2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Plant Science

Crop and Soil Sciences Major

Program Curriculum 

Degree Core Requirements
ALS 1234CALS First Year Seminar1
ALCE 3634Communicating Ag and Life Sciences in Speaking3
or ALCE 3624 Communicating Ag and Life Sciences in Writing
BIOL 1105Principles of Biology3
BIOL 1106Principles of Biology3
ENSC 1015Foundations of Environmental Science3
HORT/BIOL 2304Plant Biology 13
PPWS 2104 13
PPWS 4104Plant Pathology4
Crop and Soil Sciences Major Requirements
AAEC 2434Foundations of Agribusiness 13
CHEM 1045General Chemistry Laboratory 11
CHEM 1046General Chemistry Laboratory 11
CSES 2444Agronomic Crops3
CSES 3114/GEOS 3614Soils 13
CSES 3124/GEOS 3624Soils Laboratory 11
CSES 4144Plant Breeding and Genetics3
CSES 4214Soil Fertility and Management 13
ENT 4254Insect Pest Management 13
Restricted Electives
Select an Approved Minor or a minimum of 18 credits of the following:18
Personal Financial Planning
Agricultural Production and Consumption Economics 1
Environmental Law
Marketing Agricultural Products 1
Agricultural Law
Ecological Agriculture: Theory and Practice
Principles of Biology
Ecology 1
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Foundations of Precision Agriculture
Agriculture, Global Food Security and Health
Crop Evaluation
Turfgrass Management 1
Soil Description and Interpretation 1
Soil Physical and Hydrological Properties 1
Plant Materials for Environmental Restoration
Soil Microbiology
Soil Genesis and Classification 1
Principles and Practice of Agroforestry
Crop Physiology and Ecology
Forage Crop Ecology
Reclamation of Drastically Disturbed Lands
Wetland Soils and Mitigation 1
Ecological Restoration
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Insects and Human Society
Pesticide Usage 1
Environmental Factors in Horticulture
Plants, Places, and Cultures in a Global Context
Environmental Factors in Horticulture
Weeds That Shape Our World
Plant Problem Diagnosis 1
Biological Invasions 1
Cannabis - Science, Industry, and Culture
World Crops: Food and Culture
Free Electives
Select 13 credit hours of free electives13
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
ENGL 1105First-Year Writing (1F)3
ENGL 1106First-Year Writing (1F)3
Select three credits in Pathway 1a3
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select six credits in Pathway 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
AAEC 1005Economics of the Food and Fiber System3
or ECON 2005 Principles of Economics
Select three credits in Pathway 33
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
CHEM 1035General Chemistry3
CHEM 1036General Chemistry 13
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
MATH 1014Precalculus with Transcendental Functions (5F)3
Select three credits in Pathway 5f3
Select three credits in Pathway 5a3
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select three credits in Pathway 6d3
Select three credits of Pathway 6a3
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
Select three credits of Pathway 7 (may be double-counted with another Pathways concept)3
Total Credits120

Prerequisites: Some courses listed on this checksheet may have pre-/co-requisites; please consult the University Course Catalog or check with your advisor.


Total Hours Required: 120

Approved Minors

  • Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Dairy Science
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Equine Science
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Global Food Security and Health
  • Horticulture
  • International Trade & Development
  • Leadership & Social Change
  • Plant Health Sciences
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Wetland Science

Satisfactory Progress

By the end of the academic year in which the student has attempted 60 credits (including transfer, advanced placement, advanced standing and credit by examination), "satisfactory progress" toward a BS PLSC degree will include:

Passing the following:

GPA Requirements

  • Overall GPA: 2.0 (each semester in order to be in good academic standing)
  • In-major GPA: 2.0 (by the time the student graduates)
    • Includes classes in: CSES, HORT, and PPWS

Language Study Requirement

Students who do not complete two years of a single foreign or classical language or American Sign Language in high school, may do so by taking six credits of college-level foreign or classical language or American Sign Language. The six credits used to meet this requirement may not be used to satisfy the minimum number of credits required for graduation.