Undergraduate Curriculum

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Undergraduate Curriculum

Agronomy administers two of four options in the undergraduate Plant Science major: Science and Technology and Sustainable Crop Production and Management.

General Education Requirements

Plant Science is a diverse major offered by the departments of Agronomy and Plant Pathology. Various specializations are available. Agronomy administers two of four options in the undergraduate Plant Science major: Science and Technology and Sustainable Crop Production and Management. Students should meet with an undergraduate coordinator as early as possible in their academic careers to discuss the general education requirements listed below.

Plant Science Curriculum
Semester 1 CR Semester 2 CR
Composition (GE) 3 BOT 2011C Plant Diversity (GE-B) 4
MAC 1147 Pre-Calculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (GE-M) 4 Humanities (GE)* 3
BOT 2010C Introductory Botany 1 (GE-B) 3 SPC 2600 Speech 3
Humanities (GE)* 3 Math, Statistics, Computer Science (GE-M)** 3-4
Total 13 Total 13-14
Semester 3 Semester 4
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 and Lab (GE-P) 4 Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-H, S) 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics (GE-S) 3 PHY 2004 and 2004L Physics 1 and Lab (GE-P) 4
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (GE-C) 3 CHM 2046 and CHM 2046L General Chemistry II and lab 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)* 3 Electives 6
Elective 3
Total 16 Total 17
* 6 hours must have an international or diversity focus.

** Select one: MAC 2233, STA 2023 or CGS 2531.

Science and Technology Option

For students interested in a technical career or preparing to attend graduate school. It emphasizes basic science.

Science and Technology Option

Agronomy Department

Semester 5 CR Semester 6 CR
AGR 3005/3005L Principles of Crop Science and Lab 4 AGR 3303 Genetics 3
AGR 3931C Plant Science Information 2 BOT 3503/3503L Phys. and Molec. Biol. of Plants and Lab 5
SOS 3022/3022L Intro Soils in the Environment and Lab 4 CHM 2200 and 2200L Organic Chemistry and Lab* 4
PLP 3002C Fund. of Plant Pathology 4 Electives* 4
Total 14 Total 16
Semester 7 Semester 8
BCH 3025 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 4 AGR 4210 Field Crop Science 3
AGR 4321 Plant Breeding 3 AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 4
PLS 4601C Weed Science 3 Approved electives** 8
Approved communications 3
Approved electives** 2
Total 15 Total 15
* or CHM 2210, CHM 2211, CHM 3211L.

** Approved electives–see adviser for suggested electives consistent with interests and goals.

Sustainable Crop Production and Management Option

For students interested in crop management, consulting and agro-product sales. It emphasizes sustainable prevention techniques and applied crop production and pest management.

Sustainable Crop Production and Management Option

Agronomy Department

Semester 5 CR Semester 6 CR
AGR 3005/3005L Principles of Crop Science and Lab 4 AGR 3303 Genetics 3
PLP 3002C Plant Pathology 4 AGR 4210 Field Crop Science 3
SOS 3022/3022L Intro to Soils in the Environment and Lab 4 AGG 3503 Ag and Environmental Quality 3
BCH 3023 Elem. Organic and Biological Chemistry 3 Approved sustainable agriculture electives 3
Approved electives* 3
Total 15 Total 15
Semester7 Semester 8
PLS 4601C Weed Science 3 AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 4
AGR 4321 Plant Breeding 3 SOS 4115 Fertilizers and Soil Fertility 3
AGR 3931C Plant Science Information 2 Approved electives* 8-15
ENY 3005C Principles of Entomology 4
Approved electives* 3
Total 15 Total 15
* See adviser for suggested electives consistent with the student’s interests and goals.

Two courses offered during the summer are strongly encouraged Applied Field Crop Production (AGR 4214C) and Sustainable Agricultural Systems Analysis (AGR4268C).

Plant Science Minor

Undergraduates whose major is not plant science can minor in plant science. This program is under the direction of the Agronomy Department and requires a minimum of 15 credits. Interested students are encouraged to consult plant science-agronomy advisors early in their academic careers.

Plant Science Minor
AGR 3005 Principles of Crop Science 3
Select two of these six courses for 5-8 credits:

AGR 4210 Field Crop Science

AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management

AGR 4614C Seed Technology

AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production

AGR 5277C Tropical Crops

SOS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment and Lab

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Select one of the following three courses:

AGR 3303 Genetics

AGR 4321 Plant Breeding

AGG 5932 Principles of Genetics

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1-4

Select one of the following three courses:

AGR 5266C Field Plot Techniques

PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science

PLS 5652 Herbicide Technology

The departmental undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Rose Koenig, can provide more information on the options in the Agronomy Specialization.

Careers for Plant Science graduates with an Agronomy option include:

  • Agrobusiness: Agricultural Consultant, Agricultural Finance, Biotechnologist, Commodities Broker, Crop Marketing Specialist, Farm Operation and Management, Fertilizer/Pesticide/Seed Sales, Pest Management Specialist
  • Education: Cooperative Extension, Vocational Agriculture
  • International: Agricultural Missionaries, Non-governmental Organizations, Industrial Representatives, Peace Corps
  • Public Service: Commodity Inspectors, Environmental Regulation, Land Use and Appraisal, Soil and Water Conservation
  • Research: Government Agencies, Private Industry, Universities

About Agronomy at UF:

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