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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

MAJOR: Agricultural Biology

The agricultural biology course work prepares you for a variety of careers in the biological sciences and agriculture. You will develop your curriculum with an academic advisor to attain your individual goals. Many will pursue advanced degrees in the sciences or prepare for admittance to professional schools (medical, dental, etc.). A diverse program is offered with five separate options that allow you to tailor your program for careers in the commercial sector, such as agricultural consulting, and pest management or for careers with county, state, or federal agencies, such as research technicians, land managers, and extension agents.  A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation.  Any undergraduate student majoring in Agricultural Biology must earn a grade of C- or higher in core (EPWS prefix) courses to satisfy degree requirements. Students earning a D or F in a core (EPWS prefix) course will be expected to repeat that course until the student earns a grade of C- or higher. The following courses are required for a major in Agricultural Biology.

Requirements

Departmental Requirements

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

ANSC 305Principles of Genetics

3 cr.

BIOL 111GNatural History of Life

3 cr.

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 311General Microbiology

3 cr.

 

BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

or

BIOL 322Zoology

3 cr. (2+3P)

 

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

EPWS 100Introduction to Pest Management

3 cr.

EPWS 100 LPest Management Lab

1 cr.

EPWS 301Agricultural Biotechnology

3 cr. (2+2P)

EPWS 302General Entomology

4 cr.

EPWS 310Plant Pathology

4 cr. (3+2P)

EPWS 311Introduction to Weed Science

4 cr. (3+2P)

EPWS 447Seminar

1 cr.

MATH 121GCollege Algebra

3 cr.

One course from the following:

COMM 253GPublic Speaking

3 cr.

COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication

3 cr.

AXED 201GEffective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations

3 cr. (2+2P)

One course from the following:

ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences

3 cr.

ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication

3 cr.

ENGL 311GAdvanced Composition

3 cr.

General education electives from the following categories

Humanities and Fine Arts

6-9 cr.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6-9 cr.

Viewing a Wider World (6 credit 300 or 400 Level)

Two general education courses: one must be from a college outside of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

6 cr.

Agricultural Biology Options

In addition to the departmental requirements listed above, you must also complete all of the courses in at least one of the options listed below. Courses with higher numbered prefixes may replace courses listed as departmental requirements in some cases.

OPTION: Applied Biology/Preprofessional

The Applied Biology option prepares you for professional advancement including admittance to medical, dental, veterinary and graduate schools. Students interested in the health professions must register with the Health Professional Advisory Committee no later than the sophomore year. Students should check the specific entrance requirements for the professional or graduate school of their choice prior to selecting electives within this option.

Required Courses

BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2 cr. (6P)

MATH 190GTrigonometry and Precalculus

4 cr. (3+2P)

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory

1 cr.

Two courses from the following:

ANSC 370Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

4 cr. (3+2P)

BIOL 312Plant Taxonomy

3 cr. (2+3P)

BIOL 330Comparative Anatomy and Embryology

4 cr. (3+3P)

BIOL 354Physiology of Humans

3 cr.

BIOL 377Cell Biology

3 cr.

EPWS 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

EPWS 373Fungal Biology

3 cr. (2+2P)

EPWS 481Plant Nematology

3 cr. (2+2P)

Suggested Electives

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II

3 cr.

OPTION: Applied Microbiology

The Applied Microbiology biotin prepare you for professional positions in algal biofuels, environmental monitoring and improvement, industrial applications of microbiology, food sanitation, research or graduate study.

Required Courses

BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

BIOL 311 LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory

2 cr. (4P)

BIOL 451Physiology of Microorganisms

3 cr.

BIOL 473Ecology of Microorganisms

3 cr. (2+3P)

CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2 cr. (6P)

EPWS 373Fungal Biology

3 cr. (2+2P)

EPWS 420Environmental Behavior of Pesticides

3 cr.

EPWS 486Plant Virology

3 cr.

MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

3 cr. (2+2P)

PHYS 110G or above

4 cr.

Two courses from the following:

A ST 456Statistical Methods and Data Analysis

3 cr. (2+2P)

AGRO 471Plant Mineral Nutrition

3 cr.

BIOL 477Applied and Environmental Microbiology

4 cr.

E S 301Principles of Ecology

3 cr.

E S 370Environmental Soil Science

3 cr.

EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management

3 cr.

EPWS 462Parasitology

3 cr.

EPWS 481Plant Nematology

3 cr. (2+2P)

EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders

3 cr. (2+3P)

FSTE 320Food Microbiology

3 cr. (2+3P)

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility

3 cr.

SOIL 476Soil Microbiology

3 cr.

TOX 361Basic Toxicology

3 cr.

TOX 423Environmental Toxicology

3 cr.

OPTION: Entomology

The Entomology option prepares you for graduate degrees in entomology. Emphasis is placed on a broad background in field and laboratory aspects of insect biology and management.

Three courses from the following (at least):

EPWS 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

EPWS 451Special Topics

1-4 cr.

BIOL 301Principles of Ecology

3 cr.

AGRO 365Principles of Crop Production

4 cr. (3+3P)

AGRO 471Plant Mineral Nutrition

3 cr.

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

Required Courses

MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

3 cr. (2+2P)

BIOL 465Invertebrate Zoology

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

EPWS 303Economic Entomology

4 cr. (3+2P)

EPWS 325VInsects, Humans, and the Environment

3 cr.

EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management

3 cr.

or

EPWS 456Biological Control

3 cr.

EPWS 462Parasitology

3 cr.

EPWS 475Urban Entomology

3 cr.

EPWS 481Plant Nematology

3 cr. (2+2P)

EPWS 491Insect Physiology

3 cr.

EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders

3 cr. (2+3P)

OPTION: Environmental Biology

The Environmental Biology option prepares you for professional positions in environmental impact, regulation, compliance and improvement.

Required Courses

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

E S 301Principles of Ecology

3 cr.

E S 330Environmental Management Seminar I

1 cr.

E S 430Environmental Management Seminar II

1 cr.

EPWS 380VEcosystem Earth: The Impact of Human Activities

3 cr.

EPWS 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management

3 cr.

EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders

3 cr. (2+3P)

MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

3 cr. (2+2P)

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory

1 cr.

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

TOX 361Basic Toxicology

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:34

Two courses from the following (at least):

A ST 456Statistical Methods and Data Analysis

3 cr. (2+2P)

AGRO 365Principles of Crop Production

4 cr. (3+3P)

AGRO 471Plant Mineral Nutrition

3 cr.

BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

E S 370Environmental Soil Science

3 cr.

EPWS 451Special Topics

1-4 cr.

EPWS 481Plant Nematology

3 cr. (2+2P)

GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

4 cr. (3+3P)

SOIL 257Introduction to Weather Science

4 cr. (3+3P)

SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility

3 cr.

TOX 423Environmental Toxicology

3 cr.

OPTION: Pest Biology and Management

This option prepares you for careers such as insect, weed and disease management; in both field and urban environments, including IPM and Sustainable/Organic Techniques research technician; federal and state agencies; border security; agricultural consulting; and extension positions.

Required Courses

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

EPWS 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management

3 cr.

 

EPWS 481Plant Nematology

3 cr. (2+2P)

or

EPWS 462Parasitology

3 cr.

 

EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders

3 cr. (2+3P)

MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

3 cr. (2+2P)

PHYS 110GThe Great Ideas of Physics

4 cr. (3+3P)

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility

3 cr.

TOX 361Basic Toxicology

3 cr.

One course from the following:

BIOL 312Plant Taxonomy

3 cr. (2+3P)

RGSC 357Grass Taxonomy and Identification

3 cr. (1+4P)

RGSC 316Rangeland Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

One course from the following:

EPWS 451Special Topics

1-4 cr.

EPWS 486Plant Virology

3 cr.

AGRO 365Principles of Crop Production

4 cr. (3+3P)

AGRO 471Plant Mineral Nutrition

3 cr.

BIOL 301Principles of Ecology

3 cr.

RGSC 317Rangeland Communities

3 cr.