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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Dec 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Plant Sciences Major, BS in Plant Sciences – Turfgrass Science and Management Concentration


The turfgrass science and management concentration is designed for the student desiring to pursue professions that include growing and managing turfgrasses used for golf courses, parks, athletic fields, sports complexes, and residential and commercial lawns. This concentration also prepares students for graduate studies in turfgrass science. Students are encouraged to earn a minor degree in a supportive field such as agricultural economics or environmental and soil sciences. Careful selection of departmental courses and other electives in consultation with the assigned academic advisor will prepare graduates for the career of their choice. A minimum grade point average of 2.25 is required for all plant sciences courses taken in the major.

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 – Turfgrass Science and Management Concentration


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
1AGNR 100  or FYS 101   1 2.0 cumulative GPA
2AREC 201 * or ECON 201 * or ECON 207  4  
7BIOL 113 * or BIOL 114 *; and BIOL 115  5  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
3Quantitative Reasoning Elective * 3  
Term 2
3Communicating Orally Elective * 3 2.0 cumulative GPA
ENGL 102  3 One Natural Sciences Elective*
3Natural Sciences Electives * 3-4  
PLSC 462   1  
3Quantitative Reasoning Elective * 3  
4Unrestricted Elective 2  
Term 3
AGNR 291   1 ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 
CHEM 100 * or CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128  4  
PLSC 210 , PLSC 240 , PLSC 241   7  
2,3Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 4
CHEM 110 * or CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138  4 ENGL 102 
ESS 210   4 PLSC 210  
PLSC 462   1  
5Directed Electives 6  
Term 5
3Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 Any CASNR course with grade of C or better
3Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 Any two Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, Quantitative Reasoning*, or Social Sciences* Electives
EPP 313   3  
PLSC 220  or PLSC 221   3  
5Directed Elective 3  
Term 6
PLSC 233 , PLSC 331 , PLSC 438 , PLSC 442 , PLSC 443  or PLSC 456 , PLSC 462 , PLSC 466   13-14 No milestones
4Unrestricted Elective 1  
Term 6 ½ (Summer)
PLSC 492   3 No milestones
Term 7
Select from: BCMB 321 ; BIOL 260 -BIOL 269 ; FORS 414 ; EEB 330 , EEB 413 , EEB 414 , EEB 424 ; GEOG 439   3-4 Apply to graduate
5Directed Electives 7-8  
4Unrestricted Elective 1  
Term 8
3Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 No milestones
3Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
PLSC 441 , PLSC 462   3  
6Plant Sciences Elective 3  
4Unrestricted Electives 4  
TOTAL 120  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Required of freshmen only; requirement is waived for transfer students.
2 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 University General Education-Social Sciences requirement. In these cases, the student should take two courses from the Social Sciences list.
3 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, Communicating Orally, Cultures and Civilizations, or Social Sciences Elective; a course in the major; or a course from another discipline.
4 Any courses not already required for the major.
5 Directed electives are courses that generally support and enhance a student's academic goals. These multidisciplinary courses were chosen to provide students the opportunity to develop basic and advanced skills beyond Plant Science's core requirements. The Plant Sciences Undergraduate Program Committee periodically reviews this list to identify appropriate courses for each concentration. If students believe that a course not on the list would meet this objective, they may propose this to their academic advisor to review before the start of the semester in which the student wishes to take the course.
    Additionally, components of the Entrepreneurship (ALEC 240 *, ALEC 340 ; AREC 212 , AREC 342 , AREC 442 ; ARTD 451 , ARTD 452 *; BUAD 103 ; DSGN 130 *, DSGN 430 ; ECON 331 ; EF 130 EF 400 ; ENT 350 , ENT 410 , ENT 415 , ENT 420 , ENT 425 ENT 451 , ENT 460 ; MARK 462 ; ME 457 ; MUSC 305 RCS 411 , RCS 412 ), Business Administration or Entomology and Plant Pathology Minor(s) are acceptable. Chosen from any 300-level and above from Agricultural and Resource Economics; Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology; Biosystems Engineering; Biosystems Engineering Technology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Entomology and Plant Pathology; Environmental and Soil Sciences; Forestry; Plant Sciences; and ACCT 200  or ACCT 207 ; AGNR 292 ; ENGL 295 *, ENGL 360 *; EPP 201 *; FINC 300 ; MARK 300 ; MGT 201 , MGT 300 .
6 Chosen from any Plant Sciences course not already required for the major.
7 BIOL 113 * or BIOL 114 *; and BIOL 115 * satisfies the University General Education–Natural Science requirements and the major requirement for Botany. This requirement will be met if a transfer student transfers in any Biology class(es) with lab totaling at least 4.