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  Dec 16, 2017
 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Plant Sciences Major, BS in Plant Sciences – Organic Production Concentration


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The organic production concentration is designed to create leaders in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture. Students will gain the knowledge and skills for production and management of organic cropping systems. Employment prospects include owning your own organic farm, consulting, agricultural extension, environmental education, government agencies, international agricultural development, and research. Careful selection of departmental courses and other electives in consultation with the assigned academic advisor will prepare graduates for the career of their choice. This concentration also prepares students with a strong interest in the science of organic crop production for graduate studies (M.S., Ph.D.) in horticulture, agronomy, or related disciplines. Classroom instruction is enhanced by the 90-acre Organic Crops Unit located near the University of Tennessee campus.

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences • Plant Sciences Major • Organic Production Concentration


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
1AGNR 100  or FYS 101   1 2.0 cumulative GPA
BIOL 111 * or BIOL 112 * 4  
CHEM 100 * or CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 * 4  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 * 3  
2Quantitative Reasoning Elective * 3  
Term 2
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 2.0 cumulative GPA
CHEM 110 * or CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 * 4 One Natural Sciences Elective*
ENGL 102 * 3  
2Natural Sciences Electives * 3-4  
2Quantitative Reasoning Elective * 3  
Term 3
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 2.0 cumulative GPA
CMST 210 *, CMST 217 *, CMST 240 *, or CMST 247 * 3 ENGL 101 *
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
EPP 313   3  
PLSC 210   3  
Term 4
5AREC 201 * or ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * 4 ENGL 102 *
ESS 210   4 PLSC 210  
PLSC 275   3  
2Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 5
Select from: BCMB 321 ; BIOL 260 -BIOL 269 ; FORS 414 ; EEB 330 , EEB 413 , EEB 414 , EEB 424 , EEB 463 ; GEOG 439 ; PLSC 348   3-4 Any CASNR course with grade of C or better
ESS 334   3 Any two Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, Quantitative Reasoning*, or Social Sciences* Electives
Select from: PLSC 220 , PLSC 221 , PLSC 250 *, PLSC 331 , PLSC 410 *, PLSC 430 , PLSC 435 , PLSC 452 , PLSC 453 , PLSC 457 , PLSC 491 *, PLSC 499   6  
Term 6
BCMB 321  or FORS 414  or PLSC 348   3 No milestones
PLSC 330 , PLSC 434   6  
3Technical Electives 6  
Term 6 ½ (Summer)
PLSC 492   3 No milestones
Term 7
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 Apply to graduate
EPP 321   3  
ESS 434  or ESS 442  or ESS 454   3  
PLSC 415   3  
4Unrestricted Elective 2-3  
Term 8
Select from: PLSC 220 , PLSC 221 PLSC 331 , PLSC 410 *, PLSC 430 , PLSC 435 , PLSC 452 , PLSC 457 , PLSC 461 PLSC 493   6 No milestones
3Technical Electives 6  
4Unrestricted Electives 3-4  
TOTAL 120  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Required of freshmen only; requirement is waived for transfer students.
2 Chosen from the University General Education list  after consultation with an advisor. Students must meet the Communicating through Writing requirement by selecting a course with a WC designation. This course may be an Arts and Humanities, Cultures and Civilizations, or Social Sciences Elective; a course in the major; or a course from another discipline. PLSC 410 * and PLSC 491 * satisfy the WC requirement.
3 Chosen from any 200-level and above from Agricultural and Resource Economics, Animal Science, Biology, Business Administration, Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biosystems Engineering, Biosystems Engineering Technology, Business Analytics and Statistics, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Environmental and Soil Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Forestry, Geology, Management, Marketing, Microbiology, Physics, Plant Sciences, Spanish, Statistics, or approved foreign language; and ACCT 200 , ACCT 207 ; AGNR 291 , AGNR 292 , AGNR 481 ; ANSC 160 ; AREC 212 ; BULW 301 ; ENGL 295 *, ENGL 360 *; FDST 150 *; FINC 300 ; GEOL 201 *, GEOL 202 *, GEOL 206 *; JREM 450 *, JREM 451 *, JREM 456 *; MARK 300 ; MGT 201 , MGT 300 ; PHIL 130 ; PHYS 101 *; SOCI 360 .
4 Any courses not already required for the major.
5 AREC 201 (4) Economics of the Global Food and Fiber System * or ECON 201 (4) Introductory Economics: A Survey Course * or ECON 207 (4) Honors: Introductory Economics * satisfies the University General Education-Social Science requirement and the major requirement for economics. If the student transfers ECON LD for 3 credit hours, it will satisfy the major requirement for economics but will not satisfy the General Education-Social Science requirement. In these cases, the student should take two courses from the approved General Education-Social Sciences list.

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