The agronomy major provides specialization in managing field crop systems and includes learning experiences in crop and soil management, plant genetics and physiology. You will gain skills and knowledge needed to optimize and diversify crop systems to preserve soil and water resources while growing food, fiber and fuel for the world. Our faculty are dedicated to helping students reach their professional goals.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    120 credit hours
  • Minors Available


  • Areas of Focus

    Agronomic Crop Production, Ecological Landscape Design, Entrepreneurship, Flowers, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, Plant Protection, Plant Science Research, Soil Science, Specialty Crop Production, Sustainable Landscape Management, Turfgrass Science and Management, Urban Food Systems, Water for Food

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Program Features

Career Opportunities 

Our alumni are extension educators, specialists, agronomists, crop consultants, co-op managers, farmers, sellers of seed, fertilizer or chemicals, technical representatives, field or lab researchers, plant breeders, soil conservationists and professors. Our graduates earn competitive salaries doing what they love! 

Real-World Experiences 

Students are required to complete two internships prior to graduation. You are encouraged to complete these internships with different businesses to experience multiple facets of the agricultural industry and boost your professional network. 


The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers scholarships to students enrolled in agronomy. Each year, approximately 40 students receive departmental scholarships that total more than $50,000. 

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Notable Courses

Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory (PLAS 132)

Growth, development, morphology and staging of annual and perennial monocot and dicot plants produced for grain, forage and grazing.

Resource-Efficient Crop Management (PLAS 204)

The integration of crop and soil science, plant breeding, climatology and integrated pest management disciplines to develop and evaluate crop management strategies.

Principles of Soil Management (PLAS 269)

Current state-of-knowledge of soil and water management. Topics include soil management practices such as conservation tillage, cropping systems, water management and irrigation and soil health.

Soil Nutrient Relationships (PLAS 366)

Explore nutrient behaviors in soil and factors affecting nutrient management. Develop fertilizer plans for complex plant production systems.

Crop Management Strategies (PLAS 405)

Application, expansion and integration of principles from agricultural, economic and social sciences into systems-level development and management of cropping systems.

Site Specific Crop Management (PLAS 431)

Principles and concepts as well as hardware and software of site-specific management. Evaluation of geographic information systems for crop production practices.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Agronomy sales, Hefty, West Point, Nebraska
  • Agronomy/international marketing, CSS Farms, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Agronomist, Norder Supply, Maywood, Nebraska
  • Field production, Syngenta, Polk, Nebraska
  • Agronomy operations, Farmers Cooperative, Filley, Nebraska
  • Crop scout, Servitech, York, Nebraska


  • Field sales representative, Channel Seed, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Farming solutions & digital research and development, Corteva, Johnston, Iowa
  • Farmer and hybrid seed producer, York, Nebraska
  • Soil conversationist, NRCS, Spalding, Nebraska
  • Sales agronomist, Ag Valley Coop, Indianola, Nebraska
  • Seed dealer and farmer, Mycogen, Howells, Nebraska

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • Ph.D. Plant Breeding, Iowa State University
  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.S. Agronomy-Weed Science, University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. Weed Science, Kansas State University

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