Agronomy, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Advisors: The department has several faculty advisors:

Irrigation system waters plants at a farm field.
An irrigation system waters corn plants growing in a farm field at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

If you are new to the Agronomy department, please contact Joanna Schuth ( to be matched to a faculty advisor. Departmental Office: 371 Moore Hall (608-262-1390)

Field of Study: Help face the challenges of meeting world food demand, protecting the environment and sustaining agriculture. As a student in agronomy you can learn how to find answers to these important challenges. Agronomy is the branch of biology that focuses on improving plants for food and other uses, and producing them in sustainable ways. If you are interested in plant biology, genetics, biotechnology, molecular biology, agroecology, crop management and protection, or other aspects of crop production systems, agronomy offers learning opportunities for you. An education in agronomy provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in the biological sciences and offers opportunities for careers in many fields.

Possible Careers: Plant geneticist; biotechnologist; plant breeder; agroecologist; agronomist; crop production and protection specialist; farm manager; resource conservationist.

Special Opportunities & Additional Information

  • Interact with professors and students in small class settings.
  • Professors will be your advisors, helping you to learn both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Hands-on learning and work opportunities in our laboratory, greenhouse, and field research programs.
  • Summer internships and independent study opportunities.
  • Professional and social activities through the Badger Crops Club and F.H King Students of Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Several awards (including study abroad) and academic scholarships available to undergraduates in Agronomy.
Selected Required Courses for the B.S. Degree
  • Intro Biology: Botany 130 + Zoology 101/102; Biology 151 and 152; or Biocore 381-384
  • Math: Math 112 and 113, or 114
  • General Chemistry: Chem 103 and 104 or 109
  • Organic Chemistry: None
  • Physics: None
  • Statistics: 3 credits from 201, 224, 301, 371, 541, 571, or Comp Sci 302 Economics: Econ 101 or 11 or AAE 215