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  • Plant Science

    The plant science major, offered jointly by the departments of Agronomy and Plant Pathology, enables students to apply principles associated with production and improvement of agronomic crops. Students will acquire knowledge about the scientific fundamentals of plant growth of field and forage crops. They will acquire knowledge about fungi, bacteria and viruses, as well as environmental factors that cause plant disease. This program prepares students to work in the lab and field settings and to develop applied skills for research and extension.

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    Before Graduating Students Must

    • Complete a research paper and an oral presentation with satisfactory faculty evaluation.
    • Achieve minimum grades of C in AEC 3030C and AEC 3033C. These courses are graded using rubrics developed by a faculty team.
    • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

    Students in the Major will Learn to

    Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    1. Describe plant growth and development in terms of plant morphology and physiology and evaluate the abiotic and biotic factors that impact plant growth and management.
    2. Recommend practices that growers and managers can implement to address the abiotic and biotic components of their cropping system.
    3. Analyze and apply science-based data to solve problems in plant production, distribution and/or utilization
    4. Design and evaluate a project that addresses a problem or challenge related to their area of interest.
    5. Create, interpret and analyze written text and multimedia presentations.
    6. Communicate effectively through oral and multimedia presentations.
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    Curriculum Map

    I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

    Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication

    SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 3 SLO 3
    AEC 3030C           I, R, A
    AEC 3033C          I, R, A
    PLS 3004C I I  I  I    
    PLS 4932 ​A ​A  A  A  A ​ A
    PLS 4941 R R  R  R  R  R
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    Assessment Types

    • Standardized post-test
    • Capstone and individual projects
    • Final grades
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