 650. Integrated Weed Management. (3) II. The development of weed management systems based on diagnosis of weed and crop problems, understanding crop-weed associations and interactions with the environment, and integrating weed control tactics such as chemical, biological, cultural, and mechanical practices into recommendations. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 330.

    AGRON 655. Site Specific Agriculture. (3) II. Introduction to spatial analysis and management of agricultural and environmental resources using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Emphasis on collecting, displaying, and analyzing spatial or georeferenced soil, crop, or other land surface data. Two hours lecture, two hours lab, and one hour by appointment per week. Pr.: AGRON 220 and 305 and GEOG 508.

    AGRON 660. Range Research Techniques. (3) I, in even years. Discussion of quantitative and qualitative procedures used to study vegetation. Includes application, advantages, and disadvantages of these methods. Use of statistical techniques for sampling, analysis, and presentation of data. Two hours rec. and one three-hour lab a week. Pr.: AGRON 501 and STAT 320.

    AGRON 670. Range Management Problems. (Var.) I, II, S.

    AGRON 681. Range Ecology. (3) II, in even years. Application of ecological principles to range ecosystem management. Study of plant-soil-animal interactions with rangelands, and discussion of plant succession, environmental influences, and ecological concepts. Two hours rec. a week and one lab credit consisting of field trips to representative range areas. Pr.: AGRON 501 and BIOL 529.

    AGRON 746. Physical Properties of Soils. (3) II. The properties of soils as affected by their physical environment, including water content, water potential, temperature, aeration, flocculation-dispersion, and soil compaction. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 305.

    AGRON 762. Range Grasses. (2) I, in even years. Field and laboratory study of range and pasture plants, with special emphasis on grasses and their distinguishing characteristics. One hour rec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: BIOL 198 or 210.

    AGRON 770. Plant Genetics. (3) I. Concepts and application of basic genetic principles in higher plants. Probability, linkage, chromosome aberrations, aneuploidy analysis, gene transfer in wide crosses, tissue culture and crop improvement, and genetics of disease resistance. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ASI 500.

    AGRON 790. Range Management Planning. (3) II, in odd years. Inventory and analysis of rangeland resources and development of detailed management plan. Emphasizes range management principles and practices useful in maximizing production from rangelands. Two hours rec. a week and one lab credit including field trips to ranch operations. Pr.: AGRON 501.

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    dUniversity General Education dAgricultural Technology Management dFood Science and Industry
    dProgram Choices dAgronomy dGrain Science and Industry
    dGeneral Agriculture dAnimal Sciences and Industry dHorticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources
    dAgricultural Economics dCommunications dPlant Pathology
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