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Agriculture and Food Security

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Agriculture and Food Security (120 Hours)

Students in this major are the protectors of the world’s plant-based food supply. The Agriculture and Food Security major prepares students to manage plant pests and diseases from a holistic perspective.

Students learn to understand the complexity of relationships within agricultural ecosystems, how external factors influence these systems, and how to effectively manage pests and diseases without incurring undue risks to human or environmental health. Course offerings begin with a strong scientific base in biology and chemistry, and expand to focus on crop science, soil science, integrated pest management, and plant pathology.

The major is an exciting blend of classroom instruction and field experience that is tailored to the eventual employment goals of the student. Graduates who can evaluate and diagnose pest and plant disease problems and recommend economically and ecologically sound ways to correct them are in great demand. Excellent employment opportunities exist with state, federal, and international agricultural, environmental, and regulatory agencies, agrichemical companies, agricultural and environmental consulting firms, food processing, forest product, and vegetable and seed companies, and a wide range of other agribusiness enterprises.
First Year
First TermHours
ANIM SCI 1013
CHEM 101 [PSCI] or 105 [PSCI]4
ECONS 101 [SSCI]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
HORT / CROP SCI 1023
Second TermHours
[COMM] Course (COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] recommended)3 or 4
CHEM 102 or 1064
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
HORT / CROP SCI 2024
Second Year
First TermHours
AFS 1013
BIOLOGY 107 [BSCI] or 120 [BSCI]4
Diversity [DIVR]3
Humanities [HUM]3
SOIL SCI 2013
Second TermHours
AFS 2013
BIOLOGY 1064
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENTOM 3513
STAT 212 [QUAN]4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
CROP SCI 3053
CROP SCI 3603
ECONS 35013
ENTOM 343 [M]3
Electives3
Second TermHours
AFS Core Systems Elective23
IPM 4523
SOIL SCI/AFS 302 [M]33
Electives6
Fourth Year
First TermHours
AFS 3363
CROP SCI 4033
PL P 3002
PL P 4293
Electives3
Second TermHours
400-500-level Seminar in CAHNRS41
AFS 401 [CAPS]3
SOIL SCI 4413
Electives6

Footnotes
1ECONS 352, which is only offered in the spring, may be used as an alternative for ECONS 350.
2AFS Core Systems Electives: AGTM 310, ANIM SCI 464 [M], 472 [M], 474 [M], BIOLOGY 372 [M], CROP SCI 302, ECONS 351, HORT 320, NATRS 300, SOIL SCI 368, or other systems courses approved by your advisor.
3SOIL SCI 414 and 415 can be taken as an alternative to SOIL SCI 302 [M]. However another [M] course will be required.
4400-500-level Seminar: AGTM 451, CROP SCI/SOIL SCI 412, HORT/VIT ENOL 409, or as approved by advisor.

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