The curriculum offers the opportunity to manage, create, and produce crops by using correct agronomy principles and techniques. The student will obtain skills in crop protection, soil science, pest control, precision ag, and sustainable agriculture. This program also emphasizes in sales/service of ag materials and maintenance of agriculture equipment.
Is This Program for You?
Do you enjoy business and agriculture? Do you work well independently, as well as in a team setting? Are you a problem solver, analytical thinker, and a strong communicator? If so, the Agribusiness Science & Technology - Agronomy program may be a great fit for you.
Students entering the Agribusiness, Science & Technology - Agronomy program should:
- Have a strong attention to detail.
- Enjoy working with people.
- Be willing to try new and innovative ideas.
- Have a good understanding of agriculture.
- Enjoy science and mathematics.
- Associate degree - requiring a minimum of two years to complete
- Classes are offered daytime, face to face, and on campus
- Fall or Spring Start
- Financial aid eligible
- Credit for prior learning may be available
- High school articulation courses accepted
- Curriculum & Costs
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
Helpful Academic Background
- High school agriculture
- Communication skills
- Math courses
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the College Bookstore.
At the completion of this program, students are expected to be able to:
- Analyze opportunities in agriculture.
- Apply relevant technologies.
- Demonstrate professionalism skills within the agricultural career areas.
- Develop a management plan in agriculture.
- Develop a crop management plan.
- Agribusiness Science & Technology – Agribusiness Management
- Agribusiness Science & Technology - Agronomy
- Agribusiness Science & Technology - Agronomy Technician
- Agribusiness Science & Technology – Animal Science
- Agribusiness Science & Technology - Applicator Technician
- Farm Operations & Management - Ag Mechanics
- Farm Operations & Management – Dairy
- Farm Operations & Management – Dairy Technician
- Farm Operations & Management - Farm Ag Maintenance
- Farm Operations & Management - Livestock
- Farm Operations & Management - Livestock Tech
- Farm Operations & Management - Reproduction Technician
- Career Opportunities
Graduates obtain positions in a wide variety of specialty areas, and there is a vast amount of potential for those who have mid-management or upper-management career aspirations. The demand in this field is expected to remain high for several years in such jobs as:
- Sales Representative: Solicits and communicates with potential customers and follows up to assure customer satisfaction.
- Service Representative: Samples and analyzes soils and feeds and recommends corrective measures.
- Manager Trainee: Works in areas of sales, promotion, personnel, and administration.
- Crop Specialist: Works with farmers in evaluating crops, recommending alternative practices and chemicals.
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.
Agribusiness Science & Technology - Agronomy Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
CLEP Credential Portfolio 10-006-113 Precision Ag Technologies 10-006-114 Legal Aspects of Agribusiness 10-006-116 Introduction to Soils 10-006-121 Agribusiness Computer Applications 10-006-124 Pesticide Applicator Training Pesticide Applicator 10-006-125 Crop Protection Products CCA Certification 10-006-126 Pest ID & Mgt/Crop Scouting CCA Certification 10-006-127 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers 10-006-128 Nutrient Management Planning 10-006-130 Row Crop Production Management 10-006-131 Forage Crop Production Management 10-006-132 Spatial Data Collection in Agriculture 10-006-133 Agribusiness Financial Management If Portfolio is approved, Challenge Exam will be administered. 10-006-135 Agribusiness Sales and Services If Portfolio is approved, Demonstration Challenge Exam will be administered. 10-006-160 Plant Science 10-006-163 Agribusiness Management If Portfolio is approved, Challenge Exam will be administered. 10-006-180 Animal Science 10-006-197 Agribusiness Internship 10-070-101 Field Application Equipment 10-801-195 Written Communication College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method. 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 10-804-107 College Mathematics CLEP test - College Mathematics 10-809-195 Economics CLEP Test - Principles of Macroeconomics