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.
“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.”
Students with a degree in Agronomy are prepared for careers as 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, and range manager.
Business and Industry
An emphasis on economics and business prepares students for sales, service, and management positions in plant, soil, and water resources management.
Consulting and Production
This option introduces students to a broad range of crop growth and pest protection strategies, as well as principles and practices of using soil, plant, and water resources. This option prepares students to work with growers and producers to provide information on fertility, seed, weed, and pest management, or to work with farming operations at the production or management level.
Plant Science and Biotechnology
Enhanced by public and private research and development, the plant science and biotechnology option focuses on cutting-edge technology and the role it plays in improving crop performance and production. Courses emphasize the vital role these technologies play in feeding the world.
In agronomy, precision agriculture focuses on the integration of crop, soil, and weather data. It uses the latest technology for developing site specific management systems to increase yield, profit, and reduce environmental impact. This option prepares students to become specialists in the collection, interpretation, and application of agronomic data for optimizing crop production.
This specialty applies ecological concepts, principles, and methods to the use of natural grasslands for food production, with emphasis on protecting these valuable natural ecosystems. Covers grasslands managed for many uses, including grazing, watershed, recreation, and wildlife.
Soil and Environmental Science
Soil science focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, their many uses, and fertility and moisture management for optimum crop growth. This discipline covers aspects of soil use such as road and waterway construction, building site preparation, and waste disposal. Environmental science is devoted to understanding natural cycles and processes involving soil, plants, water, and air. This knowledge is key to sustaining environmental quality in the face of increasing demands on these resources.