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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 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

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.

Term 1

Credit Hours 16

Term 1 Milestone Notes

  • 2.0 cumulative GPA

Term 2

Credit Hours 18-19

Term 2 Milestone Notes

Term 3

  • Oral Communication  Elective 3 Credit Hours *
  • 4 Plant Sciences Electives 3 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 15

Term 3 Milestone Notes

  • 2.0 cumulative GPA

Credit Hours 14

Term 4 Milestone Notes

Term 5

Credit Hours 12-13

Term 5 Milestone Notes

Term 6

  • 3 Directed Electives 6 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 13

Term 6 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Term 6 1/2 (Summer)

Credit Hours 3

Term 6 1/2 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Term 7

Credit Hours 14-16

Term 7 Milestone Notes

  • Apply to graduate

Term 8

  • 3 Directed Electives 6 Credit Hours
  • 4 Unrestricted Elective 2-3 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 12-15

Term 8 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Total Credit Hours 120-124


  1. Required of freshmen only; requirement is waived for transfer students.
  2. 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. PLSC 410 * satisfies the WC requirement.
  3. 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 an Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, or Entomology and Plant Pathology Minor(s) are acceptable.
    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, Forestry, Geology, Management, Marketing, Microbiology, Physics, Plant Sciences, Spanish, Statistics, or approved foreign language; and ACCT 200 , ACCT 207 ; AGNR 481 ; ALEC 240 *, ALEC 340 *; ANSC 150 *; AREC 212 , AREC 342 *, AREC 442 *; ARTD 451 , ARTD 452 ; BUAD 103 ; BULW 301 ; DSGN 130 *, DSGN 430 *; ECON 331 ; EF 130 , EF 400 ; ENGL 295 *, ENGL 360 *; ENT 350 , ENT 410S , ENT 415 , ENT 425 , ENT 451 , ENT 460 , ENT 485 ; FDSC 150 ; FINC 300 ; GEOL 201 , GEOL 202 *, GEOL 206 *; JREM 450 *, JREM 451 *, JREM 456 ; MARK 300 , MARK 462 ; ME 457 ; MGT 201 , MGT 300 ; MUSC 305 ; PHIL 130 *; PHYS 101 *; RMM 411 , RMM 412 ; 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.
  4. Any courses not already required for the major.
  5. 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 approved Volunteer Core  Social Sciences * list.
  6. This requirement will be met if a transfer student transfers in any Biology class(es) with lab totaling at least 4 credit hours.
  7. 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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