Graduation is possible in four years and a half or, at most, in seven years and a half. Agronomist engineers who graduate from the UFV will be professionals prepared by one of Latin America’s most qualified institutions in this area, and will be able to claim with confidence a place in the job market or to work as entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. Constant technological changes, new demands, and the fast advance of sciences impose frequent adjustments on the agronomist engineer’s training, which requires dynamic educational techniques and a dynamic curriculum content of each subject of the program. This constant alertness is a requirement for a comprehensive professional training and it enables the Agronomy program graduates to play an important role in the development of the agricultural sector, in order to make it economically profitable, ecologically sustainable, and socially fair.
The concept of the Agronomist Engineer and his/her performance areas, ruled by the CONFEA - Conselho Federal de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Agronomia (Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy), demands a diversified and integrated knowledge to give students a good foundation. With this intent, the UFV offers carefully chosen basic and optional courses. The group of basic courses comprehends basic chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology, a necessary background for the following courses. The optional courses are essential to complement theoretical and practical learning, making it possible for the undergraduates in Agronomy to choose areas of their preference, without loosing quality in the learning process, so that they can later meet their professional demands.
Knowledge of all the stages of the agro-industrial processes is a requirement for the Agronomist professional, from the planning of the activities to be implemented in the initial phase of production, to the final transformation process, or value aggregation in agro-industry and commercialization. In order to make this happen, our students are offered a range of courses, including: botany; zoology; genetics; plant physiology; soil sciences; renewable natural resources; plant nutrition; pest and disease management and control; soil management; management, production and improvement of olericole plants, fruit and tree crops; flower culture, gardening and landscaping; medicinal plants; homeopathy; agricultural mechanization; irrigation and drainage; storage and drying; agricultural constructions; topography and roads; meteorology and climatology; forest production; animal production, management and breeding; economic and administrative sciences; agricultural development; agricultural experimentation; agro ecology; biotechnology; farming product technology and processing, among others.
The UFV Agronomy Program is one of the most traditional in Brazil; it is supported by 23 departments, a total of 277 faculty members, almost all with Doctorate Ph.D. degrees. Moreover, the UFV has modern laboratory facilities, areas for practical field lessons, and other facilities necessary for education and research. Research programs, developed by professors, and graduate programs offer the students the chance to serve as apprentices in their own university and even to participate in research project development, with the possibility of receiving scientific initiation scholarships. Research training is a great step towards agrarian sciences graduate programs in the University, which was evaluated by the government as excellent and rated as an international level institution by CAPES. The Agronomy Program at the UFV started in 1928 and was recognized by Decree nº 78.631/76.