We strive to provide our students a flexible curriculum with a solid foundation in science that gives them a well-rounded understanding of agronomy concepts. In addition, we are focused on offering hands-on experience as well as building leaders and providing job experience. A combination that makes them very appealing job candidates.
Every sophomore in our Department takes a field-intensive class. Students arrive two weeks before classes start and spend those days in the field applying the core agronomic concepts they learned the year before. From crop scouting to soil testing, the immersive approach to hands-on learning is the perfect compliment toward making our students problem solvers and solution seekers.
Employers want leaders and we want to provide them. Our Leadership requirement gives student a chance to practice group-dynamic skills by taking on a leadership position in their extracurricular activities or work experience. A list of classes can also be taken to accomplish this requirement.
The goal for our students:
- Articulate the mission and vision
- Share information with their team
- Set expectations
- Foster an environment of collaboration, openness and facilitate relationships with team members
- Delegate tasks based on individual strengths
- Be responsible and accountable
- Students can fulfill the requirement either by participating in a leadership role or by taking a course that has the subject of leadership as one of the primary course objectives.
Real life experience. Students find a job for six months or the equivalent where they can apply agronomic principles they have learned in the classroom.
- Seed companies
- Chemical companies
- Crop consulting firms
- Government agencies
- Research projects