Agricultural Biology (Invasive Pest Biology and Management) - 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 Pest Biology and Management concentration 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.

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 23
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 World6
One must be from outside the College of ACES
Departmental/College Requirements
CHEM 1215G, CHEM 1225G 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
CHEM 2115Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory4
EPWS 314Plant Physiology3
EPWS 455Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
EPWS 462Parasitology3
EPWS 492Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
MATH 1430GApplications of Calculus I3
PHYS 1230G
PHYS 1230L
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
SOIL 2110Introduction to Soil Science3
SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility3
TOX 361Basic Toxicology3
Select one from the following:3
Plant Taxonomy3
Rangeland Plants3
Rangeland Restoration Ecology3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Special Topics1-4
Plant Virology3
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Principles of Ecology3
Rangeland Communities3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 48
Total Credits120

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


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 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

A Suggested Plan of Study

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
MATH 1220G College Algebra 3
EPWS 1110
Applied Biology
and Applied Biology Lab
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
ACES 1120 Freshman Orientation 1
General Education Course (Area V, VI, or VI) 1 3
ACOM 1130G
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
or Introduction to Communication
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution 3
General Education Course (Area V, VI, or VI) 1 3
General Education Course (Area V, VI, or VI) 1 3
Second Year
MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I 3
BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 4
Elective Course 3
A ST 311 Statistical Applications 3
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 4
BIOL 311 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 313 Structure and Function of Plants 3
Viewing A Wider World 2 3
Third Year
CHEM 2115 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory 4
EPWS 302 General Entomology 4
SOIL 2110 Introduction to Soil Science 3
PHYS 1230G
PHYS 1230L
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
EPWS 301 Agricultural Biotechnology 3
EPWS 314 Plant Physiology 3
EPWS 462 Parasitology 3
TOX 361 Basic Toxicology 3
Viewing a Wider World 2 3
Fourth Year
EPWS 310 Plant Pathology 4
EPWS 311 Introduction to Weed Science 4
Elective Course 1
BIOL 312 Plant Taxonomy 3
EPWS 492 Diagnosing Plant Disorders 3
AGRO 305 Principles of Genetics 3
AGRO 471 Plant Mineral Nutrition 3
EPWS 447 Seminar 1
EPWS 455 Advanced Integrated Pest Management 3
EPWS 420 Environmental Behavior of Pesticides 3
SOIL 312 Soil Management and Fertility 3
 Total Credits120

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.