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
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 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|PLNT_S 3210||Principles of Weed Science||4|
|PLNT_S 3213||Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals||3|
|PLNT_S 3225||Plant Breeding and Genetics||3|
|PLNT_S 3710||Introductory Entomology||3|
|PLNT_S 3715||Insect Diversity||2|
|PLNT_S 4313||Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition||3|
|PLNT_S 4315||Crop Physiology||3|
|PLNT_S 4730||Insect Pest Management for Plant Protection||3|
|PLNT_S 3240||Principles of Viticulture I||4|
|PLNT_S 3270||Forage Crops||3|
|PLNT_S 3275||Grain Crops||3|
|PLNT_S 4325||Field Crop Breeding||3|
|PLNT_S 4340||Principles of Viticulture II||4|
|PLNT_S 4360||Precision Agriculture Science and Technology||3|
Refer to the Semester Plan for the BS in Plant Sciences.
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