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School of Agriculture
Minors in Agriculture
Agricultural Technology Management
The Agricultural Technology Management minor focuses on technologies applied to developing, integrating, implementing, and problem-solving agricultural situations. Students are exposed to the contemporary and traditional agricultural machinery, tools, and computer programs needed to solve today's agricultural problems.
Agronomy is a branch of agriculture dealing with field-crop production and soil management. It is the development and practical application of plant and soil sciences to produce abundant, high-quality food, feed, and fiber crops. As a discipline, agronomy represents the integration of crop, soil, and related sciences. Students majoring in Agronomy may choose a concentration in agronomic business, agronomic sciences, crop production, soil science, or turfgrass management.
Graduates of the agronomic business concentration have an agronomic focus in support of the agri-business sector through study of the marketing, management, and other economic segments of agri-industry. They have the flexibility to work effectively in agricultural enterprises having either a production or business marketing focus.
Animal Science is a diverse and complex field, covering not only the traditional production and management areas of livestock, horses, and companion animals, but also the basic sciences such as reproduction, physiology, genetics, and nutrition. Animal science is a broad field centered on the biology, production, management, and care of animals. Animal scientists are involved in all phases of domestic animal production, research, sales, service, business, and education.
Horticulture is an exciting segment of agriculture that is growing ever more popular in today's global economy. Horticultural Science uses all the tools of modern science to investigate the complex growth and developmental responses of horticultural crops and to develop solutions for problems confronting the horticulture industry. Illinois’ varied climate is conducive to the production and use of a wide variety of horticultural crops and services, including landscape design.
The objectives of this minor are to acquaint students with: (1) the characteristics, issues and problems concerning small, traditional agriculture in developing countries, and (2) the concepts of agricultural changevide frameworks within which to analyze, understand, criticize and think about the issues and problems. A major goal is to challenge students to develop independent thinking about agricultural change and development in order to critically analyze and judge research, writing and policies. The minor examines the reasons for the problems and policies relating to agriculture and food in developing countries.
Natural Resources Conservation
Would you like to help solve environmental problems? ... manage natural resources? The Natural Resources minor enables a student to experience hands-on experience with actual management of natural resources. The degree provides a comprehensive science-based program covering the principles and knowledge needed to measure and monitor the status of natural resources and the environment.
Plant breeding is the art and science of changing the genetics of plants for the benefit of humankind. Plant breeding can be accomplished through many different techniques, ranging from simply selecting plants with desirable characteristics for propagation to more complex molecular techniques and genetic engineering. Read more about plant breeding.
This option addresses an emerging need for the management of trees in our towns and cities, and the urban/wildland interface. Urban and community foresters manage trees along city streets, in municipal parks, private woodlots, and utility right-of-ways. Employers include federal, state, and municipal governments, private consultants, and industry.