EXPIRED--Plant and Soil Systems

Don Labonte, Walsh, Maud  |  3/12/2008 9:16:11 PM

Agronomy

Students interested in agronomy in the Plant & Soil Systems curriculum can choose from three concentrations.

Crop Science focuses on the study of food and fiber production with emphasis on crop physiology, crop pests, genetics, soil science, economics and experimental statistics. The concentration provides a good background of basic sciences for students who wish to pursue graduate studies. Crop scientists are prepared for careers as producers, consultants and crop production specialists, farm managers, plant breeders and extension and state regulatory agencies. 

Soil Science focuses on soils as a natural resource supporting agronomic production and environmental quality. The program applies classical sciences to soils with a focus on use of soils for optimal crop production, land use development, and management. Soil scientists work in a range of different industries from government agencies (USDA), to private companies and consultancies.

Agricultural Pest Management combines a study of weed science, plant pathology and entomology and features a strong core of courses in agriculture, biological and physical sciences, as well as practical training through an internship work experience. Flexibility in course selection allows students to personalize degree programs for employment with industry, state and federal research, extension and regulatory agencies, private agricultural consulting firms, farmer’s cooperatives, nurseries and home and garden centers, greenhouse plant production, corporate farms or to pursue graduate studies.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Agricultural Pest Management or Agronomy may take suggested courses for the minor as part of approved and free electives.

Areas of Concentration

Agricultural Pest Management (29-32 hours)

Dairy Science 2072 or Biological Sciences 2153; Biological Sciences 4041 or 4055; Plant Health/Entomology 3002; Plant Health 4001; Agronomy 4070, 4071; Entomology 2001, 4006; Entomology 4001, 4012; Entomology/Plant Health 4018; Plant Health/Entomology 3000; Plant Health 4014 (select two).

Crop Science (29-31 hrs.)

Agronomy 1001; Agronomy 3040, 4070, 4078, 4080; Biological Sciences 1011 or 2051; Biological Sciences 2083; Biological Sciences 2153 or ANSC 2072; Entomology 4006; Plant Health 4001

Soil Science (30-31 hours)

Agronomy 4055, 4056, 4058; Biological Sciences 1011 or 2051; Chemistry 2001, 2002; Geology 1001, 1601; Mathematics 1022; Physics 2001, 2108.

Horticulture

Four areas of horticultural concentration (environmental horticulture, landscape management, turfgrass management, and horticultural science) are designed to prepare students for various career opportunities using a cross-disciplinary studies approach. Prior to entering the program, students are encouraged to consult the curriculum coordinator for guidance in selecting courses.

Students selecting the environmental horticulture area of concentration will be prepared for careers in ornamental crop production, landscape horticulture, or the production and processing of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Students will become familiar with essential aspects of landscape and interiorscape installation and maintenance. Careers include interior and exterior landscape managers, horticulture educations, wholesale production of horticulture plants, retail managers and owners, arboreta, botanical gardens, and tissue culture propagation. Career opportunities in vegetable and fruit science include jobs as field representatives and farm consultants, food processors, agricultural chemical suppliers, and produce brokers.

Students selecting the landscape management area of concentration are prepared to construct landscape sites, as well as plant and maintain woody and herbaceous plants, turfgrass ornamental bulbs, and related crops. Course work in this area is more closely allied to landscape management and less so to production practices. Careers are centered on owning and operating landscape management companies.

Students selecting the turfgrass management area of concentration pursue careers as sports field managers; golf course superintendents; or professionals employed by the urban agricultural products industry. In addition to the basic core courses in the curriculum, students study turf and ornamental management, pest identification and control, pesticide application techniques, landscape design and small engine maintenance. Twelve hours of business electives provide additional experience in financial and personal management.

Students selecting the horticultural science area of concentration are prepared to pursue graduate studies in horticulture and related sciences. Horticultural scientists conduct research in areas such as crop culture and management; molecular biology; plant breeding and genetics; plant growth and development; plant metabolism and nutrition; propogation; post harvest and stress physiology; and tissue culture.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Horticulture may take suggested courses for the minor as part of approved and free electives.

Areas of Concentration

Environmental Horticulture (32 hrs.)

Entomology 2001; Horticulture 2122, 2124, 2125, 2050, 2061, 2086, 3015, 4020, 4071; Agronomy 4070

Horticultural Science (33 hrs.)

Dairy Science 2072; Biological Sciences 2083; Entomology 2001; Experimental Statistics 2201; Horticulture 2050, 2061, 4012, 4020, 4096

Landscape Management (35 hrs.)

Entomology 2001; Horticulture 2020, 2022, 2025, 2050, 2061, 2086, 2122, 2124, 2125, 2130, 3015, 3040; Agronomy 4070 Students who complete the Associates of Science in General Science with a concentration in Landscape Management at Baton Rouge Community College and who meet the LSU admission requirements, can enter the LSU Landscape Management program at junior-level standing.

Turfgrass Management (32 hrs.)

Entomology 2001, 4012; Horticulture 2050, 2061, 2086, 2124, 2125, 2130, 3015, 4090; Agronomy 4070

Combined Agronomy/Horticulture

Sustainable Production Systems is a blend of applied agronomy and horticulture, with less emphasis on science and more focus on production and economics. Flexibility in course selection allows students to focus on specific areas of interest. Graduates are prepared for careers in private business, farm management, consulting, agricultural sales and service, nurseries and home and garden centers and extension and regulatory agencies.

Sustainable Production Systems (33 hrs.)

AGRO 1001, 3040, 4070; AGRO 4078 or 4080; AGEC 3213 or 3303 or 3413 or 4443; ENTM 2001; ENTM 4006 or 4012; PLHL 4001; HORT 2050, 2061 and 3503

Minors

Agricultural Pest Management

To graduate with a minor in agricultural pest management, students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of course work in pest management. Specific requirements include: ENTM 2001 or PLHL/ENTM 2050; PLHL 4000; AGRO 4070; and eight additional hours chosen from ENTM 4001, 4005, 4006, 4012, ENTM/PLHL 4018, PLHL 4001, AGRO 4071. Of the eight elective hours, at least one course must be from entomology.

Required classes:
ENTM 2001 Insects in the Environment or PLHL/ENTM 2050 Introduction to Pest Management
PLHL 4000 General Plant Pathology
AGRO 4070 Weed Science and the Environment

And 8 hours chosen from:
ENTM 4001 Household and Structural Pests
ENTM 4005 Insect Taxonomy
ENTM 4006 Fundamentals of Applied Entomology
ENTM 4012 Fundamentals of Horticultural Entomology
ENTM 4018 Forest Insects and Diseases (cross-listed with PLHL 4018)
PLHL 4001 Plant Disease Management and Control
AGRO 4071 Weed Biology and Ecology
(At least one course must be from Entomology.)

Note: some of these classes have prerequisites (see catalog or check with instructor).

Agronomy

To graduate with a minor in agronomy, students must complete seven hours consisting of AGRO 2051 and AGRO 3000 and 11 additional hours in agronomy. At least six hours of the 11 must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. The minor in agronomy is not available to students in plant and soil systems.

Required classes:
AGRO 2051 Soil Science
AGRO 3000 Principles of Crop Production

And 11 hours chosen from Agronomy, at least six of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Note: some of these classes have prerequisites (see catalog or check with instructor).

Horticulture

To graduate with a minor in horticulture, students must complete seven hours consisting of HORT 2050 and 2061; and 11 additional hours in horticulture. This minor is not available to students majoring in plant and soil systems.

Required classes:
HORT 2050 General Horticulture
HORT 2061 Plant Propagation

And 11 hours chosen from Horticulture.

Note: some of these classes have prerequisites (see catalog or check with instructor). 

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