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

Undergraduate students in the Plant Science major at the University of Minnesota with an interest in graduate study in plant breeding and genetics can take advantage of our integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s degree program. This integrated program allows students to work toward a graduate degree while completing their undergraduate program. Students can apply up to 16 credits of coursework during their senior year towards a Master’s degree in Applied Plant Sciences - Plant Breeding and Genetics track.

Eligibility Requirements

Application to the Integrated BS/MS Program is open to Plant Science students who are:

  • within 32 credits of completing the undergraduate degree requirements;
  • have a faculty adviser prior to admission; 
  • are enrolled in the Plant Breeding track in Plant Science; and
  • desire an M.S. in Applied Plant Sciences focused on plant breeding and genetics.

For full information about the Integrated BS/MS Plant Breeding Subplan, see the program description

For questions regarding the Integrated Plant Science BS/MS Track, please contact the track's adviser, Eric Watkins (ewatkins@umn.edu). 

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    Students gardening