Agricultural Biology (Applied Microbiology) - 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 Microbiology biotin prepare you for professional positions in algal biofuels, environmental monitoring and improvement, industrial applications of microbiology, food sanitation, research or graduate study.

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 Technical and Professional Communication3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Professional and Technical Communication Honors3
Advanced Composition3
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
BIOL 311 LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 451Physiology of Microorganisms3
BIOL 473Ecology of Microorganisms3
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
EPWS 373Fungal Biology3
EPWS 420Environmental Behavior of Pesticides3
EPWS 486Plant Virology3
MATH 1430GApplications of Calculus I3
PHYS 1230G
PHYS 1230L
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
Select 6-7 credits from the following:6-7
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Applied and Environmental Microbiology4
Principles of Ecology3
Environmental Soil Science3
Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
Food Microbiology4
Introduction to Soil Science3
Soil Management and Fertility3
Soil Microbiology3
Basic Toxicology3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 43-4
Total Credits120

MATH 1220G College Algebra is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter MATH 1220G College Algebra first.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses


Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor