Agronomy Diploma

Agronomy Diploma

Career Description

Industry demand for agronomists is much greater than the supply, and a degree from Central Lakes College carries a strong, positive reputation among potential employers in agronomy. Potential occupations include: Cranberry Marsh Worker, Farm Laborer, Irrigation Worker, Harvest Worker, Seasonal Elevator Worker, Seasonal Pesticide Applicator Specialist, Sales Representative, Crop Scout, Crop Research Assistant, Custom Applicator, Crop Insurance Professional, Buyer-Crop Protectants, Field Supervisor and Field Crew Member.

Program Information

Scientific advances are changing the way America and the rest of the world raise field crops and manage soil, in turn affecting the trading and marketing of these commodities. Agronomy is focused on new and improved ways of agriculture. With new methods of conservation and a focus on improved soil health, today’s agronomist needs specialized training in advanced agricultural technologies as well as the expertise in processes related to chemical application, seed conditioning, production, quality, and value-added processing. The end goal is producing food, fuel and fiber in a more efficient and economical way for the benefit of people and the environment around the world. Agronomists are agricultural scientists who study and experiment to enhance crop yields. Some agronomy technicians assist with laboratory equipment and field sample collection. Custom application is one of the highest demand careers in the Agribusiness Industry. If you enjoy applied agricultural science and seek an in-demand career with great job placement and bonus financial assistance, Central Lakes College’s Agronomy Technology may be the field for you! Agronomy students at Central Lakes College take courses in areas of soils, animal and crop sciences. They also study computers and precision farming to form a strong foundation in the field. We have over 2000 acres of a working college research farm where you can develop your skills. Production management centers on the science of strategically managing land, water, plants, labor and other inputs, such as seeds, nutrients, pesticides and machinery to produce food and fiber in a sustainable and profitable manner. Practical hands-on learning opportunities are infused with theory throughout the program. Jobs in this area are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Learners interested in this career should have a valid driver’s license to operate equipment, above average computer skills and possess good oral, reading and writing skills. In addition, professionals in this area tend to spend a great deal of their time working outdoors.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in agricultural systems;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in agronomy systems;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in precision agriculture systems;
  • Analyze and apply specific troubleshooting knowledge and technology in the areas of agriculture, agronomy, and precision agriculture; and
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills as an individual and as a team member.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

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Program Course Requirements

Semester One (15 credits)
AGRO 1100 Introduction to Agronomy, 3 cr
AGRO 1102 Soil Science, 3 cr
AGRO 1110 Introduction to Agriculture Careers, 2 cr
ANSI 1100 Introduction to Animal Science, 4 cr
COMP 1101 Computer Fundamentals, 3 cr

Semester Two (16 credits)
AGRO 1104 Introduction to Precision Agriculture, 3 cr
AGRO 1106 Pesticide Applications, 2 cr
AGRO 1108 Equipment Operations, 2 cr
AGRO 1112 Nutrient Management, 3 cr
AGRO 1114 Weed Identification, 1 cr
AGRO 1116 Agriculture Water Quality, 2 cr
HEOM 1164 CDL Permit, 3 cr

Summer Session (3 cr)
AGRO 1150 Internship, 3 cr

Semester Three (14 credits)
AGRO 1120 Plant Physiology, 3 cr
AGRO 1122 Irrigation Water Management, 3 cr
AGRO 1124 Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr
FBMT 1112 Foundations for Farm Business Management, 4 cr
FBMT 2220 Special Topics – Crops, 1 cr

Semester Four (12 credits)

AGRO 1130 Advanced Precision Agriculture, 3 cr
AGRO 1134 International/Global Agriculture, 3 cr
AGRO 1136 Advanced Crop Production, 3 cr
CCST 1530 Employment Strategies, 3 cr


Program Instructors

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Aubrey Beadell Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8014 1
Nick O'Reilly Occupational Skills Program College Lab Assistant OccupationalSkills 218-855-8077 2
Kevin Lomax College Lab Assistant Automotive Faculty 218-855-8000 3
Mallori Sheik Director of Accessibility Services Accessibility 218-855-8175 4
Jody Flynn Accessibility Services Assistant Accessibility 218-855-8056 5
Missy Tureson Box Office Assistant Theatre 218-855-8199 6
Deana Bobzien Instructor Faculty Mathematics Supportive Services 218-855-8339 7
Brianna Rajkowski Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8228 8
Cynthia Dionysius AD Nursing Faculty NursingASDegree 218-855-8133 9
Tajia Anderson PSEO Specialist Admissions - CollegeCreditInHighSchool- PSEO 218-855-8079 10
Tracy Tschida Instructor Faculty Psychology 2188-855-8328 11
Mike Fitcher Adjunct Instructor MachineTool 218-855-8000 12
Brent Balmer Videography CLA Videography 218-855-8727 13
David Gray instructor HistoryTransferPathway - History 218-855-8276 14
Jim Nagy Adjunct Instructor GraphicDesign 218-855-8157 15
Brandon Schneider Instructor HeavyEquipment 218-894-5179 16
Jim Kocherer Instructor FarmBusinessManagement 763-218-7030 17
Natalia DePauw Director of Dual Enrollment Advising - PSEO - CollegeCreditInHighSchool 218-855-8263 18
Teresa Schmitz Assistant Director of HR Human Resources 218-855-8050 19
Amy Disterhaupt Admissions Specialist Admissions 218-855-8250 20
Nick Heisserer Instructor BusinessInstructor - BusinessTransfer 218-855-8089 21
Matthew Krueger Environmental Health and Safety Officer Maintenance 218-855-8115 22
Mark Lindquist Instructor Music 218-855-8236 23
Joy Larson Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Security 218-855-8143 24
Jeremy Goddard Bookstore/Print Shop Bookstore Supportive Services 218-855-8146 25
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