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Plant Industries Management B.S.

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  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2006. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2013
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 72
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The B.S. in plant industries management is a career-oriented program that combines science-based agriculture training and education with a strong liberal arts background to produce graduates skilled in the highly technical fields of agronomy, soils, and horticulture.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Liberal Education Requirements
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
Technology Requirement
CA 1010 - Introduction to Computer Technology (1.0 cr)
CA 1xxx
Program Requirements
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)
AGRO 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3023 - Plant Breeding and Genetics (4.0 cr)
AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
or GNAG 2899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 3900 - Internship (0.5-3.0 cr)
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
Program Electives
Take 6 credits of agricultural economics, agricultural systems management, or business courses, selected in consultation with adviser.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Agronomy
This emphasis is flexible so students can build a thorough understanding of crop science with a concentration in areas such as crop production, diversified agriculture, agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, integrated pest management, seed conditioning and technology, or other areas related to production and quality in the food and fiber industries.
Agronomy Requirements
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3630 - Integrated Crop Management (Capstone) (3.0 cr)
Agronomy Electives
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 1540 - Seed Conditioning and Technology (4.0 cr)
· AGRO 2840 - Grain and Seed Evaluation (4.0 cr)
· AGRO 3130 - Forages (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
Agriculture/Agronomy Electives
Take 7 credits in these areas, selected in consultation with adviser.
Horticulture
This emphasis exposes students to various disciplines within horticulture such as plant propagation, woody and herbaceous plant materials, turf, residential and commercial landscaping, greenhouse and nursery production, and floral design/flower shop management. Faculty work with students to develop an appropriate plan of study tailored to the individual.
Horticulture Requirements
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
HORT 1010 - Introduction to Horticulture (3.0 cr)
HORT 1021 - Woody Plant Materials (4.0 cr)
HORT 3034 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Spring (4.0 cr)
HORT 3036 - Plant Propagation (4.0 cr)
Horticulture Electives
Take 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TURF 1072 - Principles of Turf Management (3.0 cr)
· HORT 3030 - Landscape Design (4.0 cr)
· HORT 3031 - Herbaceous Perennial Plant Materials (2.0 cr)
· HORT 1091 - Indoor Flowering and Foliage Plants (2.0 cr)
· HORT 1092 - Floral Design (2.0 cr)
· HORT 3093 - Advanced Floral Design and Florist Operations (2.0 cr)
· HORT 3033 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Fall (4.0 cr)
· HORT 3040 - Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3.0 cr)
Agriculture/Agronomy Electives
Take 6 credits in these areas, selected in consultation with adviser.
 
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BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things. Energy recruitment/utilization. Flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Lab. prereq: High school science courses
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who do not need professional-level general chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, chemical equations, quantitative relationships, behavior of gases, phases of matter, solution chemistry, chemical dynamics, acid/base chemistry, oxidation-reduction process, nuclear processes, introduction to organic and biochemistry. prereq: High school algebra, high school chem
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Organic chemistry as applied to important biochemical molecules.
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic algebraic operations, linear/quadratic equations/inequalities, variation. Functions/graphs. Theory of equations. Exponential/logarithmic functions. Systems of equations. Mathmatical modeling/applications. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, normal distribution, binomial distribution, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, correlation, regression, chi-square, ANOVA. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
CA 1010 - Introduction to Computer Technology
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to computer literacy, care of laptop, policies, e-mail and word processing essentials, PALS and portfolio development.
BIOL 2022 - General Botany
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of plant biology. Organization, function, growth/development, and reproductive biology of plants and plant-like organisms. Lab included. prereq: 1009 or 1009H
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic principles of Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics. Computer simulations/models used to study aberrations and their implications. Lab. prereq: Biol 1009, Chem 1021 or 1401, Math 1031 or 1131 or 1150
BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Plant functions with emphasis on higher plants. Growth and development, mineral nutrition, translocation, water relations, photosynthesis, and nitrogen metabolism. Lab. prereq: 2022, Chem 1401
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of current literature. Preparation/delivery of special topics. Preparation of abstracts, papers, and visual aids. Evaluation of seminars. Use of library and other resources, including computer information search. Use of new technology. prereq: Sr or instructor consent
AGRO 2573 - Entomology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01679 - AGRO2573/NATR2573
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Insect taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology. Emphasis on insects of economic importance, especially in the Upper Midwest. Control methods, including integrated pest management. prereq: Agro 1183 or Hort 1010
AGRO 3023 - Plant Breeding and Genetics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of plant breeding. Emphasizes application of genetic principles to plant breeding. Genetic variation, selection methods, cultivar development. Examples from common field/horticultural crops. prereq: BIOL 1009
AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Experimental design and methodology in agriculture and natural resources research. Basic philosophy, data interpretation and analysis, and application of research information to practical management situations. prereq: Math 1150, Jr or Sr
AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nature, diagnosis, and management of plant diseases. Identification, control, and life cycles of representative plant diseases significant in the Upper Midwest that illustrate plant pathology principles. prereq: Agro 1183 or Hort 1010, Biol 1009
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. prereq: Chem 1001
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expectations/responsibilities of internships. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900. Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
GNAG 2899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expectations/responsibilities of internships. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900. Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
GNAG 3900 - Internship
Credits: 0.5 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional work experience in agricultural business, governmental agency. Report/consultation with faculty advisor/employer. prereq: 3899, [soph or sr]
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Student who have recently completed internships prepare/deliver a PowerPoint presentation of experience/knowledge gained. Discussions between post/pre-internship students, staff, and invited guests. prereq: GnAg 3900
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles and cultural practices used in growing certain row crops, small grains, oil crops, and specialty crops.
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. prereq: [BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent
AGRO 3630 - Integrated Crop Management (Capstone)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Capstone. Patterned after the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) crops contest. Students will be tested in major areas of agronomy featured in NACTA contest. For each test area, students must reach a predetermined minimum score to earn a passing grade. prereq: 1030, 1540, 2640, 3030, 3230, SOIL 3414
AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Morphological characteristics used in mature plant, seedling, and seed identification. Identifying economically important crops and weeds in all stages of growth throughout the United States.
AGRO 1540 - Seed Conditioning and Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Seed laws, certification standards, purity analysis, germination tests, vigor tests, principles of seed conditioning, handling equipment. Tours of facilities processing small grains, sunflowers, grasses, and legumes. prereq: 1030
AGRO 2840 - Grain and Seed Evaluation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analytical techniques, procedures, and practices in interpreting U.S. grain standards. Identifying seeds of crops, weeds, and diseases. Lab practice in grading grain according to U.S. standards and determining grain quality. prereq: 1030
AGRO 3130 - Forages
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Characteristics, distribution, preservation, and uses of forage crops for pasture, silage, hay, and soil improvement. Cultural practices, disease and insect control, seed production, forage storage. Interrelationships between animals and plants as they relate to selection, production, and utilization of forage crops.
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops. prereq: 1183
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. prereq: Chem 1001, Math 1031, Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. prereq: Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applied use of agriculture chemicals. Safety, toxicity, efficacy, phytotoxicity, recommendations, environmental interactions. prereq: 1030
HORT 1010 - Introduction to Horticulture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Environmental considerations, planting, propagation, pruning, and protection of horticultural crops. Greenhouse/field experience.
HORT 1021 - Woody Plant Materials
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification, ecology, and use of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and vines. prereq: 1010 or instructor consent
HORT 3034 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Spring
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of greenhouse structure and management. Heating and cooling requirements, lighting photoperiod control, soil sterilization, production of winter grown greenhouse crops such as mums, azaleas, cineraria. Identification and culture of annual bedding plants. Wholesale production, use of annual flowers in residential and commercial landscape design. prereq: 1010
HORT 3036 - Plant Propagation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Plant propagation techniques for the commercial and home propagator. Mist system construction and operation. Propagation of plants by tissue culture, seed, cutting, layering, grafting, and division. prereq: 1010, Biol 2022
TURF 1072 - Principles of Turf Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Species identification. Cultural requirements/principles for establishing, producing, and maintaining turf. Golf course turf care/maintenance.
HORT 3030 - Landscape Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of aesthetic, environmental, and functional design principles to creative planning/development of residential/commercial landscapes. Emphasizes low impact and sustainability. prereq: 1021
HORT 3031 - Herbaceous Perennial Plant Materials
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Identification, classification, ecology, and landscape uses of perennial flowers, bulbs, ground covers, and wildflowers.
HORT 1091 - Indoor Flowering and Foliage Plants
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Identification, culture, and propagation of foliage plants used in interior decoration.
HORT 1092 - Floral Design
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles for design related to floral arrangement, identification, use, and care of cut flowers common to florist industry.
HORT 3093 - Advanced Floral Design and Florist Operations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Advanced floral design. Management/business issues unique to floral industry. prereq: 1092
HORT 3033 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Fall
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification and culture of holiday pot plants and major cut flower crops. Soil preparation, artificial mixes, soil testing, applying soil test results; greenhouse pests, life cycle, control and management. prereq: 1010
HORT 3040 - Landscape Installation and Maintenance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applied horticulture practices in planting landscape materials, installing hardscapes, and maintaining residential/commercial landscapes. Proper use/maintenance of equipment. Emphasizes environmental/sustainability considerations.