MAJOR IN AGRONOMY
Major in Agronomy
WHY SHOULD YOU MAJOR IN AGRONOMY?
Food production is one of the oldest professions of humanity. As societies become more technological and sophisticated, the demand for foods in urban environments has grown. This need to efficiently produce foodstuffs was what gave rise to agronomy:
- Human beings will always have to eat, so the demand for basic foods will always be present.
- International markets are increasingly demanding special or niche products, and our country possesses an advantageous geopolitical location for entry into Europe and the east coast of the United States.
- Our country is eminently agricultural, given the diversity of climates, richness of its soil, and the abundance of water.
- Agronomy allows a professional to become independent and establish his own agricultural enterprise.
- It allows him to continue studying his area of specialty in a large number of academic institutions around the world.
- The diversity of situations that the agronomist confronts in the field is challenging and stimulating for an agronomist at the forefront of his profession.
- Normally an agronomist works in a team with professionals in sociology, strategic planning, and civil engineering.
- Agronomy offers acceptable economic stability and a good lifestyle.
Why Should I Major in Agronomy in the UNPHU?
The School of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources (FCAyRN) was created in 1966 as the second school of agricultural sciences in the country. The School of Agronomy is the academic unit responsible for coordinating and supervising the study programs for a major in Agronomy Engineering with a minor in crop production. Throughout the 45 years of its existence it has graduated over 2,000 agronomists and environmental experts, who have had a notable influence on agricultural development, responding to national and international requirements. Many of our agronomy graduates practice their profession outside this country, particularly in the United States, and Central and South America. Our graduates are taught to be professionals capable in their area of study, and to be responsible citizens in the exercising of their profession.
The School of Agronomy prepares and delivers graduate-level and continued education programs in accordance with the institution´s program guidelines and the demand by the public and private agricultural sector, including master´s degrees in Agri-Business and Agricultural Diversification. The philosophical framework under which the study programs are designed and the areas of research are decided for undergraduate work, theses, and research projects are based on the principles of economic and environmental sustainability. Students majoring in agronomy are exposed to, and motivated to learn about, modern and environmentally friendly production systems for the production of foodstuffs, thus reflecting UNPHU´s commitment to the responsible use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources, without failing to recognize the presence of the human being and the need to produce food efficiently as the core of our actions.
The link with other Dominican and foreign educational institutions, as well as the public and private agricultural sector, is one of our objectives. The institutions with which we have made collaboration agreements and have developed academic and research programs include Cornell University, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the World Bank, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of the Environment of the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (MESCYT), the Dominican Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAF), the Dominican Biotechnology and Industry Institute (IIBI), the Center for Agricultural and Forestry Development (CEDAF), the National Council on Agricultural and Forestry Research, the University of Murcia, the University of Girona, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), the European Union (EU), the Fondo Pronaturaleza (Pronatura), and the USAID, among others.
The mission of the FCA y RN is to prepare agricultural professionals with the ability to produce foods in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner, as an agent of change of their work environment through continuous efforts in research, innovation, and an expansion of knowledge.
The FCAyRN is a leader in the healthy production of agricultural- or animal-based foodstuffs, with broad national and international recognition for the environmental responsibility reflected in the quality of its graduates and their contributions to innovative technological research.