Agroecology

Agroecology

Focus on the interaction of plants with their environment. Study soils, plant physiology and ecology.

  • AGRO 1103: Crops, Environment and Society (4 cr)
  • AGRO 2022: Growth and Development of Minnesota Crop Plants (1 cr)
  • AGRO 3203W: Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (3 cr)
     if not used for Interdisciplinary Learning course
  • AGRO 3305: Agroecosystems of the World (3 cr)
  • AGRO 3660: Plant Genetic Resources: Identification, Conservation, and Utilization (3 cr)
  • AGRO 4105: Crop Management Field School (1 cr)
  • AGRO 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3 cr)
  • AGRO 4605: Strategies for Agricultural Production and Management (3 cr)
  • CHEM 1062: Chemistry Principles II (3 cr)
  • CHEM 1066: Chemistry Principles II lab (1 cr)
  • CHEM 2301: Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
  • ENT 3925: Insects, Aquatic Habitats, and Pollution (3 cr)
  • ESPM 3108: Ecology of Managed Systems (3 cr)
  • ESPM 5071 / HORT 5071: Ecological Restoration (4 cr)
  • PLPA 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
  • PLSC 3002: Seed Science, Technology, and Society (2 cr)

Agronomy Production

Agronomy Production

Focus on plant growth and sustainability of agronomic (grain) crops.

  • AGRO 1103: Crops, Environment, and Society (4 cr)
  • AGRO 2022: Growth and Development of Minnesota Crop Plants (1 cr)
  • AGRO 2501: Plant Identification for Urban and Rural Landscapes (1 cr)
  • AGRO 3305: Agroecosystems of the World (3 cr)
  • AGRO 4093: Special Topics (Field School Course) (1 cr)
  • AGRO 4015: Functional Crop Diversity (1 cr)
  • AGRO 4105: Crop Management Field School (1 cr)
  • AGRO 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3 cr)
  • AGRO 4605: Management Strategies for Crop Production (3 cr)
  • CFANS 3001: Pests and Crop Production (3 cr)
  • CHEM 1062: Chemical Principles II (3 cr)
  • CHEM 1066: Chemical Principles II Lab (1 cr)
  • ENT 1005: Insect Biology (4 cr)
  • PLPA 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
  • PLSC 3002: Seed Science, Technology, and Society (2 cr)
  • SOIL 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)
  • SOIL 4111: Introduction to Precision Agriculture (3 cr)

Horticultural Production

Horticultural Production

Focus on plant growth and sustainability of horticultural crops (conventional and/or organic systems).

  • AGRO 3203W: Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (3 cr)
    if not used for Interdisciplinary Learning course
  • AGRO 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3 cr)
  • AGRO 4605: Management Strategies for Crop Production (3 cr)
  • AGRO 4888: Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (2 cr)
  • ENT 1005: Insect Biology (4 cr)
  • HORT 1014: Edible Landscape (3 cr)
  • HORT 3131: Student Organic Farm Planning, Growing, and Marketing (3 cr)
  • PLPA 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
  • SOIL 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)

Nursery and Floriculture

Nursery and Floriculture

Study how to manage the growth of ornamental and edible plants in nurseries, greenhouses and botanical gardens.

  • ENT 4021: Honey Bees and Insect Societies (3 cr)
  • FNRM 3501: Arboriculture: Selection & Maintenance of Trees (3 cr)
  • HORT 4110: Spring Flowering Bulbs (1 cr)
    or HORT 4111: Prairie Perennials and Grasses (1 cr)
    or HORT 4112: Flowering Trees and Shrubs (1 cr)
    or HORT 4113: Identifying Plants for the Home and Garden: Garden, Annual, and Potted Plants (1 cr)
  • HORT 4141W: Scheduling Crops for Protected Environments (4 cr)
  • HORT 5031: Organic Viticulture & Fruit Production (3 cr)
  • HORT 5023: Public Garden Mgmt (2 cr)
  • PLPA 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
  • SOIL 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)

Plant Breeding

Plant Breeding

Study how to develop new cultivars of agronomic and horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers, turf, trees/shrubs) through standard propagation and through biotechnology and molecular biology.

  • AGRO 1103: Crops, Environment, and Society (4 cr)
  • AGRO 2022: Growth and Development of Minnesota Crop Plants (1 cr)
  • AGRO 3660: Plant Genetic Resources: Identification, Conservation, & Utilization (3 cr)
    — assuming took HORT 4401 for core
  • AGRO 4097: Undergraduate Research Thesis (1 cr)
  • AGRO 4105: Crop Management Field School (1 cr)
  • AGRO 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3 cr)
  • AGRO 5431: Applied Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics (3 cr)
  • BIOL 4003: Genetics (3 cr)
  • CHEM 1062: Chemistry Principles II (3 cr)
  • CHEM 1066: Chemistry Principles II lab (1 cr)
  • CHEM 2301: Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
  • HORT 4071W: Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement (4 cr)
    — assuming took HORT 4401 for core
  • HORT 5007: Advanced Plant Propagation (3 cr)
  • PLPA 5301: Large Scale Omic Data in Plant Biology (3 cr)
  • PLSC 3002: Seed Science, Technology, and Society (2 cr)

Sustainable Plant Health

Sustainable Plant Health

Study the needs of plants in relation to nutrients, pathogens and insects.

  • AGRO 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3 cr)
  • ENT 1005: Insect Biology (4 cr)
  • ENT 5341: Biological Control of Insects & Weeds (3 cr)
  • HORT 4850: Pollinator Protection in Managed Landscapes (3 cr)
  • PLPA 2001: Intro Plant Pathology (3cr)
    or PLPA 5480: Principles of Plant Pathology (3 cr)
  • PLPA 3003: Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees (3 cr)
  • PLPA 5660: Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3 cr)
  • SOIL 3416: Plant Nutrients in the Environment (3 cr)
    or ESPM 3612W: Soil and Environmental Biology (3 cr)

Turfgrass Science

Turfgrass Science

Focus on plant physiology and the management of home lawns, parks, athletic fields and golf courses.

  • AGRO 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3 cr)
  • ENT 4015: Ornamentals and Turf Entomology (3 cr)
  • HORT 3480: Topics in Turfgrass (1 – 4 cr)
  • HORT 4061W: Turfgrass Management (3 cr)
  • HORT 4062: Turfgrass Weed and Disease Science (3 cr)
  • HORT 4063: Turfgrass Science (3 cr)
  • HORT 4141W: Scheduling Crops for Protected Environments (4 cr)
  • PLPA 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
  • SOIL 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)

Integrated Plant Science BS/MS Subplan

Integrated Plant Science BS/MS Subplan

For students interested in an integrated Bachelor of Science (BS) in Plant Science and a Master of Science (MS) in Applied Plant Sciences (Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics track).

  • The integrated BS/MS program offers students the opportunity to earn both degrees in approximately five years.
  • Plant Science undergraduate students in the Plant Breeding track are welcome to apply to this program during their third year of study.
  • During the fourth year, students take undergraduate and graduate courses concurrently and are advised by both undergraduate and graduate program advisors.
  • Students must complete the 120 undergraduate credits required for a BS degree in Plant Science and be awarded their undergraduate degree by the end of their fourth year.
  • During the fourth and fifth years, students will complete 30 graduate credits as well as a Plan A or Plan B research project with a final oral defense as required for the Applied Plant Sciences MS degree.
  • Students cannot count credits twice to meet requirements for the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • For a complete description and program requirements, view the subplan.

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