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Agriculture Minor

Whether you have a passion for agriculture or you just see it as a career field with big potential, an agriculture minor can be an ideal complement for several majors. With an agriculture minor, you’ll be ready to apply your knowledge of the ag industry to whatever career path you pursue.

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Program Overview

Dordt offers one of the best agriculture programs taught from a Christian perspective in the Midwest. You’ll not only learn about plants and animals, but also the business and economic side of the industry. When you study agriculture at Dordt, you'll learn to be a disciple of Christ wherever God calls you to be in the ag industry.

What You'll Learn

You’ll learn the fundamentals of how to succeed in the ag industry. From agricultural safety and plant science to chemistry and personal finance, an Ag minor provides a multi-faceted look at agriculture. This well-rounded approach prepares you to take what you’ve learned and apply it to your major, whatever it may be.

What You Can Do With An Agriculture Minor

An agriculture minor can prepare you to thrive in horticulture production, agribusiness, livestock production, and more. By combining your major with an ag minor, you’ll open up multiple doors and opportunities to find success and live out God’s purpose for your life.


A Farmhand assists a farmer with their plants, crops, farm animals, and general maintenance.

Ranch Manager

A Ranch Manager is in charge of supervising the production and care of livestock and other farm animals.

Agricultural Mechanic

An Agricultural Mechanic maintains and repairs farm machinery and vehicles.

To earn an agriculture minor, students will need to complete five agriculture courses, a chemistry course and a financial stewardship course. This includes at least five credit hours of lab work.

  • Biology, Care, and Production of Domestic Animals: History, management, physiology, breeding, lactation, feeding, health, and products of cattle, swine, sheep, poultry, companion animals, and other species as they relate to humans and the creation. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
  • Orientation and Agricultural Safety: Classroom discussion, lecture, and practical experience are used to familiarize the students with the Agriculture Department, Agricultural Stewardship Center (ASC), and the greenhouse to develop understanding and competency in operating equipment at the ASC and classroom labs. Students will receive instruction in agricultural safety to develop an understanding and competency in the areas of current agricultural production practices and safety procedures. Students will be certified in CPR and complete first aid training. The course meets for seven weeks. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.
  • Introduction to Plant Science: Students will study plants, their care and use within agroecosystems, as well as their role in creation. Students will be introduced to how agriculture both influences and is influenced by human cultural development, how humankind’s understanding of stewardship influences creation care, and how plants serve as sources of food, fiber, fuel, and fascination. Plant biology concepts including plant structure and function, growth, development and reproduction, and plant/environment interactions will be introduced. The course will demonstrate how these biotic and environmental factors integrate with plant biotechnology, crop breeding and propagation, protection, cropping systems, and crop economics and utilization. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.
  • Introduction to Farm Business Management and Accounting: The study of the principles, financial statements, and analyses of farm business data using actual farm data and scenarios. Topics include decision making processes, whole business planning, goal setting, record keeping, balance sheets, budgeting, cash flow statements, income statements, budgeting, balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, investment analysis, tax planning and risk analysis. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.
  • Perspectives in Agricultural Policy: Worldviews relating to contemporary agriculture systems are discussed. In addition to examining historical policies, the participating stakeholder groups and development of domestic and international agricultural policies are also studied. Several views on these topics are examined and a reformed perspective is developed. Two lectures and a one-hour small group discussion period per week.
  • General Chemistry: A first course in the fundamental principles of chemistry for students in all science disciplines. Topics include measurement, the mole and reaction stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure and bonding, intermolecular forces, gases, types of reactions, and energy in chemical reactions. An introduction to laboratory safety and chemical hygiene is included in the laboratory. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
  • Principles of Chemistry: A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry and an introduction to foundational issues in science. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. An introduction to laboratory safety and chemical hygiene is included in the laboratory. This is the first course in chemistry for majors in the physical and life sciences. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
  • Personal Financial Management and Stewardship: Prepares students for the many financial decisions that they will be making during their lives in light of a Biblical and reformed view of stewardship.
  • Principles of Economics: Micro: The study of allocation of scarce resources at the level of the individual, household, and firm. Included are human motivation and preferences, the market, the function of prices, supply, demand, perfect and imperfect competition, and selected policy questions. Christian views on the nature of humanity, human motivation, and the market are also studied.

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Agriculture Stewardship Center

As an agriculture minor, you’ll have the opportunity to spend time in Dordt’s Agriculture Stewardship Center. This unique location includes 200 acres where students will raise livestock and grow crops, small grains, and produce.

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