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Agronomy


Administrative Unit:Agronomy
College/School: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Admitting Plans:M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Ph.D. Minor

Faculty: Professors Tracy, Albrecht, Casler, Duke, S. Kaeppler, Lauer, Posner, Stoltenberg (Interim Chair), Undersander; Associate Professors Ane, Conley, Henson, Jackson, H. Kaeppler, Kucharik; Assistant Professors Davis, deLeon, Renz

Overview

Training in agronomy prepares graduates for professional careers in research, teaching, and extension at academic and government institutions, and for research and technical careers in industry in areas such as biotechnology, hybrid and variety development, and crop management and protection. The department may be consulted for specific career information.

Excellent facilities for research are available in the department, including fully equipped laboratories, growth chambers and greenhouses, and complete field facilities at nearby agronomy research farms and at farms throughout the state. Students have access to highly controlled, plant growth facilities at the university's Biotron and to special analytical services provided by the campus Biotechnology Center.

Master's International Program (MIP)  

This joint program with the U.S. Peace Corps coordinates graduate study with a two-year Peace Corps service commitment. Students work with faculty to develop applied research that fulfills the requirement of a thesis or creative project. For more information, see UW–Madison Peace Corps.

Admission 

Candidates for graduate study should have a bachelor's degree in agriculture or in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences. To be admitted to the Ph.D. program in full standing, candidates must fulfill minimum requirements in chemistry, calculus, statistics, and biology. Contact the department or visit the website for details. Students considering graduate study in agronomy should make inquiries to the department several months before the desired enrollment date. In addition to the online application, the department requires a statement of purpose, GRE scores, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Candidates for department research and teaching assistantships can be accepted at any time of the year; however, candidates for university fellowships must apply by January 2 for fall enrollment.

For more information: Department of Agronomy, 371 Moore Hall, 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-1390; jrfisch@wisc.edu; agronomy.wisc.edu.