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Program(s) Available: B.S., Minor

When Midwesterners hear the word "ag," it's easy to think of Northwest. Our agronomy students gain a holistic understanding of crop and soil management and access to top-notch facilities. If you love learning about soil and plant health, then the agronomy major could be for you! 

Why Study Agronomy at Northwest

Agronomy students get hands-on experience from day one. Faculty cover topics like producing healthy crops, understanding soil as a natural resource, determining solutions to crop and soil management systems, and more.

In addition, agronomy students gain access to world-class learning facilities, including the Agricultural Learning Center, the R.T. Wright Farm and the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation. We encourage you to check them out! 

Want to go more specific? This major offers three different areas of focus:

  • Crop science
  • Horticulture
  • Soil science 

Pick your path

Crop Science

This emphasis focuses on plant breeding, crop scouting, weed science and crop environment. 

 CROP SCIENCE 4-year-plan 


This emphasis is a little different. Students get exposed to diverse greenhouse and nursery production, fruit and vegetable culture, landscape and turf construction. 

 HORTICULTURE 4-year plan 

The School of Agricultural Sciences also offers a minor in horticulture.

Soil Science

This emphasis hones in on soil classification, conservation and microbiology.

 SOIL SCIENCE 4-year plan 

Minor Programs

Did you know you also can minor in agronomy, horticulture or soil science? These 24-credit-hour programs teach students the fundamentals of producing healthy crops and utilizing crop and soil management systems.

Career Ready
Agronomy and agricultural business

“Nothing in your life or job is going to be given to you. Athletics and academics at Northwest have taught me to be resilient through adversity.” — Ben Althoff

Career Opportunities

  • Crop consultant
  • Environmental conservationist
  • Plant breeder
  • Precision agriculture
  • Soil conservationist

What Can I Do With a Major in Agronomy?

Agricultural Learning Center

New in 2021, the 29,000-square-foot Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) houses classrooms, laboratories, an exposition center and office spaces.

Agricultural Learning Center

R.T. Wright Farm

The R.T. Wright University Farm is a 448-acre facility that provides profession-based learning experiences with livestock and crops.

R.T. Wright Farm

Soil Lab

Students analyze soil near the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation. 

Soil Lab
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