School of Agriculture

Minors available in the School of Agriculture

Agriculture: 18 s.h.

  • Select 9 s.h. from the following: AGED 131; AGRI 120; AGRN 176, 278; ANSC 112; AGTM 250; FOR 200; HORT 180: 9 s.h.
  • Select additional hours from the School of Agriculture**: 9 s.h.

**6 s.h. must be upper division at WIU.

Agricultural Economics: 16 s.h.

Electives chosed from:

  • Courses in Agricultural Economics (AGEC prefix)*
  • AGRI 220
  • AGRI 390

*At least 6 s.h. of upper-division coursework in Agricultural Economics (AGEC) and/or AGRI 390 must be completed at WIU.

Agricultural Technology Management: 16 s.h.

  • Electives in Agricultural Technology Management.*

*At least 6 s.h. of upper-division coursework in Agricultural Technology Management (AGTM) required at WIU.

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: 16 s.h.

  • Electives in Agronomy and Conservation.*

*At least 6 s.h. of upper-division coursework in Agronomy (AGRN) required at WIU.

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: 18–20 s.h.

  • ANSC 112: 3 s.h.
  • Electives in Animal Science: 9 s.h.
  • Select one of the following courses: ANSC 322, 314, 424: 3–4 s.h.
  • Select one of the following courses: AGRI 376; CHEM 100, 101, 201: 3–4 s.h.

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: 18 s.h.

  • Required Courses: 7 s.h.
    • BOT 329—Plant Structure and Function (3)
    • HORT 180—Introductory Horticulture (3)
    • HORT 493—Practicum in Horticultural Science (1)
  • Choice of one of the following courses: 3 or 4 s.h.
    • FOR 208—Dendrology (4)
    • HORT 380—Landscape Plants I (3)
    • HORT 381—Landscape Plants II (3)
  • Electives to be selected from any of the following four emphases: 7 or 8 s.h.
    • Production
      • AGRN 373—Integrated Pest Management (4)
      • FOR 406—Arboriculture (4)
      • HORT 384—Landscape Management (3)
      • HORT 385—Landscape Design (3)
      • HORT 393—Greenhouse and Nursery Management (3)
      • HORT 485—Turf Management (3)
    • Design and Construction
      • RPTA 483—Landscape Construction (3)
      • RPTA 487—Site Planning in Recreation and Parks (3)
    • Plant Science
      • AGRN 278—Fundamentals of Soil Science (3)
      • HORT 389—Home Horticulture (3)
    • Operations
      • FOR 407—Urban Forest Management (3)
      • RPTA 489—Park Maintenance and Operations Management (3)

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.

International Agriculture: 18–19 s.h.

  • AGRI 220, INAG 310, and INAG 361 or INAG 362 or BAT 300: 9 s.h.
  • At least 6 s.h. of upper-division coursework from the following fields: AGEC, AGTM, AGRN, ANSC, CONS, FOR, or HORT: 6 s.h.
  • Other: 3–4 s.h. - Select one additional course from: Foreign Language; GEOG 100, 110; HIST 144; MKTG 317; POLS 228, 267

Note: This minor is designed for those interested in international agribusiness and international agricultural development.

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: 16 s.h.

  • AGRN 278: 3 s.h.
  • One of the following: CONS 405 or GEOG 426: 3–4 s.h.
  • Remaining electives to be selected by the student and minor advisor: 9–10 s.h. - Select three of the following courses: AGTM 461; BOT 452; CONS 305; FOR 200, 208, 406, 407; GEOL 110; HORT 485; MICR 200; RPTA 376, 487, 488, 489, ZOOL 451

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: 18–22 s.h.

  • AGRN 176 or HORT 180 or BOT 200: 3–4 s.h.
  • AGRI 376 or BIOL 340: 3–4 s.h.
  • AGRN 472 and 476: 6 s.h.
  • Select two courses from the following: AGRN 373, 374, 378, 470; BIOL 330; BOT 320, 329, 430, 481; CHEM 421; HORT 480; STAT 171: 6–8 s.h.

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.

Urban Forestry: 18 s.h.

  • Required Courses: 11 s.h. - FOR 208, 406, 407
  • Electives: 7 s.h. - Select 7 s.h. from any of the following courses: AGRI 301 (4 s.h. maximum); AGRN 278, 373; CONS 405; FOR 200, 209, 409; HORT 485; RPTA 487, 488, 489

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.

View course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog.