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The organic production - Department of Plant Sciences

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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 Research Unit located near the
University of Tennessee campus.

ENGL 101: English Comp I* (3)
ENGL 102: English Comp II* (3)
CMST 210 (Public Speaking) or 240* (Business and Professional Communication): (3)

BIOL 111: General Botany I* (4)
BIOL 112: General Botany II* (4)
BCMB 321 (Plant Physiology; 3) or PLSC 348 (Landscape Plant Physiology; 2) or FORS 414 (Tree
Physiology; 3)
BIOL 250: General Ecology (4)

CHEM 100: Prin. Of Chem.* (4) and CHEM 110: Intro. Org. Chem.* (4)
or
CHEM 120: Gen. Chem.* (4) and CHEM 130: Gen. Chem.* (4)

Quantitative Reasoning Elective* (3)
Quantitative Reasoning Elective* (3)

Social Science Elective*(3)
Social Science Elective*(3)
or
AGEC 201: Economics of Global Food and Fiber System (4)*

Arts & Humanities Elective * (3)
Arts & Humanities Elective * (3)

Cultures & Civilizations* (3)
Cultures & Civilizations* (3)

Some suggested electives that meet certain Gen. Ed. requirements:
NUTR 100: Introductory Nutrition* (3)
PHIL 245: Environmental Ethics* (3)
SOCI 110: Social Justice and Social Change* (3)
SOCI 260: Introduction to the Study of Environmental Issues* (3)
GEOL 201: Biodiversity* (3)



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Departmental Course Requirements (19 hrs):
PLSC 210: Hort. Princ. & Practices (3)
PLSC 275: Organic & Sustainable Crop Production (3)
PLSC 330: Plant Propagation (3)
PLSC 415: Agroecology (4)
PLSC 434: Fruit & Vegetable Crops (3)
PLSC 492: Summer Internship (3)

Select four courses from (12 hrs):
PLSC 220 or 221: Landscape Plants (3)
PLSC 331: Interpreting Research Findings
PLSC 410: Nursery Management and Production* (3)
PLSC 430: Greenhouse Management (3)
PLSC 435: Field & Forage Crops (3)
PLSC 452: Plant Biotech, Genetics & Breeding (3)
PLSC 457: Weed Management (3)
PLSC 461: Statistics for Biological Research (3)
PLSC 493: Plant Nutrition (3) or other special topics

Non-Dept. Ag. Requirements (16 hrs):
ESS 210: Intro Soils (4)
ESS 334: Soil Fertility (3)
EPP 313: Plant Pathology (3)
EPP 321: Economic Entomology (3)
AGNR 290: Microcomp. Applications* (3)

Select one course from (3 hrs):
ESS 434: Soil Chemistry (3)
ESS 454: Soil Biology (3)

Select one course from (1 hr):
AGNR 100: Orientation Studies* (1)
FYS 101: First year studies* (1)

Technical Electives (12 hrs):
300-level above from Agricultural Economics, Environmental & Soil Science, Forestry, Plant Sciences, ,
Entomology and Plant Pathology, Geology; 200-level and above from Biology, Business Administration;
Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biosystems Engineering, Biosystems Engineering
Technology, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Food Science, Management, Marketing,
Microbiology, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, or approved foreign language.
ACCT 200: Foundations of Accounting (3)
AGEC 212: The Agribusiness Firm (3)
BULW 301: Legal Environment of Business (3)
ENGL 295: Business and Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 360: Technical and Professional Writing (3)
FDST 150: History and Culture of Food (3)
FINC 300: Fundamentals of Finance (3)
GEOL 201: Biodiversity: Past, Present, and Future (3)

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GEOL 202: Earth as an Ecosystem; Modern Problems and Solutions (3)
GEOL 206: Sustainability: Reducing our Impact on Planet Earth (3)
JREM 450: Writing about Science and Medicine (3)
JREM 451: Environmental Writing (3)
JREM 456: Science Writing as Literature (3)
PHIL 130: Critical Thinking (3)
PHYS 101: How Things Work
SOCI 360: Environment & Resources (3)

Unrestricted electives (6 hrs)




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