Agricultural 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 options 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.

Requirements

Departmental Requirements
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
AGRO 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 311General Microbiology3
BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants3
or BIOL 322 Zoology
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
EPWS 100Applied Biology3
EPWS 100 LApplied Biology Lab1
EPWS 301Agricultural Biotechnology3
EPWS 302General Entomology4
EPWS 310Plant Pathology4
EPWS 311Introduction to Weed Science4
EPWS 447Seminar1
MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
Select one from the following:3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Select one from the following:3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
General Education Electives
Humanities and Fine Arts6-9
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
Viewing a Wider World
Select 6 credits at the 300 or 400 Level 16
Concentrations/Options
Select at least one from the following options: 237-46
Applied Biology
Applied Microbiology
Entomology
Environmental Biology
Pest Biology and Management
Total Credits114-129
1

Select two General Education Courses: one must be from a college outside of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

2

In addition to the departmental requirements listed above, you must also complete all of the courses in at least one of the options listed below. Courses with higher numbered prefixes may replace courses listed as departmental requirements in some cases. 

Agricultural Biology Concentrations/Options

Concentrations: Applied Biology

The Applied Biology option 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.

Required Courses
BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
MATH 190GTrigonometry and Precalculus4
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory1
Select 6-8 credits from the following:6-8
Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals4
Plant Taxonomy3
Comparative Anatomy and Embryology4
Physiology of Humans3
Cell Biology3
Plant Physiology3
Fungal Biology3
Plant Nematology3
Suggested Electives
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II3
Total Credits37-39

Option: Applied Microbiology

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.

Required Courses
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 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
PHYS 212GLGeneral Physics II Laboratory1
Select 6-7 credits from the following:6-7
Statistical Methods and Data Analysis3
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Applied and Environmental Microbiology4
Principles of Ecology3
Environmental Soil Science3
Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
Parasitology3
Plant Nematology3
Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
Food Microbiology4
Soils3
Soil Management and Fertility3
Soil Microbiology3
Basic Toxicology3
E S 423Environmental Toxicology3
Total Credits45-46

Concentration: Entomology

The Entomology concentration prepares you for graduate degrees in entomology. Emphasis is placed on a broad background in field and laboratory aspects of insect biology and management.

Required Courses
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
BIOL 465Invertebrate Zoology4
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry4
EPWS 303Economic Entomology3
EPWS 325V Insects, Humans, and the Environment3
EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
EPWS 462Parasitology3
EPWS 575Urban Entomology3
EPWS 481Plant Nematology3
EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
Select at least three from the following:7-11
Plant Physiology3
Special Topics1-4
Principles of Ecology3
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Soils3
Total Credits39-43

Concentration: Environmental Biology

The Environmental Biology option prepares you for professional positions in environmental impact, regulation, compliance and improvement.

Required Courses
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry4
E S 301Principles of Ecology3
E S 330Environmental Management Seminar I1
E S 430Environmental Management Seminar II1
EPWS 380VScience & Society3
EPWS 314Plant Physiology3
EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory1
SOIL 252Soils3
TOX 361Basic Toxicology3
Select at least two from the following:5-8
Statistical Methods and Data Analysis3
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Survey of Biochemistry4
Environmental Soil Science3
EPWS 420Environmental Behavior of Pesticides3
Special Topics1-4
Plant Nematology3
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
Introduction to Weather Science4
Soil Management and Fertility3
TOX 361Basic Toxicology3
Total Credits45-48

Concentration: Pest Biology and Management

This option prepares you for careers such as insect, weed and disease management; in both field and urban environments, including IPM and Sustainable/Organic Techniques research technician; federal and state agencies; border security; agricultural consulting; and extension positions.

Required Courses
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry4
EPWS 314Plant Physiology3
EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
EPWS 481Plant Nematology3
or EPWS 462 Parasitology
EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
PHYS 110GThe Great Ideas of Physics4
SOIL 252Soils3
SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility3
TOX 361Basic Toxicology3
Select one from the following:3
Plant Taxonomy3
Grass Taxonomy and Identification3
Rangeland Plants3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Special Topics1-4
Plant Virology3
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Principles of Ecology3
Rangeland Communities3
Total Credits38