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Integrated Pest Management in Cropping Systems Minor

College of Food, Agri & Natural Resource Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 21
Students in this interdisciplinary minor learn how the environment and cropping systems interact with the biology of the major agronomic or horticultural crop pests. Students also learn to select and apply efficient, economically and environmentally sound pest management tactics. Courses come from agronomy and plant genetics, entomology, horticultural science, plant pathology, and soil, water, and climate. The minor provides sufficient knowledge and skills for employment in agricultural crop protection, product development and sales, crop management consultation, pest regulation, research, or application of agricultural crop protection materials. Students must complete 20 credits for this minor.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Minor Courses Required
AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants (3.0 cr)
ENT 1005 - Insect Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
HORT 3005W - Introduction to Plant Physiology [WI] (4.0 cr)
PLPA 2001 - Introductory Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
Course List - Management and Applied Courses
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 2501 - Plant Identification for Urban and Rural Landscapes (1.0 cr)
· AGRO 4605 - Strategies for Agricultural Production and Management (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 4888 - Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
· CFAN 3001 - Pests and Crop Protection (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 2333 - Insects, Microbes, and Plants: Ecology of Pest Management [TS] (3.0 cr)
· ENT 4001 - Agroecology and Insect Pests (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5341 - Biological Control of Insects and Weeds (3.0-4.0 cr)
· HORT 4061W - Turfgrass Management [WI] (3.0 cr)
· HORT 5032 - Organic Vegetable Production (3.0 cr)
· PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3.0 cr)
 
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AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ecology/biology of invasive plant species (weeds). Principles of invasive plant management in agricultural/horticultural, urban, wetland, aquatic, and other non-cropland landscape systems, utilizing biological, cultural, and chemical means. Management strategies to design systems that optimize invasive plant management in terms of economic, environmental, and social impacts. prereq: 4005, [Bio 3002 or equiv], Soil 2125, [Agro 2501 or Hort 1011]
ENT 1005 - Insect Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01880
Typically offered: Every Fall
Diverse biology of insects and their arthropod relatives. Insect behavior (including social insects), pollination, herbivory, insects as disease vectors, beneficial insects, insect population dynamics/ecology. Insects' role in natural, agricultural, and urban, systems. Lecture/lab.
HORT 3005W - Introduction to Plant Physiology (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to physiological basis for effects of environment on plant growth/development. How to produce optimal plant growth. Experimental technique, data analysis, scientific writing. Lecture, readings, lab.
PLPA 2001 - Introductory Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Biology of the major groups of plant pathogens, symptoms and signs of plant disease, plant disease diagnosis, and principles of disease management. Lecture and laboratory. prereq: BIOL 1009 or equiv
AGRO 2501 - Plant Identification for Urban and Rural Landscapes
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Identification of weed species and native herbaceous plants that are important in crop production, turf management, horticulture production, and landscapes systems. This course will emphasize the identification of weed species and other plants found in Minnesota and the upper Midwest area of the United States. Plant families, life cycles, habitats and relationships to humans. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv
AGRO 4605 - Strategies for Agricultural Production and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Information/tools necessary to make informed land management decisions in ever-evolving economic, policy, climate environments. Evaluate hows, whats, whys of crop management by solving real-world problems that agricultural professionals face. State-of-the-art production/management practices for major agricultural crops in Minnesota. Lectures feature agricultural professionals/experts. Lab component provides hands-on experience with modern equipment/data interpretation. prereq: 1101 or equivalent, [CHEM1015/17 or equivalent], SOIL1125 or equivalent], [jr or sr or grad student or instr consent]
AGRO 4888 - Issues in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Agroecology, sustainable practices, production economics, environmental quality, holistic resource management, healthy food/water, rural communities. Meet sustainable-agriculture advocates, including farmers, faculty, and representatives of non-profit sustainable-agriculture organizations. prereq: 1103, Soil 1125 or 2125 or equiv
CFAN 3001 - Pests and Crop Protection
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to biology/identification of insects, weeds, and diseases that affect agricultural crops. Management of these organisms based on principles of integrated pest management. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv or instr consent
CFAN 2333 - Insects, Microbes, and Plants: Ecology of Pest Management (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course uses fundamental concepts of ecology and evolution to illuminate and solve the challenges in managing insects and microbes in today's global context of food and fiber production. Students will learn relevant aspects of insect and microbial biology to be able to situate concrete management problems in an appropriate ecological and evolutionary conceptual framework. Students will apply these concepts and discuss ecological and management controversies, such as what can we learn from natural areas to better manage food and fiber production systems. Case studies, readings, and discussion topics will emphasize factors influencing responsible management decisions.
ENT 4001 - Agroecology and Insect Pests
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Evaluation of the ecological processes that operate in agricultural production systems as they relate to insect pest management, emphasizing an ecologically-based, integrated approach to managing arthropod pests of agronomic and horticulture crops. prereq: CFANS3333 OR CFANS3001, General Biology (BIOL 1009) or equivalent, or instructor consent. A course in insect biology will be useful but is not required.
ENT 5341 - Biological Control of Insects and Weeds
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Biological control of arthropod pests and weeds. Analysis of relevant ecological theory and case studies; biological control agents. Lab includes natural enemy identification, short experiments, and computer exercises. prereq: 3001, Biol 1009, EEB 3001 or grad
HORT 4061W - Turfgrass Management (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biology of turfgrasses, ecology of landscape systems. Installation, management, and culture of turfgrass communities and landscape plant systems. Sod production, industrial grounds, lawn care, park/recreation areas, athletic field/business management. Case studies. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
HORT 5032 - Organic Vegetable Production
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Integrated management of vegetable cropping. Site selection/environment, seed/stand establishment, cultural management, commodity use, handling. Types of vegetable cultivars. Breeding, physiological/environmental control. prereq: [3005, SOIL 2125] or instr consent
PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of disease resistance in plants and the genetics of host-parasite interactions as they relate to the sustainable control of plant diseases. Examples explored at the Mendelian, populational, and molecular level of organization. prereq: 2001, BIOL 4003