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Students enrolled in other Ph.D. programs may pursue a doctoral minor in agronomy. Students with interest in gaining training in crop production and management, weed science, agroecosystems, molecular biology, plant physiology and biochemistry or plant breeding to supplement their primary disciplinary program may consider an Option A minor in agronomy. 

Graduate students who wish to pursue a doctoral minor in agronomy must have an agronomy faculty member serve as the minor professor on their research committees (oral preliminary exam committee and final exam committee).

Courses are chosen in conjunction with the minor professor and the committee to provide relevant breadth in the student's training. A student may earn a doctoral minor in agronomy with 9 credits in exclusively graduate-level agronomy courses (courses numbered 700 and above, or between 300 and 699 marked with the graduate attribute in the Course Guide). 

Alternatively, up to 3 graduate-level credits of plant, ecology, or environment-related coursework from other departments could be included in the 9-credit total.

At least 1 credit (and up to 2 credits) must be AGRONOMY 920 Seminar. The proposed course plan to satisfy Option A minor must be approved by the Department of Agronomy Graduate Studies Committee. 

Administration

William F. Tracy, Chair
Shawn Conley and Natalia De Leon, Associate Chairs
Sandra Bennett, Department Administrator
 

Program Faculty and Their Areas of Study

Ken Albrecht, Professor - Forages and Grazing Systems
Jean-Michel Ané, Professor - Plant-Microbe Symbioses
Michael Casler, Professor Genetics and Breeding
Shawn Conley, Professor - Soybean & Small Grain Production
Natalia De Leon, Professor  - Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics
Stan Duke, Professor - Barley Malt Quality
Lucía Gutiérrez, Assistant Professor - Cereal Crops Breeding
Cynthia Henson, Professor - Plant Physiology
Randy Jackson, Professor - Grassland Ecosystems, Agroecology
Molly Jahn, Professor - Risk in Food Systems
Heidi Kaeppler, Associate Professor - Cereal Crops Genetics
Shawn Kaeppler, Professor - Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics
Chris Kucharik, Professor - Ecosystems, Land Management, Biogeochemical Cycling
Joe Lauer, Professor - Crop Management (Corn)
Mali Mahalingam, Assistant Professor - Plant Genomics, Stress Physiology
Valentín Picasso, Assistant Professor - Forages and Grazing Systems, Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture
Mark Renz, Associate Professor - Weed Science
David Stoltenberg, Professor - Cropping Systems, Weed Science, Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture
Bill Tracy, Professor and Chair - Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics (Sweet Corn)
Dan Undersander, Professor Forages and Grazing Systems
 
For full descriptions of each faculty’s research interests, see their individual pages on the Agronomy website.