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
Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24
Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.
Category Amount Tuition and Fees $4,713 Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,614 Books and Supplies $2,061 Personal Expenses $2,245 Transportation $2,007 Charger Tech 360 Fee $600 Loan Fees $83 Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $21,323 1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $10,662
Based on Wisconsin Residents.
Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.
Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.
These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application
- 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
- Admissions Preference Policy
Priority for program acceptance will be given in this order until January 1, 2024:
- Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Residents (permanent address is in one of Southwest Tech’s 30 school districts the College serves) Southwest Tech District Information
- Non-District State Residents
- Out-of-State Residents
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.
- 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 TitleChallenge Exam
10-006-113 Precision Ag Technologies 10-006-116 Introduction to Soils 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 10-006-132 Spatial Data Collection in Agriculture 10-006-160 Plant Science 10-006-197 Agribusiness Experiential Learning 10-070-101 Field Application Equipment 10-103-106 Beginning Microsoft Excel Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL 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 10-804-123 Math with Business Applications 10-809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies