Learn the science and business of agriculture: you'll do that here.

Plant & Soil Science students take a variety of business-related courses, such as computer applications, accounting, economics, management, marketing, sales, and finance. Many of these courses focus specifically on agriculture. Students also focus on the scientific aspects of plants and soils, such as soils and soil fertility; pest management; plant breeding, nutrition, and pathology; crop production and physiology, as well as the management of natural resources.

What You’ll Do

  • Take a variety of business-related courses, such as computer applications, accounting, economics, management, marketing, sales, and finance. Many of these courses focus specifically on agriculture.
  • Spend a good deal of time in courses focusing on the scientific aspects of plants and soils, such as soils and soil fertility; pest management; plant breeding, nutrition, and pathology; crop production and physiology, as well as the management of natural resources.
  • Be prepared for scientific and technical careers related to field crops, precision agriculture, soils, farm management, sales, marketing, finance, policy, production, consulting, and related areas.
  • Be provided with a basis for graduate work.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Agriculture report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $69k  

    Agricultural and Food Scientist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an agricultural and food scientist is $68,830.

  • $68k  

    Farmer, Rancher, and Other Agricultural Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a farmer, rancher, and other agricultural manager is $68,090.   

  • $64k  

    Conservation Scientist and Forester

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a conservation scientist and forester is $64,010.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

What You'll Study

Agribusiness: Plant and Soil Science students take a variety of business-related courses, such as computer applications, accounting, economics, management, marketing, sales, and finance. Many of these courses focus specifically on agriculture. Students also focus on the scientific aspects of plants and soils, such as soils and soil fertility; pest management; plant breeding, nutrition, and pathology; crop production and physiology, as well as the management of natural resources. Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of the General Education program, and 39 senior division hours (300-599). Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.  

Agribusiness Core – 71 hours – No Minor Required

  • AG111 Agribusiness Orientation (1)
  • AG140 Communicating in Agriculture (3)
  • AG208 Agriculture Bus Data Analysis (3)
  • AG245 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AG250 Agribusiness Management (3)
  • AG334 Agribusiness Finance (3)
  • AG340 Agriculture Safety (3)
  • AG355 Agriculture Seminar (2)
  • AG381 Agribusiness Management II (3)
    OR
  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AG447 Mktg of Agri Products (3)
  • AG465 Agriculture Internship (3-6)
    OR
  • AG469 Undergrad Research (3)
  • AG470 Agribusiness Sales (3)
  • AO120 Plant Science (3)
  • AO125 Plant Science Lab (1)
  • AY101 Animal Science (3)
  • HO110 Intro to Horticulture (3)

     

Plant and Soil Science

  • AG440 Precision Agriculture (3)
  • AO215 Soils (3)
  • AO260 Integrated Pest Management (3)
  • AO323 Plant Pathology (3)
  • AO420 Crop Physiology (3)
  • AO427 Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition (3)
  • AO480 Crop Production (3)
Choose 11-12 hours from the following:
  • AG444 Spatial Analysis (3)
  • AG551 Water Management (3)
  • AO301 Forages (3)
  • AO321 Cotton & Rice Culture (3)
  • AO322 Weed Science (3)
  • AO327 Sustainable Agriculture (3)
  • AO401 Agriculture & Natural Resource Management (3)
  • AO415 Crop Systems Management (3)
  • AO440 Agroecosystems Analysis Field Course (3)
  • AO444 Principles of Plant Breeding (3)
  • AO555 Soil Classification & Resource Management (3)
  • AY105 Animal Science Experiences (1)
  • UI436 Agricultural Ethics (3)

     

Additional Requirements:

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.
  • CH181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
    OR
  • CH184/185 General Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
    OR
  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (17 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AO120/125 (4) 
  • HO110 (3) 
  • MA116/155 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15-16 Hours)     

  • AG111 (1)
  • AG208 (3) 
  • AG245 (3) 
  • AO215/015 (3) 
  • AY101 (3)
  • Agriculture Education (2-3) 

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (16-17 Hours)  

  • A0260 (3) 
  • CH181/184/185 (4-5) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours)    

  • AC221 or AG381 (3) 
  • AG140 (2) 
  • AG250 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • AG440 (3) 
  • AO427 (3) 
  • Agriculture elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours)     

  • AG334 (3) 
  • AG355 (2) 
  • AG470 (3) 
  • AO420(3) 
  • Agriculture elective (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • AG447 (3) 
  • AO323 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours)  

  • AG340 (3)
  • AO480 (3)
  • Agriculture elective (3)
  • Elective (3) 

Summer Session (3 hours)

  • AG465/469 (3)

Paying for College

Your hard work can pay off big because the Department of Agriculture offers about $650,000 in scholarships to students.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Hands-on Learning

There’s no better way to learn than by getting your hands dirty, and you’ll do just that at SEMO. From digging in the dirt at our greenhouse to working with animals at the Agriculture Research Center, you’ll get real-world experience from day one.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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