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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2003
End Date: Spring Semester 2008

Agroecology - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (AGECO)

The coordinator position will rotate between faculty members in the Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology

Agroecology is concerned with the principles and practices applicable to the management of plant agroecosystems. There are two options: Integrated Crop Management (ICM) or Plant Science. Education in the Integrated Crop Management option emphasizes the principles of plant and soil management and the basic sciences upon which these principles are based. The Plant Science option requires additional emphasis in the basic sciences (mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biotechnology). The opportunity is available in either option to specialize in agronomy with emphasis on agronomic crops and conservation of soils; or horticulture with emphasis on horticultural crops; or entomology with emphasis on insects and their impact on the ecosystem; or plant pathology with emphasis on plant diseases. Students must develop, communicate, and apply technical information about plants, soils, environment, and production practices for food, feed, fiber, or ornamental crops. Business management skills can be developed by appropriate course selection in the ICM option.

Graduates in Agroecology have a wide choice of careers. Over 90% get jobs in service to the agricultural industry as farm managers, farm chemical and fertilizer store managers, sales representatives, field and laboratory technicians, crop management consultants, extension agents, soil and water conservationists and inspectors for various state and federal regulatory agencies. Some may return to the farm and become producers of farm products.

Those students who anticipate enrollment in graduate school should elect the Plant Science option while those preparing to enter the profession with a B.S. degree should select the Integrated Crop Management option.

For the B.S. degree in Agroecology, a minimum of 130 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1-4 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 108-111 credits
(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 67-68 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (51 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 220 GN(4)[1], BIOL 222 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], PHIL 010 GH(3), PHIL 104 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CMPSC 203 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
SOILS 101 GN(3)[1](Sem: 3-4)
AGESS 201(3), AGESS 460(3), AGECO 461(3) (Sem: 3-8)
AGRO 410W(4), AGRO 438A(5) (Sem: 5-8)
PPATH 405(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16-17 credits)
AG BM 101 GS(3) or ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 202(3) or CHEM 210(4) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140B GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
AGRO 028(3)[1] or HORT 101(3)[1](Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 41-43 credits

INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT OPTION: (41 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (14 credits)
BIOL 127 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
AG ED 440(3) (Sem: 3-6)
AGECO 295(2), AGECO 495(2), AGECO 490(1) (Sem: 3-8)
SOILS 402(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
AGRO 423(3) and AGRO 425(3); or HORT 202(3) and HORT 315(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 6 credits from insect biology and pest management (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits from business-related course list (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits from general course list (Sem: 3-8)

PLANT SCIENCE OPTION: (43 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (26 credits)
CHEM 113B(1), MATH 141B GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 230W GN(4), B M B 251(3) (Sem: 5-6)
AGECO 495(2), AGECO 490(1), PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
STAT 250(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (17 credits)
Select 6 credits from insect biology and pest management (Sem: 5-6)
Select 11 credits from department science option list (Sem: 3-8)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-05-001

Review Date: 6/14/07

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06

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