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(Archive) AGROECOSYSTEMS SCIENCE (AGESS)

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Agroecosystems Science (AGESS) - (ARCHIVE)

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

Agroecosystems science 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 Agroecosystems Science 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 Agroecosystems Science, a minimum of 130 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(27 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 0-2 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], 220 GN(4)[1], 222 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], 013 GN(3)[1], 014 GN(1), PHIL 010 GH(3), 104 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CMPSC 203 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
SOILS 101(3)[1](Sem: 3-4)
AGESS 201(3), 460(3), 461(3) (Sem: 3-8)
AGRO 410W(4), 438A(5) (Sem: 5-8)
PPATH 405(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16-17 credits)
AG EC 101 GQ(3) or ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 034(3) or 038(4) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or 140B GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
AGRO 028(3)[1] or HORT 101(3)[1](Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 41-43 credits

INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT OPTION: 41 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (14 credits)
BIOL 027 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
AG ED 440(3) (Sem: 3-6)
AGESS 295(2), 495(2), 490(1) (Sem: 3-8)
SOILS 402(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
AGRO 423(3) and 425(3); or HORT 202(3) and 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 015B(1), MATH 141B GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 230W GN(4), B M B 251(3) (Sem: 5-6)
AGESS 490(1), 495(2), PHYS 215 GN(4), 265 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.


The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1998

Blue Sheet Item #: 25-05-001

Review Date: 6/7/99 (General Education Update)

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