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Agronomy (B.S.)

Feed the world.

The Agronomy major provides broad training in the crop and soil sciences. Agronomy involves the science of producing and using plants in agriculture for food, feed, fuel, fiber, and land restoration. We offer a high-quality education and training experience for undergraduates to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in pursuing well-paid and highly respected careers.

This program provides students with an integrated understanding of crop development and management, entomology, natural resource management, plant breeding, plant pathology, weed science, seed technologies, soils, and crop production systems with precision agriculture integrated into many areas. The major also prepares students for entry into research and graduate study in plant science and other related fields.

The Agronomy major prepares students for many careers, such as; crop consulting, precision agriculture, sales and marketing, seed production, grain production, ecosystem management, product research and development, seed testing, and soil and natural resource conservation. There are tremendous opportunities for Agronomy majors!

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in agricultural, food or natural resource industries
  • Like working with computers and other precision technology
  • Want to help others by practicing sustainable farming
  • Want to discover new ways to produce safe, nutritious foods
  • Are involved in 4-H, FFA, or other agriculture-related activities

Career Opportunities

  • Crop consulting
  • Crop/plant research
  • Agronomy, seed and chemical sales and service
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service

Recent Employers

  • CHS Cooperative
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Monsanto Life Sciences
  • Bayer Crop Sciences
  • Syngenta
  • Winfield Solutions

Internship Opportunities

  • Regional agricultural retail suppliers
  • CHS Cooperative
  • Syngenta
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Monsanto Life Sciences

Suggested Dual Majors

Suggested Minors

  • Agricultural Business
  • Pest Management
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Soil Science

Clubs and Organizations

  • Crops Judging Team
  • Soil Judging Team
  • Agronomy and Conservation Club
  • Little International
  • Student Society of Arboriculture

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.