Undergraduate Curriculum

Plant and Soil Systems

The curriculum in plant and soil systems consolidates the curricula for the departments of Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture and Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology. Students in this curriculum take core courses that provide a basic knowledge required for specialization in one of the seven areas of concentration: agricultural pest management; crop management; horticultural science; ornamental, olericulture and pomology; soil science; turf grass management and urban entomology. Each area is further individualized by the addition of approved and free electives.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in agricultural pest management, agronomy, entomology or horticulture may take suggested courses for the minor as part of the approved and free electives. 

The Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology and the Department of Entomology offer an area of concentration in agricultural pest management, and the Department of Entomology offers an additional area of concentration in urban entomology. The agricultural pest management concentration is an interdisciplinary program of study in weed science, plant pathology and entomology. Effective management of pest problems in agriculture requires a broad base of knowledge in the pest disciplines and practical field experience. The agricultural pest management concentration features a strong core of courses in the three management disciplines; a strong background in agriculture, biological and physical sciences; and practical training through an internship. The urban entomology concentration is well suited for students who are interested in urban pest control, mosquito control, public health insect management and forensic entomology for criminal justice.

In both concentrations, a range of restricted and non-restricted electives allows students to personalize their degree programs for employment with agricultural industries such as chemical, seed or biotechnology companies; state and federal research, extension and regulatory agencies; private agricultural consulting firms; farmer cooperatives; nurseries, home and garden centers; golf courses; greenhouse plant production; corporate farms; urban pest control; public health insect management; and forensic entomology. Both concentrations require students to complete an internship providing practical experience in agricultural or urban pest management areas.

Total Semester Hours: 131 - 133
1For crop management and soil science areas of concentration
2For horticultural science; ornamental, olericulture and pomology; and turf grass management areas of concentration
3For agricultural pest management area of concentration
4For urban entomology area of concentration


Biological Sciences 1201, 1208 4
Biological Sciences 1202, 1209 4
Chemistry 1201, 1202, 1212 8
English 1000/1001, 1002 6
Mathematics 1021 3
Mathematics 10222 or Experimental Statistics 22011,3,4 3-4
General education arts course 3
General education social sciences course 3


Agronomy 2051 4
Chemistry 2060 or 2261 3
Agricultural Economics 2003 or Economics 2030 3
Communication studies 2060 3
General education humanities course 6
Area of concentration courses 12-13
Approved electives 3-2


Biological Sciences/Plant Health 3060 4
English 2002 or 3002 3
Agronomy 3010 or 30901 or Horticulture 3000 or 30102 or Plant Health/Entomology 30003,4 3
Plant Health 4000 3
Area of concentration courses 9
Approved electives 9
Electives or ROTC 3


Agronomy 40521,2,3 or Entomology 40014 4-3
Areas of concentration courses 11-9
Approved electives 12-15
Electives or ROTC 3
A list of approved electives is available from the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology

Note: Information available in the LSU General Catalog Undergraduate/Graduate.

7/20/2005 6:19:01 PM
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