Agricultural Biology (Applied Biology) - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

The agricultural biology course work prepares you for a variety of careers in the biological sciences and agriculture. You will develop your curriculum with an academic advisor to attain your individual goals. Many will pursue advanced degrees in the sciences or prepare for admittance to professional schools (medical, dental, etc.). A diverse program is offered with five separate concentrations that allow you to tailor your program for careers in the commercial sector, such as agricultural consulting, and pest management or for careers with county, state, or federal agencies, such as research technicians, land managers, and extension agents.  A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. Any undergraduate student majoring in Agricultural Biology must earn a grade of C- or higher in core (EPWS prefix) courses to satisfy degree requirements. Students earning a D or F in a core (EPWS prefix) course will be expected to repeat that course until the student earns a grade of C- or higher. The following courses are required for a major in Agricultural Biology.

The Applied Biology concentration prepares you for professional advancement including admittance to medical, dental, veterinary and graduate schools. Students interested in the health professions must register with the Health Professional Advisory Committee no later than the sophomore year. Students should check the specific entrance requirements for the professional or graduate school of their choice prior to selecting electives within this option.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Advanced Composition3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Professional and Technical Communication Honors3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
BIOL 2610GPrinciples of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution3
Viewing a Wider World 36
One must be from outside of the College of ACES
Departmental/College Requirements
CHEM 1216G, CHEM 1226G and BIOL 2610G will count towards Departmental/College and General Education Requirements
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
AGRO 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 2110GPrinciples of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 311General Microbiology3
BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants3
or BIOL 322 Zoology
EPWS 1110Applied Biology3
EPWS 1110LApplied Biology Lab1
EPWS 301Agricultural Biotechnology3
EPWS 302General Entomology4
EPWS 310Plant Pathology4
EPWS 311Introduction to Weed Science4
EPWS 447Seminar1
Concentration Coursework
BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
MATH 1250GTrigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
PHYS 1230GAlgebra-Based Physics I3
or PHYS 2230G General Physics for Life Science I
PHYS 1230LAlgebra-Based Physics I Lab1
or PHYS 2230L Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
Choose 6-8 credits from the following:6-8
Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals4
Plant Taxonomy3
Physiology of Humans3
Cell Biology3
Plant Physiology3
Fungal Biology3
Plant Virology3
Non- Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 414-16
Suggested Electives
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Algebra-Based Physics II3
General Physics for Life Science II
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1220G College Algebra 1 3
EPWS 1110
1110L
Applied Biology
and Applied Biology Lab
4
ACES 1120 Freshman Orientation 1
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 1 3
MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus 1 4
BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution 1 3
AXED 2120G Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Semester 1
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 4
CHEM 1121 General Supplemental Instruction I 1
BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 313
Structure and Function of Plants
or Zoology
3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 4
CHEM 1122 General Supplemental Instruction II 1
BIOL 311 General Microbiology 1 3
Elective Course 1
 Credits13
Third Year
Semester 1
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 3
A ST 311 Statistical Applications 3
EPWS 302 General Entomology 4
Choose from one of the following: 1 3
Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals  
Plant Taxonomy  
Physiology of Humans  
Cell Biology  
Plant Physiology  
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
CHEM 314
CHEM 315
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
5
EPWS 301 Agricultural Biotechnology 1 3
Choose one from the following: 4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab 1
 
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
 
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Semester 1
BCHE 341 Survey of Biochemistry 1 4
EPWS 310 Plant Pathology (Fall Only) 1 4
EPWS 311 Introduction to Weed Science (Fall Only) 1 4
AGRO 305 Principles of Genetics 1 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
EPWS 447 Seminar 1
Choose from one of the following: 1 3
Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals  
Plant Taxonomy  
Physiology of Humans  
Cell Biology  
Plant Physiology  
Fungal Biology  
Plant Virology  
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120