UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Crops and Soils Major

Foundation Courses in Agriculture 12 cr. hrs.
PLSC 161 Introduction to Plant Science 3 cr.
SOIL 120 Introduction to Soil Science 3 cr.
AGEC 230 Agricultural Economics I 3 cr.
Select one from:
AGEN 150 Agricultural & Environmental Engineering Technology 3 cr.
ANSC 111 Introduction to Animal Science 3 cr.
FDSC 110 The Science of Food 3 cr.

Major Requirements 54-64 Total Credits
Required Courses: 16 cr. hrs.

CROP 263 Forage Crop Production 3 cr.
CROP 266 Crop and Soybean Production 3 cr.
CROP 285 Communication Seminar in Crops and Soils 1 cr.
SOIL 311 Soil Fertility 4 cr.
SOIL 440 Soil and Water Conservation 4 cr.
CROP 485 Seminar in Agronomy 1 cr.

Options (choose one):

Crop Science

Crop Science Option 48 cr. hrs.

CROP 257 Genetics 3 cr.
CROP 260 Plant and Seed Identification 3 cr.
CROP 345 Weed Control 3 cr.
CROP 410 Plant Breeding and Crop Improvement 3 cr.
CROP 435 Crop Physiology 4 cr.
CROP 451 Integrated Pest Management 3 cr.
ANSC 341 Biometrics 3 cr.
AGBI 251 Agricultural Biochemistry 3 cr.
AGBI 252 Agricultural Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques 1 cr.
BIOL 314 Plant Pathology 3 cr.
BIOL 333 Entomology 3 cr.
CHEM 230 General Organic Chemistry 3 cr.

Select one course from the following:

AGEC 355 Agricultural Marketing and Production 3 cr.
AGEC 360 Farm Management 3 cr.
AGEC 365 Agricultural Finance 3 cr.
AGEC 410 Professional Selling 3 cr.

Directed Electives 10 cr. hrs.

(consult with crop science faculty for courses)

Soil Science

Soil Science Option 38-42 cr. hrs.

SOIL 250 Soil Profile Descriptions 2 cr.
SOIL 325 Hydric Soils and Wetland Environments 3 cr.
SOIL 350 Soil Development 2 cr.
SOIL 460 Soil Physics 3 cr.
CHEM 230 General Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
GEOL 101 Introductory Geology 3 cr.
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab 1 cr.
GEOL 327 Geomorphology and Glacial Geology 4 cr.
ESM 360 Applied Hydrology and Water Quality 4 cr.

Select two courses from the following:
CROP 267 Small Grain and Miscellaneous Crop Production 3 cr.
CROP 345 Weed Control 3 cr.
CROP 363 Pasture Management 2 cr.
CROP 368 Sustainable Agriculture 3 cr.
CROP 435 Crop Physiology 4 cr.
CROP 451 Integrated Pest Management 3 cr.
ESM 305 Environmental Impact Assessment 2 cr.
ESM 412 Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment 3 cr.
ESM 413 Environmental Analysis 4 cr.
GEOL 417 Hazardous Waste Operation & Emergency Response 2 cr.
GEOL 445 Hydrogeology 4 cr.

Select two courses from the following:

AGEN 363 Precision Agriculture Technology 3 cr.
ANSC 341 Biometrics 3 cr.
ESM 333 Remote Sensing of Natural Resources 3 cr.
ESM 363 GIS Applications in Resource Management 3 cr.
GENG 235 Surveying 3 cr.
GENG 236 Advanced Surveying 3 cr.
GEOG 250 Intro Cartography and GIS 3 cr.
GEOG 360 GIS: Theory and Methods 3 cr.

Select one course from the following:
ENGL 266 Business Writing 3 cr.
ENGL 367 Technical Writing 3 cr.

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture Option 38-41 cr. hrs.

ESM 105 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 cr.
SOCI 332 Environmental Sociology 3 cr.
AGEC 250 World Food and Population 3 cr.
CROP 368 Sustainable Agriculture 3 cr.
ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability 3 cr.
CROP 468 Organic Food Production Systems 3 cr.
CROP 451 Integrated Pest Management 3 cr.

Select two courses of the following:
AGEN 325 Alternative Energy Systems 3 cr.
HORT 169 Introduction to Horticulture 3 cr.
HORT 327 Vegetable Science and Production 4 cr.
HORT 347 Fruit Science and Production 4 cr.
CROP 260 Plant and Seed Identification 3 cr.
CROP 363 Pasture Management 2 cr.
CROP 345 Weed Control 3 cr.
CROP 410 Plant Breeding and Crop Improvement 3 cr.
BIOL 314 Plant Pathology 3 cr.
BIOL 333 Entomology 3 cr.
FDSC 238 Meat and Meat Products 3 cr.
FDSC 259 Cereal Technology 3 cr.
ANSC 257 Genetics 3 cr.
ANSC 231 Principles of Nutrition 3 cr.
ANSC 232 Applied Feeds and Feeding 3 cr.
ANSC 365 Poultry Production 3 cr.
ANSC 366 Swine Production 3 cr.
ANSC 367 Beef Production 3 cr.
ANSC 368 Sheep Production 3 cr.
ANSC 369 Equine Production 3 cr

Select two courses of the following:

AGEC 240 Cooperatives 3 cr.
AGEC 355 Agricultural Marketing and Prices 3 cr.
AGEC 360 Farm Management 3 cr.
AGEC 361 Horticulture Business Management 3 cr.
AGEC 450 Introduction to Natural Resource Economics 3 cr.
AGEC 495 Direct Marketing 3 cr.
AGEC 410 Professional Selling 3 cr.

Select two courses of the following:
AGED 202 Leadership and Group Dynamics 3 cr.
ESM 151 Introduction to Land Use Theory and Practice 3 cr.
GEOG 120 Human Geography 3 cr.
GEOG 214 World Patterns of Plants and Animals 3 cr.
GEOG 220 Economic Geography 3 cr.
PHIL 240 Social Ethics 3 cr.
PHIL 303 Environmental Ethics 3 cr.
PHIL 304 Business Ethics 3 cr.
POLS 256 Public Policymaking 3 cr.
Electives 4-6 cr.

General Education Requirements

The following general education courses are required in the major: MATH 146 or equivalent, CHEM 121, ENGL 100, ENGL 200, BIOL 150, P ED 108, as well as the student's choice of COMS 101 or COMS 116.

University Requirements

Students must complete a three-credit course related to American Cultural Diversity (the University D requirement), as well as a three-credit course related to Global Perspectives (the University G requirement).

Department of Plant and Earth Science

324 Agricultural Science
715-425-3345
www.uwrf.edu/PES/

Donavon Taylor-Chair, Jarod Blades, Jill Coleman Wasik, Holly Dolliver, Terry Ferriss, Allison Gale, Veronica Justen, Kerry Keen, Eric Sanden, Brian Smith, Pamela Weller, Ian Williams, David Zlesak

Three options exist for students who select the Crop and Soil Science major: 1) Crop Science, 2) Soil Science, and 3) Sustainable Agriculture. The Crop Science option is designed for students who wish to focus their studies on plants and the use of plants for food, feed and fiber. Students learn about crop management, biotechnology, crop physiology, crop quality, as well as genetics and plant breeding. The Soil Science option is designed for those whose interests include the basic components and properties of soils, soil conservation, soil fertility, soil hydrology, and the management of soils to produce crops in a sustainable way. The Sustainable Agriculture option is the study of economically viable production systems that promote land productivity, energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, and rural community viability.