BS in Plant Sciences with Emphasis in Crop Management

Degree Program Description

From the food on our plates to the homes we live in to the fuel in our vehicles, plants impact all aspects of our daily lives. As an ever-growing human population continues to increase the demand for crops and other plant products, so too does the demand for plant scientists. Plant Sciences addresses the challenges from the field to the laboratory. Students enroll in a generalized core curriculum, then further refine their expertise in the Crop Management emphasis area.  Whether from a farm or urban background, developing technology in the husbandry and protection of agronomic or horticultural crops has created this productive career track.  Students utilize a combination of classroom and outdoor experiences to prepare for one of many opportunities: crop consultant; agronomist; crop sales representative; pest management specialist; farmer or entrepreneur; and advanced education.  Many positions are applied; the participation in crop growth and protection careers will be in demand well into the future.  Crop management specialists find employment with universities, the USDA Agricultural Research Service or private companies. They answer agronomic questions specific to their region, study major field and forage crops, and examine the feasibility of growing alternative crops for niche markets.  

Major Program Requirements

Emphasis Requirements

The management of food and fiber crops is key to meeting the global demands for food and energy. There are many opportunities to improve plant growth by manipulating production practices and improving control of disease, insect, and weed pests.

Crop Management Emphasis Area Requirements
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
PLNT_S 3210Principles of Weed Science4
PLNT_S 3213Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals3
PLNT_S 3225Plant Breeding and Genetics3
PLNT_S 3710Introductory Entomology3
PLNT_S 3715Insect Diversity2
PLNT_S 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
PLNT_S 4315Crop Physiology3
PLNT_S 4730Insect Pest Management for Plant Protection3
Select three:
PLNT_S 3240Principles of Viticulture I4
PLNT_S 3270Forage Crops3
PLNT_S 3275Grain Crops3
PLNT_S 4325Advanced Plant Breeding3
PLNT_S 4340Principles of Viticulture II4
PLNT_S 4360Precision Agriculture Science and Technology3

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Semester Plan

First Year
ABM 10413MATH 11003
ENGLSH 10003AG_ED_LD 22503
BIO_SC 12005PLNT_S 21003
PLNT_S 11201SOIL 21062
Humanities Elective3HIST 12003
 15 14
Second Year
CHEM 13204PLNT_S 21253
COMMUN 12003PLNT_S 31301
PLNT_S 33553PLNT_S 32133
Buisness Elective3Writing Intensive Course3
Social Science Elective3Humanities Elective3
 16 13
Third Year
PLNT_S 32303PLNT_S 43133
PLNT_S 32104PLNT_S 37103
PLNT_S 32703PLNT_S 37152
PLNT_S 32253Business Elective3
PLNT_S 40021-4Elective3
 14-17 14
Fourth Year
PLNT_S 45004PLNT_S 32753
Capstone3PLNT_S 47303
Electives9PLNT_S 43153
 PLNT_S 43253
 16 15
Total Credits: 117-120

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