Plant and Soil Systems

Areas of Concentration

Crop Science

Crop Science focuses on the study of food and fiber production with emphasis on crop physiology, crop pests, genetics, soil science, economics and experimental statistics. The concentration provides a good background of basic sciences for students who wish to pursue graduate studies. Students in this major receive a broad education that prepares them for a variety of career paths. 

Career Possibilities: crop scientist, consultant, extension and state regulatory agencies, farm manager, landscape manager, nursery manager, plant breeder, soil scientist, public health, graduate or professional school.


Semester 1

CRITICAL: BIOL 1201, ENGL 1001, MATH 1021. 
ENGL 1001 English Composition (3) 
BIOL 1201 Biology for Science Majors I (3) 
General Education course - Arts (3) 
General Education course – Humanities (3) 
MATH 1021 College Algebra (3) 
BIOL 1208 Biology Laboratory for Science Majors I (1)

Total Semester Hours: 16 

Semester 2

CRITICAL: BIOL 1202, CHEM 1201.
BIOL 1202 Biology for Science Majors II (3)
BIOL 1209 Biology Laboratory for Science Majors II (1)
CHEM 1201 General Chemistry I (3)
MATH 1022 Plane Trigonometry (3)
General Education course - Humanities (3)
General Education course – Social Sciences (3)

Total Semester Hours: 16

Semester 3

CRITICAL: CHEM 1202.
ENTM 2001 Insects in the Environment (3)
EXST 2201 Statistical Analysis (4)
CHEM 1202 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 1212 General Chemistry II Lab (2)
AGRO 2025 Introduction to Crop Science (3)

Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 4

CRITICAL: BIOL 1202; CHEM 2261.
AGRO 2051 Soil Science (4)
CHEM 2060 Survey of Organic Chemistry (3) or
CHEM 2261 Organic Chemistry (3)
CMST 2060 Public Speaking (3)
ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
BIOL 2051 General Microbiology (4)

Total Semester Hours: 17

Semester 5

AGRO 3040 Soil Conservation (2)
AGRO 3025 Principles of Crop Production (3)
BIOL 2083 The Elements of Biochemistry (3)
BIOL 3060 Introductory Plant Physiology (4) or
PLHL 3060 Introductory Plant Physiology (4) or
HORT 2860 Growth and Development of Agricultural Crops (3)
PLHL 4000 General Plant Pathology (4)

 Total Semester Hours: 15-16

Semester 6

ANSC 2072 Introduction to Agricultural Genetics (3) or
BIOL 2153 Principles of Genetics (4)
AGRO 3010 Research Problems (3) or
AGRO 3090 Agronomic Internship (3)
PLHL 4001 Introduction to Agricultural Economics (3)
AGEC 2003 Introduction to Agricultural Economics or
ECON 2030 Economic Principles (3)

 Total Semester Hours: 12-13

Semester 7

AGRO 4052 Soil Fertility and Soil Management (4)
AGRO 4078 Land Use Planning and Land Management (3)
ENTM 4006 Fundamentals of Applied Entomology (3)
AGRO 4064 Plant Breeding (4)

Total Semester Hours: 14

Semester 8

AGRO 4070 Weed Science and the Environment (3)
Approved Electives (10-12) 1

Total Semester Hours: 13-15

 120 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 

1 A list of approved electives is available in the School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences