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Option Agronomy Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Crop and Soil Science - College of Agricultural Sciences

Students in the Agronomy option will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be active participants in producing food, feed, fiber, and energy crops for our world. Increased production of field crops—wheat, corn, rice, sorghum, soybeans, forages, cotton, etc.—will be essential to meet the basic needs of the world’s ever-growing population and such production will need to be accomplished in a world of diminishing soil, water, mineral, and petrochemical resources. As an agronomic professional, you will have the knowledge and skill to access the potentials of a given production system and to choose plant materials and plant production practices that will optimize production while minimizing environmental impact. Maximum sustainable production will be your goal and you will need in-depth knowledge of plants, plant genetics, plant pests, soils, soil fertility, production equipment, economics, and politics to achieve this goal. Agronomists work for field crop production companies, as managers of small to large farms and ranches, and as managers of their own farming operations. Agronomists also work for federal, state, or local government agencies as educators, researchers, or field technicians. Others hold teaching, research, or extension positions in universities. Some work for private research laboratories, environmental service companies, insurance companies, or land appraisal firms.

Major Core

General Science Core

BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
   or  BI 204, BI 205, BI 206. *Introductory Biology I, II, III (4,4,4)
CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
   and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)

Choose one of the following math classes (4):
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
MTH 245. *Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
MTH 251 *Differential Calculus (4)


CROP/ENT/HORT/SOIL 101. Introduction to Horticulture, Crop, Soil, and Insect Science (1)

Agricultural Science

BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 350. Introductory Plant Pathology (4)
CROP 440. Weed Management (4)
ENT 311. Introduction to Insect Pest Management (4)
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3) and SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for Soil 205 (1)

Experiential Learning

Take 3 or more credits of the following:
CROP 401. Research (3)
CROP 403. Thesis  (3)
CROP 410. Internship (3) and CROP 407. Seminar  (1)


Select 1 of the following courses:
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
RNG 341. Rangeland Ecology and Management (3)


CROP 414. Precision Agriculture (4)

Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

CROP/SOIL 325. ^Ag and Environmental Predicaments: A Case Study Approach (3) [Terminated spring 2018]


CROP/HORT 480. Case Studies in Cropping Systems Management (4)

Option Requirements

Agronomy Core

CROP 200. Crop Ecology and Morphology (3)
CROP 280. Introduction to the Complexity of Oregon Cropping Systems (4)
CROP 319. Principles of Field Crop Production (3)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3)
PBG 431. Plant Genetics Recitation (1)
SOIL 316. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
  or ST 411. Methods of Data Analysis (4)

Agronomy Electives

Choose at least 7–8 credits from the following courses:
BEE 439. Irrigation Principles and Practices (4)
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
CROP 310. Forage Production (4)
CROP 420. Seed Science and Technology (3) Ecampus only
CROP 460. Seed Production (3)
HORT 316. Plant Nutrition (4)

General Electives

Choose at least 7–8 credits from the following courses:
BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 414. Agrostology (4)
BOT 442. Plant Population Ecology (3)
BOT 480. Photosynthesis and Photobiology (3)
BOT 488. Environmental Physiology of Plants (3)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 337. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4)
CROP 199. Special Studies: Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (1) Repeatable
CROP/HORT 300. Crop Production in Pacific Northwest Agroecosystems (4)
CROP 418. Toxic Plants in PNW Pastures (1) Ecampus only.
CSS 320. Principles of Oil and Fiber Crop Production (1) EOU only.
CSS 321. Principles of Cereal Crop Production (1) EOU only.
CSS 322. Principles of Potato Production (1) EOU only.
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3) Cascades & Ecampus only.
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
HORT/CROP 433. Systematics and Adaptation of Vegetable Crops (4)
HORT/CROP 463. Seed Biology (3)
MB 230. *Introductory Microbiology (4)
PBG 441. Plant Tissue Culture (4)
PBG 450. Plant Breeding (4)
PH 201. *General Physics (5)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3) Ecampus only.
SOIL 435. Environmental Soil Physics (3)
SOIL 445. Environmental Soil Chemistry (3)
SOIL 455. Biology of Soil Ecosystems (4)
SOIL 466. Soil Morphology and Classification (4)
SOIL 475. Soil Resource Potentials (4)
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Business and Economics

AEC 211. Management in Agriculture (4)
AEC 221. Marketing in Agriculture (3)
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
   or ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)

Electives in Business

Choose a minimum of 4 credits from the following courses:
AEC 311. Intermediate Applied Economics I: Producers and Consumers (4)
AEC 372. Agricultural Cooperatives (3)
AEC 388. Agricultural Law (4)
AEC 442. Agricultural Business Management (4)
AEC 444. Commodity Futures and Options Markets (4)
AEC 460. Capital Investment Analysis Using Agbiz Logic (3)
BA 463. Family Business Management (4)

Experiential Learning Track (optional):

10 or more credits of a structured internship (CROP 410) can be substituted for 6 of the 7–8 General Electives credits and four credits of Electives in Business. This would allow a student to use an entire term for internship work.

Research Track (optional):

Suggested classes, select courses most relevant to your intended graduate school program:
BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology series (4,4,4)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
BOT 414. Agrostology (4)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 337. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4)
MB 230. *Introductory Microbiology (4)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
PH 201. *General Physics (5)
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Grade Requirements

Students pursuing the Agronomy option under the Crop and Soil Science major are required to receive a grade of C or better in all CROP, CSS, ENT, HORT, PBG, and SOIL courses required within their major and option.


* Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Option Code: 784

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