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    Plant Science

    Plant science is a diverse major offered collaboratively by the departments of Agronomy, Entomology and Nematology, Environmental Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Soil and Water Sciences. Students may earn B.S. or B.A. degrees, depending on their specialization. B.S. specializations include Native Plant Conservation, General Plant Science, Greenhouse and Landscape Industries, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Health and Protection, Soil Management and Plant Productivity, Sustainable Crop Production and Turfgrass Science. The B.A. specialization is Community Food Systems.

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

    The plant science degree offers diverse specializations that provide a wide range of professional opportunities. The specializations provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective of these areas and pursue coursework that tracks them into a variety of job opportunities.

    The University of Florida offers some of the specializations in this major to transfer students who have the appropriate credentials through the statewide programs at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Ft. Lauderdale, the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, or the West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton.


    Transfer Requirements
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    Course Requirements

    The B.S. degree is designed for students with different professional objectives. All students, regardless of degree or specialization, are required to take an introductory plant science course, an introductory statistics course, an economics course, a technical writing course, a speech course, a soil science course, a plant physiology course, a plant pathology course, a professional development course, and a capstone experience course. All students must also complete an internship related to their area of interest.

    The B.A. degree is designed for students who want to learn about contemporary food systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. All students are required to take an introductory plant science course, a capstone experience course, and must complete an internship related to their area of interest.

    Each specialization has a specific set of required core courses and a number of upper-division electives to choose from that represent important interdisciplinary topic areas. Core courses provide students with the knowledge and fundamental concepts essential to the specialization. Upper-division electives are designed to build knowledge, competency and skills applicable to professional development.

    Students should meet with an advisor as early as possible in their academic careers to choose their specialization and to plan their course of study.

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    Bachelor of Science: General Plant Science

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization focuses on the biology and science of growing plants. It combines courses in propagation, plant identification and use, soils and plant nutrition, plant diseases, weed identification, and insects to give students a well-rounded background on plant management. This specialization develops skills that allow students to increase plant productivity and improve plant quality with less labor while controlling pests and weeds safely and effectively. Career opportunities include research and development, plant management, plant production, and preparation for graduate school. Employment opportunities exist in laboratories, government agencies, and commercial operations.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits,
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2
    GE-B
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Applied Physics Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science
    GE-B/P
    3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    ORH 3513 Environmental Plant Identification and Use, 2 credits, and
    ORH 3513L Environmental Plant Identification and Use Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 4
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
    Approved elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops or
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology
    3
    Approved electives 9
    Total 12
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    Approved electives 11
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    ORH 4933 Professional Seminar
    1
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved electives 11
    Total 15
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 34 credits

    Choose courses from the focus areas below. Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Entomology and Pest Management Credits
    AOM 3333 Pesticide Application Techniques 3
    ENY 3510C Turf and Ornamental Entomology 3
    ENY 4161 Insect Classification 3
    ENY 4573 Beekeeping 3
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
    IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf 3
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
    Plants and Soils Credits
    BOT 2710C Practical Plant Taxonomy 3
    BOT 3503 Physiology & Molecular Biology of Plants 3
    BOT 4650 Plant Symbiosis 3
    BOT 4935/BOT 5225C Plant Anatomy 4
    BSC 2862 Global Change Ecology and Sustainability 3
    ORH 3222C Turfgrass Culture 4
    ORH 3253C Introductory Nursery Management 4
    ORH 4236C Ornamental Landscape Management 3
    ORH 4242C Arboriculture 4
    ORH 4256 Nutritional Management of Nursery Crops 3
    ORH 4264 Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Culture 4
    ORH 4280 Orchidology 3
    ORH 4804 Annual and Perennial Gardening and
    ORH 4804L Annual and Perennial Gardening Laboratory
    3
    ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment 2
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops 4
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management 3
    Agribusiness Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 3341 Selling Strategically 3
    AEB 4424 Human Resource Management 3
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    Bachelor of Science: Greenhouse and Landscape Industries

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization provides skills and training for employment in the diverse ornamental horticulture industry, including theme parks, plant production facilities, and landscape management and landscape design firms. It studies the improvement of the human environment through proper selection, propagation, production, and placement of plants in the exterior and interior landscapes. It also combines business and plant production courses to provide the skills needed to manage a plant production facility or landscape firm.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    3​
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR

    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    3​
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management or
    AEB 3341 Selling Strategically or
    AEB 4424 Human Resource Management
    3
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Applied Physics Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    4
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P

    4
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use 3
    ORH 3253C Introduction to Nursery Management, 3 credits, or
    ORH 4236C Ornamental Landscape Management, 4 credits
    3-4
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 4
    Total 13-14
    Semester 6 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    AGR 4512 Crop Ecology and Physiology or
    HOS 4304 Horticulture Physiology
    3
    Approved electives 9
    Total 15
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
    Approved electives 9
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    ORH 4933 Professional Seminar 1
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved electives 10
    Total 14
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 28 credits

    Choose courses from the areas below and focus electives toward a specific minor or area of expertise. An advisor can help establish a plan for these electives. For a broader program, choose a minimum of three credits from each area. Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Entomology and Pest Management Credits
    AOM 3333 Pesticide Application Techniques 3
    ENY 3510C Turf and Ornamental Entomology 3
    ENY 4161 Insect Classification 3
    ENY 4573 Beekeeping 3
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
    IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf 3
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
    Plants and Soils Credits
    AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices for Florida 3
    EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration 4
    LDE 3401C Residential Landscape Design 3
    LDE 4404C Advanced Residential Landscape Design 3
    ORH 2752 Sensory Gardens 3
    ORH 3222C Turfgrass Culture 4
    ORH 3253C Introductory Nursery Management 4
    ORH 3773 Public Gardens, 2 credits, and
    ORH 3773L Public Gardens Laboratory, 2 credits
    4
    ORH 3815C Florida Native Landscaping 3
    ORH 4223 Golf and Sports Turf Management 2
    ORH 4236C Ornamental Landscape Management 3
    ORH 4242C Arboriculture 4
    ORH 4256 Nutritional Management of Nursery Crops 3
    ORH 4264 Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Culture 4
    ORH 4280 Orchidology 3
    ORH 4804 Annual and Perennial Gardening, 2 credits, and
    ORH 4804L Annual and Perennial Gardening Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    ​ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment ​2
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation 4
    PLS 4601 Principles of Weed Science 3
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management 3
    WIS 4443C Wetland Wildlife Ecology 4
    Agribusiness Credits
    ​AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management ​3
    AEB 3144 Introduction to Agricultural Finance 3
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing 3
    ​AEB 3341 Selling Strategically ​3
    AEB 4424 Human Resource Management​ ​3
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    Bachelor of Science: Native Plant Conservation

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization prepares students to apply concepts of plant conservation and ecology to control invasive plants and establish, manage, and protect native plant communities, primarily in natural areas. Students also develop skills necessary for native plant propagation for ecological restoration and sustainable landscapes.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM 2046/2046L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits,
    OR
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management 3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    BOT 3151C Local Flora of North Florida 3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use
    GE-B/P
    3
    PCB 2441 Biological Invaders
    GE-B/P
    3
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology
    GE-B/P
    4
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science
    GE-B/P
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration 4
    ORH 4933 Professional Development 1
    PCB 3601C Plant Ecology 3
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    4
    Total 12
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops or
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology
    3
    ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment 2
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
    PLS 4613 Aquatic Weed Control 3
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    PCB 4043C General Ecology 4
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved electives 5
    Total 15
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 5 credits

    Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Courses Credits
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality 3
    ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology 3
    ALS 4154 Global Agroecosystems 3
    AOM 3333 Pesticide Application 3
    BOT 2710C Practical Plant Taxonomy 3
    BOT 3503 Physiology & Molecular Biology of Plants 3
    BOT 4650 Plant Symbiosis 3
    BOT 4935/BOT 5225C Plant Anatomy 4
    BSC 2862 Global Change Ecology and Sustainability 3
    EES 4050 Environmental Planning and Design 3
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology 2
    EVS 3000 Environmental Science 3
    ​FOR 3214 Fire in Natural Areas Management 2​
    FOR 4110 Ecology and Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystems 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    FOR 4090C Urban Forestry 3
    GIS 4121 Geospatial Analysis 3
    LDE 3401C Residential Landscape Design 3
    LDE 4404C Advanced Residential Landscape Design 3
    ORH 3815C Florida Native Landscaping 3
    ORH 4932 Hydroponic Systems 2
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops 4
    STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 3
    SWS 4244 Wetlands 3
    SWS 4720C GIS in Soil and Water Science 3
    SWS 4800 Environmental Soil and Water Monitoring Techniques 3
    WIS 3402 Wildlife of Florida 3
    WIS 4203C Introduction to Landscape Ecology 3
    WIS 4427C Habitat Management 3
    WIS 4934 Wetland Management and Research Techniques 3
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    Bachelor of Science: Plant Breeding and Genetics

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Plant breeding and genetics play a critical role in enhancing the world's future food, fiber, and fuel supplies in response to challenges like climate change and population growth. Students will obtain a solid grounding in genetics and molecular genetics, plant processes and function, types and causes of plant stress and learn how this is applied for crop improvement and conservation of genetic resources. Modern plant breeding is an increasingly sophisticated, high-investment business. The majority of commercial plant breeding takes place within the private sector. Plant breeders are employed in plant breeding or agricultural biotechnology companies or academic institutions with the main goal to develop improved varieties or educate the general population about genetic techniques for plant improvement.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM2046/2046L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    ​4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    ​3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    ​3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics 3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    Approved elective 3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
    5
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Ethical and Social Issues elective 3
    Production Agriculture elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 4320 Plant Breeding 3
    BCH 3025 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or
    BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    4
    MCB 3020 Basic Biology of Microorganisms, 3 credits, and
    MCB 3020L Basic Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    Molecular Biology and Genetics elective 3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 4
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Molecular Biology and Genetics elective 3
    Production Agriculture elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    AGR 4304 Plant Chromosomes and Genomes 3
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops 3
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    ORH 4933 Professional Seminar 1
    Total 13
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 21 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Molecular Biology and Genetics: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    HOS 3305 Introduction to Plant Molecular Biology 3
    HOS 4313C Laboratory Methods in PMCB 2
    MCB 4304 Genetics of Microorganisms 3
    MCB 4320C The Microbiome 3
    MCB 5305L Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory 3
    PCB 4522 Molecular Genetics 3
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    Production Agriculture: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AGR 4212 Alternative Cropping Systems 3
    AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production 3
    AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 4
    AGR 4932 Tropical Cropping Systems 3
    AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida 3
    AOM 4434 Precision Agriculture 3
    AOM 4455 Agricultural Operations and Systems 3
    HOS 3281C Organic and Sustainable Production 3
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production 3
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops 4
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
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    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality 3
    ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology 3
    ALS 4154 Global Agroecosystems 3
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology 2
    EVS 3000 Environmental Science 3
    PCB 3601C Plant Ecology 3
    PCB 4043C General Ecology 4
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    Ethical and Social Issues: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law 3
    AGG 3501 Environment, Food, and Society 3
    IDS 2154 Facets of Sustainability 3
    PHM 3032 Ethics and Ecology 3
    POT 3503 Environmental Ethics and Politics 3
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    Other Advisor-Approved Elective(s): Minimum 3 credits

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    Bachelor of Science: Plant Health and Protection

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization is for students who want to pursue careers related to plant health management in the public or private sector. It prepares students for entry into the workplace in insect and disease control, plant diagnostics, crop production management, plant pathology and entomology research, plant growth consulting, integrated pest management, cooperative extension or to pursue advanced degrees in plant pathology, entomology, plant medicine, or other related disciplines.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM 2046/2046L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    ​3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR

    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    ​3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P

    4
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    Approved elective 3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    BOT 2710C Practical Plant Taxonomy or
    BOT 3151C Local Flora of North Florida or
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use
    3
    CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 4
    Approved elective 3
    Total 13
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics 3
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
    ORH 4256 Nutritional Management of Nursery Crops or
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management
    3
    Approved electives 6
    Total 15
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    Entomology elective 3
    Plant Pathology elective 3
    Approved electives 8
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    AGR 4512 Crop Ecology and Physiology or
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology
    3
    ORH 4933 Professional Seminar 1
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved elective 2
    Total 15
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 22 credits

    In addition to the Plant Pathology elective and the Entomology elective in Semester 7, there are 22 additional elective credits to be completed. Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Plant Pathology: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    PLP 3103C Plant Disease Control 3
    PLP 4104 Applied Disease Management 3
    PLP 4222C Introduction to Plant Virology 3
    PLP 4242C Introduction to Plant Bacteriology 3
    PLP 4260C Introduction to Plant Pathogenic Fungi 3
    PLP 4653C Basic Fungal Biology 3
    PLP 4905 Applied Disease Management 3
    PLP 4931 Undergraduate seminar 1
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    Entomology: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology 3
    ALS 4161 Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues 3
    ALS 4162 Consequences of Biological Invasions 3
    ALS 4163 Challenges in Plant Resource Protection 3
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    ENY 3510C Turf and Ornamental Entomology 3
    ENY 4161 Insect Classification 3
    ENY 4573 Beekeeping 3
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
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    Ethical and Social Issues: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law 3
    AGG 3501 Food, Environment & Society 3
    IDS 2154 Facets of Sustainability 3
    PHM 3032 Ethics and Ecology 3
    POT 3503 Environmental Ethics and Politics 3
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    Microbiology and Molecular Biology: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4
    CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
    5
    HOS 3305 Introduction to Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology 3
    HOS 4313C Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology 2
    MCB 3020 Basic Biology of Microorganisms, 3 credits, and
    MCB 3020L Laboratory for Basic Biology of Microorganisms, 1 credit
    4
    MCB 4304 Genetics of Microorganisms 3
    MCB 4320C The Microbiome 3
    PCB 4522 Molecular Genetics 3
    SWS 4303C Soil Microbial Ecology 3
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    Production Agriculture: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 3122 Financial Planning for Agribusiness 3
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 4342 Agribusiness and Food Marketing Management 3
    AGR 4212 Alternative Cropping Systems 3
    AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production 3
    AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 3
    AGR 4932 Tropical Cropping Systems 3
    AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida 3
    AOM 4434 Precision Agriculture 3
    AOM 4455 Agricultural Operations and Systems 3
    HOS 3281C Organic and Sustainable Crop Production 3
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production 3
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops 4
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
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    Other Approved Electives

    Courses Credits
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    4
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    Bachelor of Science: Soil Management and Plant Productivity

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization closely integrates the study of soil science core disciplines with production agriculture and horticulture. Coursework focuses on foundational principles related to soil health, productivity, and fertility in relation to sustainable plant growth and agricultural practices. Among the principal outcomes of the program is to prepare students for certification as both Associate Professional Soil Scientists and Certified Crop Advisors to better position graduates for employment in related fields.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM 2046/2046L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    ​3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    ​3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    GE-B/P

    4
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P

    4
    Approved electives 6
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    Approved elective 3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 4
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management 3
    Approved elective 3
    Total 13
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production 3
    SWS 4303C Soil Microbial Ecology 3
    SWS 4715C Environmental Pedology 4
    Approved electives 6
    Total 16
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    SWS 4451 Soil and Water Chemistry 3
    SWS 4602C Soil Physics 3
    Approved electives 6
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    AGR 4512 Crop Ecology and Physiology or
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology
    3
    ORH 4933 Professional Seminar 1
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved elective 3
    Total 13
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 27 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Soils, Agriculture, and the Environment: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    ALS 4154 Global Agroecosystems 3
    SWS 4207 Sustainable Agricultural and Urban Land Management 3
    SWS 4231C Soil, Water, and Land Use 3
    SWS 4233 Soil and Water Conservation 3
    SWS 4720C GIS in Soil and Water Science 3
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    Plant Pests, Disease, and Pathology: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AOM 3333 Pesticide Application 3
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
    PLP 3103C Plant Disease Control 3
    PLP 4242C Bacterial Plant Pathogens 3
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
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    Production Agriculture and Management: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 4
    AGR 4320 Plant Breeding 3
    AGR 4932 Tropical Cropping Systems 3
    AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida 3
    AOM 4434 Precision Agriculture 3
    AOM 4455 Agricultural Operations and Systems 3
    HOS 4341 Advanced Horticultural Physiology 3
    ORH 4256 Nutritional Management of Nursery Crops 3
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    Organic and Alternative Agriculture: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    AGR 4212 Alternative Cropping Systems 3
    HOS 3281C Organic and Sustainable Crop Production 3
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production 3
    HOS 4905 Organic Weed Management 3
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    Agribusiness: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 3122 Financial Planning for Agribusiness 3
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 4342 Agribusiness and Food Marketing Management 3
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    Other Advisor-Approved Elective(s): Minimum 3 credits

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    Bachelor of Science: Sustainable Crop Production

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization prepares students for professions related to crop production and management. Students will explore and understand production practices that meet present world food needs without compromising quality of life for future generations. Courses emphasize crop ecosystem function, aquatic and terrestrial weed management, the importance of insects to crops and optimizing management techniques including energy utilization, nutrient management, and soil and water conservation.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    ​3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR

    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    ​3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics 3
    ALS 2410 Challenge 2050 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P

    4
    Approved elective 3
    Total 13
    Summer Credits
    Approved elective 3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
    ​PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology
    GE-B/P
    4​
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Approved elective 3
    Total 13
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGG 3501 Environment Food & Society 3
    AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production 3
    Approved electives 8
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
    Approved electives 9
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    AGR 4212 Alternative Cropping Systems 3
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops or
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology
    3
    ORH 4933 Professional Development 1
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved elective 3
    Total 16
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 29 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Plant Production and Management: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 4
    AGR 4932 Tropical Cropping Systems 3
    AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida 3
    AOM 4434 Precision Agriculture 3
    AOM 4455 Agricultural Operations and Systems 3
    HOS 3281C Organic and Sustainable Crop Production 3
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production 3
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    Management and Sales: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 3122 Financial Planning in Agribusiness 3
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing 3
    AEB 3341 Strategic Selling 3
    AEB 4424 Human Resource Management in Agribusiness 3
    FIN 3403 Business Finance 4
    MAR 3231 Introduction to Retail Systems Management 4
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    Plant Pest Management: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    ENY 4905 Invasive Species 3
    HOS 4905 Organic Weed Management 3
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
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    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality 3
    ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology 3
    ALS 4154 Global Agroecosystems 3
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology 2
    EVS 3000 Environmental Science 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    FOR 4090C Urban Forestry 3
    ORH 3815C Florida Native Landscaping 3
    SWS 4244 Wetlands 3
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management 3
    WIS 3402 Wildlife of Florida 3
    WIS 4203C Introduction to Landscape Ecology 3
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    Ethical and Social Issues: Minimum 5 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law 3
    IDS 2154 Facets of Sustainability 3
    PHM 3032 Ethics and Ecology 3
    POT 3503 Environmental Ethics and Politics 3
    PUP 3204 Politics and Ecology 3
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    Bachelor of Science: Turfgrass Science

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization combines the study of grasses, soils, water, and pests affecting turf with the study of business and management. Career opportunities include work with golf courses, sports turf facilities, lawn-care companies, parks, agrichemical industries, cemeteries, environmental consulting firms, sod farms, government agencies, and preparation for graduate school.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; ECO 2013; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    3-4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR6
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    MUL 2010 Experiencing Music
    State Core GE-H; N
    ​3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR

    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    GE-C; WR6
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    ​3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877
    GE-S; D
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    ALS 3133 Agriculture and Environmental Quality 3
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Applied Physics Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P

    4
    Agribusiness elective 3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology, 2 credits, and
    ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory, 1 credit (GEB/P)
    OR
    ENY 3510C Turf and Ornamental Entomology
    3
    Elective
    WR6
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 5 Credits
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
    ORH 3222C Turfgrass Culture 4
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use 3
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Total 13
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops or
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology
    3
    ORH 4223 Golf and Sports Turf Management 2
    ORH 4236C Ornamental Landscape Management 3
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management 3
    Agribusiness elective 3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    AEB 4126 Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics
    GE-H or S; WR6
    3
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 4
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
    Agribusiness elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    ORH 4933 Professional Development 1
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved elective 4
    Pest Management electives 6
    Total 14
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 19 credits

    Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Pest Management: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AOM 3333 Pesticide Application Techniques 3
    ENY 4161 Insect Classification 3
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
    IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf 3
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
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    Professional Electives: Minimum 4 credits

    Courses Credits
    AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices for Florida 3
    ORH 4242C Arboriculture 4
    ORH 4804 Annual and Perennial Gardening, 2 credits, and
    ORH 4804L Annual and Perennial Gardening Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment 2
    ORH 4905 Independent Study 1-3
    WIS 4443C Wetland Wildlife Resources 3
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    Agribusiness: Minimum 9 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 3144 Introduction to Agricultural Finance 3
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing 3
    AEB 3341 Selling Strategically 3
    AEB 4424 Human Resource Management 3
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    Bachelor of Arts: Community Food Systems

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization is for students who want to learn about contemporary food systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will learn about different food production systems and their ecological and environmental impacts and services, including consideration of political, economic, ethical, social and cultural aspects of food systems. Graduates could work in community or government food-based programs, urban agriculture and the food industry.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023; BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 1030; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany, 3 credits
    OR

    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    3-4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Physical or Biological Science
    State Core GE-B/P
    2
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    ​3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    OR

    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3​
    ESC 1000 Introduction to Earth Science or
    GEO 2200 Physical Geography or
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 or
    PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics or
    SWS 2007 The World of Water
    GE-P
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You, 3 credits, or
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics, 4 credits, or
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 credits
    GE-S
    3-4
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    WR
    3
    CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 1
    GE-P
    3
    HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3
    Humanities (GE-H) or
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
    3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    CHM 1031 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 2
    GE-B/P
    3
    ESC 1000 Introduction to Earth Science or
    GEO 2200 Physical Geography or
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 or
    PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics or
    SWS 2007 The World of Water
    GE-P
    3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    ​3
    Elective​ ​2
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    FYC 3001 Principles of Family, Youth and Community Sciences 3
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Cultural and Social Issues elective 3
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Ethics elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment 3
    Business and Organizational Management elective 3
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Economic Issues elective 3
    Production Issues elective 3
    Total 15
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    URP 4000 Preview of Urban and Regional Planning 3
    Approved elective 3
    Business and Organizational Management elective 3
    Cultural and Social Issues elective 3
    Economic Issues elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    URP 4273 Survey of Planned Information Systems 3
    Approved elective 3
    Production Issues elective 3
    Total 12
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 39 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Students must consult with their advisor for assistance in selecting the designated listed electives in order to take applicable and appropriate courses for the students’ job and career aspirations. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Ethics: Minimum 3 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics 3
    REL 3171 Ethics in America 3
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    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AGG 3501 Environment, Food and Society 3
    AGR 4212 Alternative Cropping Systems 3
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality 3
    AOM 2520 Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future 3
    GEO 3372 Conservation of Resources 3
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
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    Cultural and Social Issues: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    EES 4103 Food and Culture 2
    FYC 3401 Introduction to Social and Economic Perspectives on the Community 3
    FYC 4126 Urban and Rural America in Transition 3
    GEA 1000 Geography for a Changing World 3
    GEO 2410 Social Geography 3
    GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography 3
    SYD 4020 Population 3
    SYD 4512 Social Institutions and the Environment 3
    URP 3001 Cities of the World 3
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    Production Issues: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production 3
    AGR 4932 Tropical Cropping Systems 3
    AOM 3732 Agricultural Water Management 3
    GEO 3315 Geography of Crop Plants 3
    HOS 3281C Principles of Organic and Sustainable Crop Production 3
    PLS 2003C Plants that Feed the World 3
    VEC 2100 World Herbs and Vegetables 3
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    Economic Issues: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 3
    AEB 3671 Comparative World Agriculture 3
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law 3
    AEB 4283 International Development Policy 3
    GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies 3
    GEO 3502 Economic Geography 3
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    Business and Organizational Management: Minimum 6 credits

    Courses Credits
    AEC 3413 Working with People: Interpersonal Leadership Skills 3
    AEC 3414 Leadership Development 3
    FYC 4408 Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits 3
    FYC 4409 Working with Nonprofit Organizations in Community Settings 3
    FYC 4410 Fund Raising for Community Nonprofit Organizations 3
    FYC 4426 Risk Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3
    MAR 3025 Principles of Marketing 3
    PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations 3
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