Undergraduate Concentration in Plant and Soil Science

(B.S. in Agricultural Sciences)

The undergraduate concentration in Plant and Soil Science leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences and is designed to prepare students to meet the rapidly increasing need for graduates who are highly qualified in the complex and scientific field of agriculture and renewable natural resources. The courses are taught with both theoretical and practical application, so students are prepared for the many career choices available. Paid research co-ops/internship opportunities are available to students enrolled in the undergraduate programs.

Suggested Four Year Plan

FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
Freshman Year
AGSC 2010 Introduction to Agribusiness
3
ENGL 1010 Freshman English I
3
HIST 2010 American History I
3
MATH 1110 College Algebra I
3
Social/Behavioral Elective 3
UNIV 1000 Service to Learning
1
 
16
AGSC 1200 Introduction to Plant Science
3
AGSC 2410
3
AGSC 2510 Fundamentals of Geospatial Information Systems
4
COMM 2200 Public Speaking
3
ENGL 1020 Freshman English I
3
 
16
Sophomore Year
BIOL 1010, 1011 Introductory Biology I and Lab  or  
CHEM 1110, 1111 General Chemistry I and Lab
4
ENGL 2010-2018 Sophomore Literature I
3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
HIST 2010 American History I
3
 
13
AGSC 2200 4
BIOL 1120, 1121 Introductory Biology II and Lab or
 
CHEM 1120, 1121 General Chemistry II and Lab
4
HIST 2020 American History II
3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL ELECTIVE 3
 
17
Junior Year
AGSC 3200 General Agricultural Botany
4
AGSC 3210 Principles of Crop Science
3
AGSC 3240 Economic Entomology
3
AGSC 3340 Forestry
3
CHEM 2110 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
3
 
16
AGSC 3250 Farm Weeds and Their Control
3
AGSC 3300 Plant Pathology
3
AGSC 3350 Landscape Plants and Design
3
GUIDED ELECTIVES 3
GUIDED ELECTIVES 3
 
15
Senior Year
AGSC 3260 Plant Physiology
3
AGSC 3320 Propagation of Horticultural Plants
3
AGSC 4220 Advanced Soil Fertility
4
AGSC 4710 Seminar
1
AGSC 3120 Introduction to Applied Statistics I
3
 
14
AGSC 4230 Soil and Water Conservation and Management
4
AGSC 4310 Plant Breeding
3
AGSC 4500 Senior Project
3
GUIDED ELECTIVES 3
AGSC Elective 3
 
16

GUIDED ELECTIVES: Plant and Soil Science

AGSC 3200, 3210, 3220**, 3230**, 3240, 3250, 3260, 3300, 3320, 3330, 3340, 3350, 3550, 3560, 3570, 3580, 3590, 3600, 4210**, 4220**, 4230**, 4240, 4250, 4260, 4310, 4510, 4520, 4530, 4540, 4550, 4560, CHEM 3410 and 3411

GUIDED ELECTIVES*          15 Credit Hours

*Guided electives will be chosen from listed courses based upon the student’s career interests.

**Students interested in soil science as a career will choose a minimum of 15 credit hours from the soils category of listed courses.

 

Undergraduate Concentration Courses

AGSC 1200 Introduction to Plant Science
AGSC 2200 Fundamentals of Soil Science
AGSC 3200 General Agricultural Botany
AGSC 3210 Principles of Crop Science
AGSC 3220 Soil and Environmental Chemistry
AGSC 3230 Soil Morphology and Classification
AGSC 3240 Economic Entomology
AGSC 3250 Farm Weeds and their Control
AGSC 3260 Plant Physiology
AGSC 3300 Plant Pathology
AGSC 3320 Propagation of Horticultural Plants
AGSC 3330 Floriculture
AGSC 3340 Forestry
AGSC 3350 Landscape Plants and Design
AGSC 4210 Soil Physics
AGSC 4220 Advanced Soil Fertility
AGSC 4230 Soil and Water Conservation and Management
AGSC 4240 Turf Management
AGSC 4250 Floral Design
AGSC 4260 Greenhouse Operation and Management
AGSC 4310 Plant Breeding

Departmental Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences

MAJOR CORE: A minimum of 26 semester hours including, AGSC 1200, 1410, 2010, 2200, 2410, 2510, 4500, 4710, 4720, and UNIV 1000.

GENERAL EDUCATION: 41 semester hours including:

  • Communications – 9 hours ENGL 1010,1020, COMM 2200;
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts – 9 hours – ENGL 2010-2024 (3 hours), ART 1010, MUSC 1020, or PHIL 2010;
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours – SOCI 2010, PSYC 2010 or ECON 2010 & 2020;
  • History – 6 hours – HIST 2010, 2020 or 2030;
  • Natural Sciences – 8 hours – CHEM 1110/1111 & 1120/1121 or BIOL 1010/1011 and Mathematics – 3 hours – MATH 1110, 1120 or 1410

Upper Division Policy
Students majoring in Agricultural Sciences must gain upper division status before enrolling in any upper division courses (3000 and 4000 levels). Upper division courses taken prior to being given upper division status may not be accepted towards the B.S. degree. Students may be admitted to the upper division after completing at least 60 degree-level lower division credits (as set out in the curriculum) with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 and completion of the Rising Junior Examination. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a formal petition to the Department. A departmental committee to ensure that all criteria have been met will review such petitions. Students seeking Teacher Certification must maintain a 2.75 gpa and apply for admission to “Teacher Education” through the Department of Teacher Education and Services as they transition to upper division courses.

 






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