Plant and Environmental Soil Science - BS, Crops Emphasis

Curriculum in Plant and Environmental Soil Science is administered by the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Students following this curriculum develop and utilize basic scientific knowledge to understand the most fundamental resources—plants, soils, and water—and the interaction of these resources in different environmental settings. The required courses provide an essential foundation in several disciplines, while the elective courses can be selected to meet the interests, needs and objectives of individual students.

Based on professional goals and objectives, students majoring in Plant and Environmental Soil Science will select an emphasis in crops or soil and water. The crops emphasis focuses on the principles of production, management, marketing and use of fiber, forage, grain, biofuel and oilseed crops. The graduate in Plant and Environmental Soil and Science with a crops emphasis may choose a career in: education such as consulting, extension, or public relations, or in production agriculture such as biofuel or seed production, farming, or farm management.

Flexible curricula are provided so that each student, in consultation with their academic advisor, can design a degree program that best serves the student’s career objectives.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
SCSC 205 Problem Solving in Plant and Soil Systems 3
American history 1 3
Communication 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
American history 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
Select one of the following: 3
General Entomology  
Principles of Integrated Pest Management  
Plant Pathology  
Weed Management and Ecology  
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Directed elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
HORT 201 Horticultural Science and Practices 3
Select one of the following: 4
Botany  
Introductory Biology I  
Fundamentals of Chemistry II  
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
College Physics  
Select one of the following: 3
General Entomology  
Principles of Integrated Pest Management  
Plant Pathology  
Weed Management and Ecology  
Creative arts 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
SCSC 301 Soil Science 4
SCSC 307 Crop Biology and Physiology 4
Select one of the following: 4 3
Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
Statistical Methods  
Directed elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
RENR 205
Fundamentals of Ecology
or Forage Ecology and Management
3
SCSC 304 Plant Breeding and Genetics 3
SCSC 309 Water in Soils and Plants 4
Directed elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
SCSC 311 Principles of Crop Production 3
SCSC 402 Crop Stress Management 4
Select from the following: 5 3
Brazilian Agriculture and Food Production Systems  
International Agricultural Research Centers - Mexico  
Internship  
Research  
General elective 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
SCSC 410 International Agricultural Systems 3
SCSC 441 Advances in Agronomic Sciences 3
SCSC 481 Senior Seminar 2
General elective 7
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120