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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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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

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.

Credit Hours 16

Term 1 Milestone Notes

  • 2.0 cumulative GPA

Term 2

Credit Hours 16

Term 2 Milestone Notes

Term 3

Credit Hours 14

Term 3 Milestone Notes

Term 4

  • 5 Directed Electives 6 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 16-17

Term 4 Milestone Notes

Credit Hours 15

Term 5 Milestone Notes

Term 6

Credit Hours 15

Term 6 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Term 6 1/2 (Summer)

Credit Hours 3

Term 6 1/2 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Credit Hours 11-12

Term 7 Milestone Notes

  • Apply to graduate

Term 8

  • 3 Global Citizenship – US  Elective 3 Credit Hours *
  • 4 Plant Sciences Elective 3 Credit Hours
  • 4 Unrestricted Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 12-13

Term 8 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Total Credit Hours 120-121


  1. Required of freshmen only; requirement is waived for transfer students.
  2. AREC 201 * or ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * satisfies the Volunteer Core  Social Sciences * 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 Volunteer Core  Social Sciences * requirement. In these cases, the student should take two courses from the Social Sciences * list.
  3. Chosen from the Volunteer Core * list after consultation with an advisor. Students must meet the Written Communication * requirement by selecting a course with a WC designation.
  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 410S , ENT 415 , ENT 425 ENT 451 , ENT 460 , ENT 485 ; MARK 462 ; ME 457 ; MUSC 305 RMM 411 , RMM 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 ; ENGL 295 *, ENGL 360 *; EPP 201 *; FINC 300 ; MARK 300 ; MGT 201 , MGT 300 ; SOCI 360 *, SOCI 363 *. AGRI 1030 taken at a Tennessee Board of Regents community college, or as a part of Statewide dual-credit (SDC) which transfers to UTK as PLSC LD, is acceptable for (3) credit hours in this category. The directed electives category can also be fulfilled by the completion of any university approved minor taken at The University of Tennessee.
  6. Chosen from any Plant Sciences course not already required for the major.
  7. This requirement will be met if a transfer student transfers in any Biology class(es) with lab totaling at least 4 credit hours.
  8. Selected from any of the following designations: Arts and Humanities *, Applied Arts and Humanities *, Global Citizenship – International *, Global Citizenship – US *, or Social Sciences * ( Applied Arts and Humanities * (AAH) courses allow students to learn by doing through performances or creative activities).

* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements .

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