Program Description

The Agronomy Associate Degree program focuses on the principles and practices of crop production and field management. Production management centers on the science of strategically managing land, water, plants, labor and other inputs, such as seeds, nutrients, pesticides and precision agriculture technologies to produce food and fiber in a sustainable and profitable manner. Practical hands-on learning opportunities are infused with theory throughout the program.

Studies include the four major categories of crop management: soil and crop management, pest management, nutrient management and water management. Learners will actively manage cropland acres and complete an internship work experience. 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.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,107
Books & Supplies: $701

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Identify plants, pests and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Prepare field, plant and harvest crops
  • Prepare harvested crops for storage
  • Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields or costs
  • Safely operate and set up agronomy equipment
  • Explore government regulations
  • Apply agriculture commodities and concepts
  • Integrate technology with cropping techniques
  • Operate drones
  • Operate precision application equipment
  • Determine and apply crop protection products


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • 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
  • Field Crew Member
  • Agronomy Advisor
  • Precision Agronomy Technician
  • Precision Agronomist
  • Cranberry Marsh Worker


The Agronomy Associate Degree is a 65 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
Orientation To Agronomy 1.00
Introduction To Soils 2.00
Agriculture Equipment Safety 2.00
Introduction To Precision Agriculture 3.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
College Mathematics 3.00

Second Term

Plant Science Basics 3.00
Agriculture Insurance 1.00
Pesticide/Fertilizer Applications 2.00
Crop Scouting Techniques 1.00
Microeconomics 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Third Term

Pest and Disease Management 3.00
Principles Of Crop Production 3.00
Nutrient Management 2.00
Weed Identification 1.00

Fourth Term

Agricultural Internship 1.00
Agriculture Water Management 3.00
GIS Applications & Resource Management 3.00
Precision Drone Applications 3.00
Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Fifth Term

Agriculture Sales & Promotion 2.00
Agriculture Commodities & Marketing 3.00
Agronomy Data Technology 2.00
Commercial Vegetable Cropping Systems 2.00
Precision Agriculture Applications 3.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Agronomy Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

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In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
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* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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Admissions Process

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The majority of the courses in this program take place at NTC’s Agriculture Center of Excellence, located at 6625 County Road K, Wausau, WI.

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