Recommended Academic Plan for Agroecology/Plant Scinece Option (AGECO/PLTSC) at University Park

Effective Date: Fall 2011

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
BIOL 110 (GN) Biology:Basic Concepts and BiodiversityNotes for: BIOL 110

BIOL 110

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and CompositionNotes for: ENGL 015

ENGL 015

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 030 (GWS) Honors Freshman CompositionNotes for: ENGL 030

ENGL 030

Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
AG BM 101 (GS) Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision MakingNotes for: AG BM 101

AG BM 101

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ECON 102 (GS) Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and PolicyNotes for: ECON 102

ECON 102

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
2
MATH 140B (GQ) Calculus and Biology INotes for: MATH 140B

MATH 140B

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Total credits 16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
CHEM 110 (GN) Chemical Principles INotes for: CHEM 110

CHEM 110

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CHEM 111 (GN) Experimental Chemistry INotes for: CHEM 111

CHEM 111

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
1
SOILS 101 (GN) Introductory Soil ScienceNotes for: SOILS 101

SOILS 101

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
3
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective SpeechNotes for: CAS 100

CAS 100

Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
1.5
Total credits 15.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
CHEM 112 (GN) Chemical Principles IINotes for: CHEM 112

CHEM 112

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CHEM 113B (GN) Experimental Chemistry II - BioscienceNotes for: CHEM 113B

CHEM 113B

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
MATH 141B (GQ) Calculus and Biology IINotes for: MATH 141B

MATH 141B

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
PHIL 010 (GH) Critical ThinkingNotes for: PHIL 010

PHIL 010

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
1.5
AGRO 028 Principles of Crop Management
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or HORT 101 (GN) Horticultural ScienceNotes for: HORT 101

HORT 101

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15.5

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
2
1
AG 160 (GH) Introduction into Ethics and Issues in AgricultureNotes for: AG 160

AG 160

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CMPSC 203 (GQ) Introduction to Spreadsheets and DatabasesNotes for: CMPSC 203

CMPSC 203

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
BIOL 222 (GN) GeneticsNotes for: BIOL 222

BIOL 222

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
3
Total credits 16

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
3
3-4
Supporting CoursesNotes for: Supporting Courses

Supporting Courses

select 6 credits from business related course list and 11 credits from general course list in consultation with your adviser
4
1
General Education CourseNotes for: General Education Course

General Education Course

Arts (GA) Recommended
3
Total credits 14-15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
4
PHYS 250 (GN) Introductory Physics INotes for: PHYS 250

PHYS 250

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Supporting CoursesNotes for: Supporting Courses

Supporting Courses

select 6 credits from business related course list and 11 credits from general course list in consultation with your adviser
3
General Education CourseNotes for: General Education Course

General Education Course

Arts (GA) Recommended
3
STAT 250 (GQ) Introduction to BiostatisticsNotes for: STAT 250

STAT 250

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 17

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
3-4
ENGL 202C (GWS) Effective Writing: Technical WritingNotes for: ENGL 202C

ENGL 202C

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 202D (GWS) Effective Writing: Business WritingNotes for: ENGL 202D

ENGL 202D

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
PHYS 251 (GN) Introductory Physics IINotes for: PHYS 251

PHYS 251

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
1
3
Total credits 14-15

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
AGECO 461 Emerging Issues in Agrosystem ManagementNotes for: AGECO 461

AGECO 461

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Supporting CoursesNotes for: Supporting Courses

Supporting Courses

select 6 credits from business related course list and 11 credits from general course list in consultation with your adviser
7
3
Electives
1-2
Total credits 14-15

Additional Notes

Program Notes:
Minimum total credits is 123.
 
Elective courses as needed to make 123 credits
 
Academic Advising Notes:
 
Agroecology students should change their campus location to University Park by the beginning of their fifth semester, and consult regularly with their advisor to ensure proper course selection. 
 
Students should also take an active role in planning their course work in order to meet all requirements and to graduate in a timely manner. Keep track of your progress by reviewing your Degree Audit on eLion (https://elion.psu.edu/).
 
Courses offered only in the fall semester at UP: AGECO/AGRO 438, AGECO 457, AGECO 490, AGRO 028, AGRO 423, BIOL 127, BIOL 222, PPATH 405. 
 
Courses offered only in the spring semester at UP: AGECO 201, AGRO 425, SOILS 402, BIOL 220W. 
 
AGECO 201 introduces students to ecological principles as they relate to agriculture and will provide important concepts for upper level courses. It should be scheduled in the first spring semester at University Park.
 
AGECO 295 and 495 (Internship courses) are required for both options. These Internships provide an opportunity for out-of-classroom learning experience relevant to the student’s educational program. AGECO 295 (1-18 credits) may be scheduled for the 2rd, 3rd or 4th semester provided that the student has taken some agriculture and ecology related courses or has previous experience in agriculture. University Park students may schedule this class in consultation with their Agroecology adviser. Students at campuses other than University Park who have previous experience in agriculture may schedule this class in consultation with their academic adviser and with the approval of the Internship and Program Coordinator for the major. AGECO 495 (1-18 credits) is taken in the junior or senior year. At least one of these courses (AGECO 295 or 495) should include a summer on-farm experience. 
 
Agroecology students in the Plant Science option select 14 credits of supporting courses from related area. These supporting courses provide an opportunity for students topursue an area of related study that best fits their educational and career goals and often will fulfill a minor for the students. These courses need to be planned and scheduled in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. 

 

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

ENGL 030
Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
CAS 100
Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
Supporting Courses
select 6 credits from business related course list and 11 credits from general course list in consultation with your adviser
General Education Course
Arts (GA) Recommended
Supporting Courses
select 6 credits from business related course list and 11 credits from general course list in consultation with your adviser
General Education Course
Arts (GA) Recommended
Supporting Courses
select 6 credits from business related course list and 11 credits from general course list in consultation with your adviser