Crop Sciences, B.S., Horticultural Food Systems Concentration

This concentration provides students with a strong foundation in plant sciences along with specialized knowledge in horticultural fruit and vegetable crop systems at urban, local, and commercial scales. Graduates from this program are prepared for careers as crop consultants, crop protection and production specialists; entrepreneurs in urban and local food systems; greenhouse or farm managers; and as community gardening and horticultural educators. This concentration will also prepare students for graduate studies leading to careers in research, extension, and education. A minimum of 126 total hours is required.

Prescribed Courses including Campus General Education

Composition I and Speech
RHET 105Writing and Research4
or equivalent - see College Composition I requirement (3 or 4)
CMN 101Public Speaking3
Advanced Composition
Select from campus approved list.3-4
Cultural Studies
Select one course from Western culture, one from non-Western culture, and one from U.S. minority culture from campus approved lists.9
Foreign Language
Coursework at or above the third level is required for graduation.
Quantitative Reasoning I
Select one of the following:4-5
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
Quantitative Reasoning II
CPSC 241Intro to Applied Statistics3
Natural Sciences and Technology
See Specific Concentration Requirements
Humanities and the Arts
Select from campus approved list6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ACE 100Agr Cons and Resource Econ 13-4
or ECON 102 Microeconomic Principles
Select from campus approved list.3-4
ACES required
ACES 101Contemporary Issues in ACES2
Required Concentration58-79
Concentration prescribed courses. See specific concentration requirements.
Total Hours126
Natural Science and Technology Required15-16
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chem of Biol Processes
Introduction to Plant Biology
Horticultural Food Systems Concentration Required63
Food and Agribusiness Mgt
Introduction to Weed Science
Biotechnology in Agriculture
Applied Entomology
Plant Genetics
Crop Sci Professional Develpmt
Introduction to Horticulture
Plant Propagation
Greenhouse Mgmt and Production
Vegetable Crop Production
Small Fruit Production
Tree Fruit Production
Horticultural Physiology
Introductory Soils
Soil Nutrient Cycling
Soil and Water Conservation
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
Introductory Plant Pathology
Select 15 hours from the following:
Plants and Global Change
Principles of Agroecology
Medicinal Plants and Herbology
Local Food Networks
Undergraduate Seminar
Woody Landscape Plants
Planting for Biodiversity and Aesthetics
Postharvest Handling Hort Crop
Designing Urban Agriculture
Urban Food Production
Plant Nutrition
Horticultural Plant Breeding
Permaculture & Agroforestry
Total ACES prescribed and elective hours must total 35 hours, of which 20 must be completed in residence.