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Curriculum for Plant Genetics Specialization


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.


Course Number

Title

Hours

Term Offered

CHM2210

Organic Chemistry 1

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

PLS3004C

Principles of Plant Science

3

Fall, Spring

AGR3303

Genetics

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

CHM2211 & 2211L

Organic Chemistry 2 & Lab

5

Fall, Spring, Summer

MCB3020 & 3020L

Basic Biology of Microorganisms & Lab

4

 Fall, Spring, Summer

PLS4941

Practical Work Experience

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

AGR4320

Plant Breeding

3

Spring

BCH3025

Fundamentals of Biochemistry

4

Fall, Spring, Summer

AGR4512

Physiology & Ecology of Crops

3

Spring

AGR4905

Capstone Experience

3

 Fall, Spring

Approved Electives: Minimum 21 credits.
Choose courses from each focus area below. Minimum credits required in each focus area appear in parentheses. Consult an adviser for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

Molecular Biology and Genetics (6)


HOS 3305 Introduction to Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
HOS 4313C Laboratory Methods in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
MCB 4304 Genetics of Microorganisms
MCB 4320C Bacterial Genome Sequencing and Analysis
MCB 5305L Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory
ORH 4528L Advanced Laboratory in Biotechnology
PCB 4522 Molecular Genetics
PCB 5065 Advanced Genetics

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)

Plant Production and Management (3)


AGR 4212 Alternative Cropping Systems
AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production
AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management
AGR 4932 Tropical Cropping Systems
HOS 3281C Principles of Organic and Sustainable Production
HOS 3430C Nutrition of Horticulture Crops
HOS 4283C Advanced Organic and Sustainable Production
HOS 4341 Advanced Horticultural Physiology
SWS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment and Laboratory
SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management

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)

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)