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Our distance education graduate degree in Agronomy and Soils is a 30 credit hour program that closely follows our campus program. Our graduate degrees are based on a customized curriculum that you develop with your major professor. Based on your professional goals, you will choose among courses in soil science, crop science, weed science, entomology, and plant pathology. 

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MASTER OF SCIENCE

GRE Required


MASTER OF AG

GRE Not Required


RESEARCH AND THESIS
(THESIS STUDENTS)
4 credit hours None
ADVANCED SPECIAL PROBLEMS (NON-THESIS STUDENTS)
None 1-3 credit hours
DATA ANALYSIS (Recommended)
3 credit hours 3 credit hours
SEMINAR
2 credit hours 1 credit hour
ELECTIVES
21 credit hours 23-25 credit hours
TOTAL

30 credit hours

30 credit hours

Undergraduate course prerequisites are listed below but are at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee.  Most missing undergraduate courses can be taken after being admitted into the program.  Master of Science students are expected to have completed all foundational courses by the third semester of enrollment.

  MASTER OF AGRICULTURE

  MINIMUM:

  SOIL SCIENCE OPTION
CROP/WEED SCIENCE OPTION 
  Chemistry – 2 semesters Chemistry – 2 semesters
  Biology – 2 semesters Biology – 2 semesters
  if taking Soil Physics: Physics – 1 semester  
 
RECOMMENDED:
  Plant Physiology – 1 semester 
  MASTER OF SCIENCE

  MINIMUM:

  SOIL SCIENCE OPTION
CROP/WEED SCIENCE OPTION 
  Chemistry – 2 semesters Chemistry – 2 semesters
  Biology – 2 semesters Biology – 2 semesters
  if taking Soil Physics: Physics – 1 semester  
 
RECOMMENDED:
  RECOMMENDED:
Calculus I – 1 Semester  
  Calculus I – 1 semester Organic Chemistry – 1 semester 
  Organic Chemistry – 1 semester Plant Physiology – 1 Semester 
  Botany – 1 semester 
  Genetics – 1 semester

Course Prerequisite Quick Reference Guide

Courses

Plant & weed science courses

CSES 6016 Analyses of Plant, Soil, and Animal Data CSES 6406 Bioenergy and the Environment 
CSES 6036 Advanced Crop Science CSES 6506 Forage Production and Utilization 
CSES 6106 Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement CSES 7146 Chemistry and Use of Herbicides 
CSES 6166 Advanced Turfgrass Management PLPA 6206 Introductory Mycology 
PLPA 6506 Plant Nematology  

soil science courses

CSES 6026 Nutrient Management CSES 6066 Soil Microbiology Lecture 
CSES 6061 Soil Microbiology Lab CSES 6086 Soil Resources & Conservation 
CSES 6306 Soil Chemistry  

Other Courses

CSES 6016 Analysis of Plant, Soil, and Animal Data ENTM 6366 Landscape Entomology
PLPA 6206 Introductory Mycology FDSC 6156 Food Laws and Regulations
FDSC 6206 Developing, Implementing, and Auditing Food Safety
                        Programs
 

CSES = Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

ENTM = Entomology

FDSC = Food Science

PLPA = Plant Pathology