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  • Plant Science

    Plant science is a diverse major offered collaboratively by the departments of Agronomy, Environmental Horticulture and Plant Pathology. Students may earn B.S. or B.A. degrees depending on their specialization. B.S. specializations include Crop Ecology, Landscape and Nursery Horticulture, Plant Genetics, Plant Health, Restoration Horticulture and Sustainable Food Production. B.A. specializations include Community Food Systems and Garden Design and Management.

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

    The plant science degree offers diverse specializations that provide a range of opportunities in the food and agricultural sector. The specializations are designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective of these areas.

    The degree prepares graduates for careers in production agriculture, turf and ornamentals production, agribusiness sales and marketing, design and management of gardens, private consulting in plant production and protection, restoration of land and aquatic spaces, public policy and regulation related to agriculture, community garden management, international agriculture and field or laboratory technical support. Plant science can also be used as preparation for studies in graduate and professional school.

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    Course Requirements for Both Degrees

    The B.S. and B.A. degrees are designed for students with different professional objectives. All students, regardless of degree or specialization, are required to take an introductory plant science course and a capstone experience course and all 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: Crop Ecology

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization is designed for students who wish to apply ecological and basic science principles to the design and study of sustainable cropping systems and agricultural ecosystem function. They will develop a holistic understanding of the fundamental principles of plant production systems and interactions and be prepared for careers in research, education or advising.

    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: AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023; BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM 2046/2046L; 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.

    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)
    3-4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H​​
    ​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, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    ​3
    MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 or
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)
    3
    Composition
    GE-C
    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 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    Elective 3
    Humanities (GE-H) or
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
    3
    Total 16-17
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    Elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics 3
    CHM 2200 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2200L Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    PCB 4043C General Ecology 4
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Plant Improvement, Growth and Development elective 3
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Plant Production and Management elective 3
    Total 16
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    BCH 3025 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 4
    Ecology and the Environment electives 6
    Ethical and Social Issues elective 3
    Plant Production and Management elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops 3
    PLS 4950 Capstone Experience
    3
    Plant Improvement, Growth and Development elective 3
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Total 12
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 30 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 9 credits

    AGG 3501 Environment, Food and Society (3)
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality (3)
    ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology (3)
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology (2)
    EVS 3000 Environmental Science (3)
    GEO 3372 Conservation of Resources (3)
    PCB 3601C Plant Ecology (3)
    SWS 4231C Soil, Water and Land Use (3)
    SWS 4244 Wetlands (3)
    SWS 4245 Water Resource Sustainability (3)
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management (3)

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    Plant Production and Management: Minimum 6 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)
    HOS 3281C Principles of Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    PLS 4242C Micropropation of Horticultural Crops (4)

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    Plant Improvement, Growth and Development: Minimum 6 credits

    AGR 4320 Plant Breeding (3)
    HOS 3430C Nutrition of Horticulture Crops (3)
    HOS 4341 Advanced Horticultural Physiology (3)
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management (3)

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    Plant Pest Management: Minimum 6 credits

    ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Laboratory (1)
    HOS 4905 Organic Weed Management (3)
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management (3)
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology (3)
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (4)
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science (3)

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    Ethical and Social Issues: Minimum 3 credits

    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics (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)
    REL 4173 Religion, Ethics and Sustainable Agriculture (3)

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    Bachelor of Science: Landscape and Nursery Horticulture

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization is for students who want to understand the scientific principles of turf and ornamental plant production and use and who desire business knowledge and management skills. The specialization is offered through the statewide program and is also available at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Plant City, Fla., Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, Fla., and West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton, Fla.

    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 1 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 2045/2045L; MAC 1147
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

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

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, 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.

    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)
    3-4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Elective with international or diversity focus 3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    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 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    3​
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Elective with international or diversity focus 3
    Total 17
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    WR
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    Elective 3
    Humanities (GE-H) or
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 4 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 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 or
    PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics
    GE-B/P
    3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Elective 3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 5 Credits
    ORH 3222C Turfgrass Culture 4
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use 3
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Approved electives 4
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    ORH 4236C Ornamental Landscape Management 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    Approved electives 6
    Total 13
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology 3
    ORH 3253C Introductory Nursery Management 4
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    Approved electives 5
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    ORH 4933 Professional Seminar 1
    Approved electives 11
    Total 15
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 26 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. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Environment and Natural Resources

    EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration (4)
    EVS 3000 Environmental Science (3)
    ORH 3815C Florida Native Landscaping (3)
    SWS 4244 Wetlands (3)
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management (3)

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    Landscape and Design Development

    LDE 3410C Residential Landscape Design (3)
    LDE 4404C Advanced Residential Landscape Design (3)
    ORH 4223 Golf and Sports Turf Management (2)
    ORH 4804 and 4804L Annual Perennial Gardening (2) and Laboratory (1)
    ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment (2)
    ORH 4932 Landscape Installation (construction) (3)

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    Management and Sales

    AEB 3122 Financial Planning Agribusiness (3) -or- AEB 4136 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (for off-campus students only) (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)

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    Plant Pest Management

    AOM 3333 Pesticide Application Techniques (3)
    ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Laboratory (1)
    IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf (3)
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (4)
    PLP 3230 Survey of Plant Pathogens (3)
    PLS 4601C Weed Science (3)

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    Plant Improvement, Growth and Development

    AGR 3303 Genetics (3)
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biochemistry (3)
    HOS 4341 Advanced Horticulture Physiology (3)
    ORH 4256 Nutritional Management of Nursery Crops (3)
    ORH 4932 Ornamental Stress Physiology (3)
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management (3)

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    Plant Production and Management

    ORH 4242C Arboriculture (4)
    ORH 4264 Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Culture (3)
    PLS 4242C Micro-propagation of Horticultural Crops (4)

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    Bachelor of Science: Plant Genetics

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization is designed for students who want to learn how to use genetic tools to create plants with characteristics beneficial to the environment and society. Students will explore plant processes and function, types and causes of plant stress, and the practice of plant improvement using genetic tools. Students will prepare for careers developing improved plants and/or educating others 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: AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023; BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM2046/2046L; 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.

    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)
    3-4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    ​4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Elective 3
    Humanities with international or diversity focus
    State Core GE-H
    ​3
    Total 16-17
    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
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    ​3
    MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1
    GE-M
    3
    Elective 1
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You (3) or
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (4) or
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (4)
    GE-S
    3-4
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    WR
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Elective 3
    Total 16-17
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    Elective
    GE-H or GE-S; with international or diversity focus
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Ethical and Social Issues elective 3
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Plant Production and Management elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics 3
    CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
    5
    MCB 3020 Basic Biology of Microorganisms, 3 credits, and
    MCB 3020L Basic Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Total 15
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    AGR 4320 Plant Breeding 3
    BCH 3025 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 4
    Approved elective 2
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Molecular Biology and Genetics elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops 3
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Approved elective 3
    Molecular Biology and Genetics elective 3
    Total 12
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 26 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Remaining 5 credits to be approved by student's faculty advisor. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Molecular Biology and Genetics: Minimum 6 credits

    AGR 4304 Plant Chromosomes and Genomes (3)
    HOS 3305 Introduction to Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)
    HOS 4313C Laboratory Methods in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (2)
    MCB 4304 Genetics of Microorganisms (3)
    MCB 4320C Bacterial Genome Sequencing and Analysis (3)
    MCB 5305L Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory (2)
    ORH 4528L Advanced Laboratory in Biotechnology (1)
    PCB 4522 Molecular Genetics (3)
    PCB 5065 Advanced Genetics (4)

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    Plant Pest Management: Minimum 6 credits

    ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Laboratory (1)
    HOS 4905 Organic Weed Management (3)
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management (3)
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology (3)
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (4)
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science (3)

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    Plant Production and Management: Minimum 3 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)
    HOS 3281C Principles of Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    HOS 3430C Nutrition of Horticulture Crops (3)
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    HOS 4341 Advanced Horticultural Physiology (3)
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops (4)
    SWS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and Laboratory (1)
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management (3)

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    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 3 credits

    AGG 3501 Environment, Food and Society (3)
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality (3)
    ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology (3)
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology (2)
    EVS 3000 Environmental Science (3)
    PCB 4043C General Ecology (4)
    PCB 3601C Plant Ecology (3)

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    Ethical and Social Issues: Minimum 3 credits

    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics (3)
    IDS 2154 Facets of Sustainability (3)
    PHM 3032 Ethics and Ecology (3)
    POT 3503 Environmental Ethics and Politics
    PUP 3204 Politics and Ecology (3)
    REL 4173 Religion, Ethics and Sustainable Agriculture (3)

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    Bachelor of Science: Plant Health

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers related to plant health management in the public or private sector or advanced degrees in plant pathology, plant medicine or other plant 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: AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023; BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L; BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM 2046/2046L; 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.

    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)
    3-4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H; WR
    ​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
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    ​3
    MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 or
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Electives 4
    Total 17
    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 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    Elective 3
    Humanities (GE-H) or
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
    3
    Total 17
    Semester 5 Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics 3
    CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology 4
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Plant Pathology elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Lab, 2 credits
    5
    HOS 3430C Plant Nutrition 3
    Microbiology and Molecular Biology elective 3
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4
    Approved electives 4
    Ethical and Social Issues elective 3
    Production Agriculture elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology 3
    Approved electives 7
    Total 13
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 26 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Remaining 11 elective credits to be approved by student's faculty advisor. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Plant Pathology: Minimum 3 credits

    PLP 3103C Plant Disease Control (3)
    PLP 4222C Plant Virology (3)
    PLP 4242C Bacterial Plant Pathogens (3)
    PLP 4653C Basic Fungal Biology (4)
    PLP 4931 Undergraduate seminar (1)

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    Ethical and Social Issues: Minimum 3 credits

    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law (3)
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics (3)
    AGR 2332 Seeds of Change (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)
    REL 4173 Religion, Ethics and Sustainable Agriculture (3)

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    Microbiology and Molecular Biology: Minimum 3 credits

    HOS 3305 Introduction to Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)
    HOS 4313C Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology (3)
    MCB 3020 and 3020L Basic Biology of Microorganisms (3) and Laboratory (1)
    MCB 4304 Genetics of Microorganisms (3)
    MCB 4320C Bacterial Genome Sequence Analysis (3)
    PCB 4522 Molecular Genetics (3)
    SWS 4303C Soil Microbial Ecology (3)

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    Plant Pest Management: Minimum 3 credits

    ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Principles of Entomology Laboratory (1)
    ENY 4905 Invasive Species (3)
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology (3)
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science -or- HOS 4905 Organic Weed Management (3)

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    Production Agriculture: Minimum 3 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 (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 Principles of Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops (4)
    SWS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and Laboratory (1)

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    Bachelor of Science: Restoration Horticulture

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization prepares students to apply horticultural-based knowledge to the establishment, management and protection of plant communities. This background will develop proficiency in many areas of applied plant science, including native/rare plant propagation, ex situ plant conservation, weed control, nursery production of native plants, and planting design and specification.

    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: AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023; BOT 2010C; BOT 2011C; CHM 2045/2045L; CHM 2046/2046L; 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.

    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
    GE-B
    3
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    ​3
    Total 13
    Semester 2 Credits
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    GE-B
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    ​3
    MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1
    GE-M
    3
    Elective with international or diversity focus 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 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    Elective with international or diversity focus 3
    Humanities (GE-H) or
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
    3
    Total 16-17
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 or
    PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics
    GE-B/P
    3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 5 Credits
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2
    GE-B
    3
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use 3
    ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment 2
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Natural Resource Management elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    BOT 3151C Local Flora 3
    EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration 4
    PCB 4043C General Ecology 4
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    Total 15
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology 3
    PLS 3223 Plant Propagation, 2 credits, and
    PLS 3223L Plant Propagation Laboratory, 1 credit
    3
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops 4
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
    Ecology elective 2
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    PCB 3601C Plant Ecology 3
    PLS 4950 Plant Science Capstone 3
    Ecology elective 3
    Tools and Applications elective 3
    Total 12
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 11 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Natural Resource Management: Minimum 3 credits

    FOR 3214 Fire in Natural Resource Management (2)
    FOR 4110 Ecology and Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystem (3)
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management (3)

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    Ecology: Minimum 5 credits

    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology (3)
    FOR 4090C Urban Forestry (3)
    PCB 2441 Biological Invaders (3)
    SWS 4244 Wetlands (3)
    WIS 3402 Wildlife of Florida (3)
    WIS 4203C Introduction to Landscape Ecology (3)

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    Tools and Applications: Minimum 3 credits

    AOM 3333 Pesticide Application (3)
    EES 4027 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems (3)
    EES 4050 Environmental Planning and Design (3)
    STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 (3)
    SWS 4720C GIS in Soil and Water Science (3)
    SWS 4932 Environmental Techniques (3)

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    Bachelor of Science: Sustainable Food Production

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization prepares students for professions in 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 aquatic and terrestrial weed management, optimizing management practices (including energy utilization, nutrient management and tillage for soil and water conservation), sustainability and environmental issues.

    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 2045/2045L; 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.

    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)
    3-4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Elective with international or diversity focus 3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    ​3
    Total 16-17
    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
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​
    ​3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Elective with international or diversity focus 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 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    Electives 5
    Total 15-16
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    3
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    4
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities (GE-H) or
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 5 Credits
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry 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
    4
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Total 13
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics 3
    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops 3
    Management and Sales elective 3
    Plant Improvement, Growth and Development elective 3
    Plant Production and Management elective 3
    Total 15
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Ethical and Social Issues elective 3
    Management and Sales elective 3
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Plant Production and Management elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    Capstone Experience
    AGR 4905, ORH 4905, or PLP 4905
    3
    Approved elective 2
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Plant Production and Management electives 6
    Total 14
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 38 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Remaining 1 credit to be approved by student's faculty advisor. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Plant Production and Management: Minimum 12 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 4314C Power and Machinery Management (3)
    HOS 3281C Principles of Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production (3)
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops (4)

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    Management and Sales: Minimum 6 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 Improvement, Growth and Development: Minimum 3 credits

    AGR 4320 Plant Breeding (3)
    HOS 3430C Nutrition of Horticulture Crops (3)
    HOS 4341 Advanced Horticultural Physiology (3)
    PLS 4242C Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops (4)
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management (3)

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    Plant Pest Management: Minimum 6 credits

    ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Laboratory (1)
    HOS 4905 Organic Weed Management (3)
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management (3)
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology (3)
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (4)
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science (3)

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    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 6 credits

    AGG 3501 Environment, Food and Society (3)
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality (3)
    ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology (3)
    EES 4103 Applied Ecology (2)
    EVS 3000 Environmental Science (3)
    GEO 3372 Conservation of Resources (3)
    PCB 3601C Plant Ecology (3)
    PCB 4043C General Ecology (4)
    SWS 4231C Soil, Water and Land Use (3)
    SWS 4245 Water Resource Sustainability (3)

    Ethical and Social Issues: Minimum 3 credits

    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics (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)
    REL 4173 Religion, Ethics and Sustainable Agriculture (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.

    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)
    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​
    Approved physical science course
    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
    Approved physical science course
    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
    Capstone Experience
    AGR 4905, ORH 4905, or PLP 4905
    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. Remaining 6 credits to be approved by student's faculty advisor. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Ethics: Minimum 3 credits

    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics (3)
    REL 3171 Ethics in America (3)
    REL 4173 Religion, Ethics and Sustainable Agriculture (3)

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    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 6 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

    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

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    Production Issues: Minimum 6 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)
    VEC 2100 World Herbs and Vegetables (3)
    PLS 2003C Plants that Feed the World (3)

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    Economic Issues: Minimum 6 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

    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 (4)
    PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations (3)

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    Bachelor of Arts: Garden Design and Management

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    This specialization is designed for students who are interested in the relationship of plants to people, including garden design, plants and human behavior and management of plants in landscapes and public garden spaces.

    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.

    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)
    3-4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Elective 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
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H​​​
    3​
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3​
    Approved physical science course
    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 3
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    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
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use 3
    Approved physical science course
    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
    LDE 3410C Residential Landscape Design 3
    ORH 3773 Public Gardens, 2 credits, and
    ORH 3773L Public Gardens Laboratory, 2 credits
    4
    ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment 2
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    LDE 4404C Advanced Residential Landscape Design 3
    ORH 4236C Ornamental Landscape Management 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment, 3 credits, and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    Ecology and the Environment elective 3
    Total 13
    Summer Credits
    PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
    Total 3
    Semester 7 Credits
    Approved elective 3
    Communications elective 3
    Cultural and Social Issues elective 3
    Landscape and Design Development elective 3
    Plant Pest Management elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    Capstone Experience
    AGR 4905, ORH 4905, or PLP 4905
    3
    ORH 4804 Annual and Perennial Gardening, 1 credit, and
    ORH 4804L Annual and Perennial Gardening Laboratory, 2 credits
    3
    ORH 4933 Professional Development 1
    Approved elective 4
    Plant Production and Management elective 3
    Total 14
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    Approved Electives: Minimum 28 credits

    Choose courses from each focus area; minimum credits for each area listed below. Remaining credits to be approved by student's faculty advisor. Consult an advisor for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Cultural and Social Issues: Minimum 3 credits

    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics (3)
    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality (3)
    FYC 4409 Working with Nonprofit Organizations in Community Settings (3)
    FYC 4410 Fund Raising for Community Nonprofit Organizations (3)
    GEO 3427 Plants, Health and Spirituality (3)

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    Communications: Minimum 3 credits

    AEB 4424 Human Resource Management (3)
    AEC 3073 Intercultural Communications (3)
    AEC 4052 Communication Campaign Strategies (3)
    AEC 4434 Communication in Groups and Teams (3)

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    Ecology and the Environment: Minimum 3 credits

    BOT 3151C Local Flora of North Florida (3)
    SWS 4244 Wetlands (3)
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management (3)

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    Landscape and Design Development: Minimum 3 credits

    LAA 2710 History of Landscape Architecture (3)
    LAA 4260 Site Design of Green Roofs (3)
    ORH 3053C Principles of Floral Art (3)

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    Plant Pest Management: Minimum 3 credits

    ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Entomology Laboratory (1)
    IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management (3)
    IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf (3)
    PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (4)
    PLP 3230 Survey of Plant Pathogens (3)
    PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science (3)

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    Plant Production and Management: Minimum 3 credits

    AGR 4512 Physiology and Ecology of Crops (3)
    EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration (4)
    HOS 4304 Horticulture Physiology (3)
    HOS 4341 Advanced Horticulture Physiology (3)
    ORH 3222C Turfgrass Culture (4)
    ORH 4242C Arboriculture (4)

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majors: plant-science