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CSES 5444: Agronomic Topics for the Mid-Atlantic

Concentration: Environmental Science
Credits: 3 graduate credits


The purpose of this course is to teach practical and applied issues related to agronomy, including nutrient, soil and water, pest and crop management, and to equip students to utilize this information in agronomic management decisions. We will explore how these area of management impact agriculture in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic through contact with Extension professionals, research and through Extension publications. Because effective communication is an important skill for professionals in agriculture, we will practice and analyze scientific writing by writing a peer-reviewed extension publication that will be published through VCE. Students will practice applying agronomic knowledge and scientific literature to real-world problems during two case studies and via discussion boards.Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Master concepts of four areas in agronomy, highlighted in the International Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) learning objectives:
    • Nutrient Management;
    • Soil and Water Management;
    • Pest Management; and
    • Crop Management;
  • Apply knowledge and use problem-solving skills in real-world situations and give recommendations;
  • Be able to locate, evaluate and synthesize scientific information into written and oral communications, tailored for specific audiences;
  • Perform soil fertility and other agronomic calculations.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Mark Reiter