“K-State Agronomy provides an amazing opportunity for networking and career development. Our outstanding undergraduate club and judging teams provide numerous opportunities to gain leadership and hands-on experiences. The students and faculty in this department are just like a family. You will be able to get to know everyone, and everyone will be able to get to know you.”
Agronomy is the study of plants and soils and their interaction with the environment. Agronomists focus on sustaining the world’s food production, protecting the quality of the environment, and conserving vital soil and water resources. Their challenge is to understand, manage and protect earth’s vital resources while addressing humanity’s basic needs on the quality of life. Agronomy is basic to food production and offers exciting careers to those interested in food, feed and fiber production.
Environmental consultant, crop consultant, soil and range conservationist, plant breeder, crop biotechnologist, seed sales representative, research scientist, financial institution loan officer, production agronomist, farm service agent, crop insurance adjuster, range manager.
Courses of Study
The agronomy major has five options:
Business and Industry
With an emphasis on economics and business courses, students are prepared for sales, service and management positions within the areas of plant, soil, and water resources management.
Consulting and Production
Consulting and production integrates a broad spectrum of crop growth and pest protection strategies with principles and practices of using soil, plant, and water resources. This option prepares students for involvement with growers and producers by providing regulatory information on fertility, seed, weed and pest management or being involved with farm operations at the production or management levels.
Plant Science and Biotechnology
Enhanced by ongoing public and private research and development, the plant science and biotechnology option focuses on the role of cutting edge technology on advances in crop improvements and production and their vital roles in feeding the world.
Soil and Environmental Science
Soil science focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, their many uses, fertility and moisture, and managing them to ensure optimum crop growth. Soil science also includes additional aspects of soil uses, such as road and waterway construction, building site preparation, and waste disposal. Environmental science focuses on understanding natural cycles and processes involving soil, plants, water and air resources. This knowledge is applied toward sustaining a quality environment in the face of the increasing demands society places on these resources.
Range management is the application of concepts, methods, and ecological principles in using natural grassland resources for food production while protecting these valuable natural ecosystems. Grasslands are managed for many uses, including grazing, watershed, recreation and wildlife.
“Students of agronomy are the future innovative leaders that will feed the world’s growing population through the unlimited number of opportunities K-State Agronomy offers. The caring and approachable staff not only helps you succeed in your schoolwork, but also in preparing you for your future career.”