Program Description

The Crop Science 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 machinery 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 100 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.

Approximate Cost

$11,338
Tuition: $9740 , Books: $1598

Starting Salary

$24,960–$42,120
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available
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Availability

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.

100%
at Wausau
20-30%
at Antigo
20-30%
at Medford
20-30%
at Phillips
20-30%
at Spencer
20-30%
at Wittenberg
20-30%
at Online

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

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

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

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Field Crew Member
  • Field Supervisor
  • Buyer-Crop Protectants
  • Crop Insurance Professional
  • Custom Applicator
  • Crop Research Assistant
  • Crop Scout
  • Sales Representative
  • Seasonal Pesticide Applicator Specialist
  • Seasonal Elevator Worker
  • Harvest Worker
  • Irrigation Worker
  • Farm Laborer
  • Cranberry Marsh Worker

Courses

The Crop Science (Agronomy) Associate Degree is a 61 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

ORIENTATION TO AGRONOMY 1.00
INTRODUCTION TO SOILS 2.00
AGRICULTURE EQUIPMENT SAFETY 2.00
CROP SCOUTING TECHNIQUES 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term

AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES & MARKETING 3.00
INSURANCE AND CROP ADJUSTING 2.00
PESTICIDE/FERTILIZER EQUIPMENT 3.00
ECONOMICS 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Third Term

PRINCIPLES OF CROP PRODUCTION 3.00
NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT 2.00
PLANT SCIENCE AND WEED ID 3.00

Fourth Term

INTRODUCTION TO PRECISION AGRICULTURE 3.00
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT 3.00
AGRICULTURE WATER MANAGEMENT 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Fifth Term

AGRICULTURAL INTERNSHIP 3.00
AGRICULTURE SALES & PROMOTION 2.00
GIS APPLICATIONS & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3.00
AGRONOMY DATA TECHNOLOGY 2.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

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 Crop Science (Agronomy) Associate Degree:

  • The Agronomy Certificate will provide you with 8% (5 of 61 credits) of the total credits in this Crop Science (Agronomy) Associate Degree
  • The Crop Scout Technical Diploma will provide you with 41% (25 of 61 credits) of the total credits in this Crop Science (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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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

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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We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.