The Plant Biotechnology, Genetics, and Breeding concentration provides expertise in the fundamentals of plant molecular biology and their application to crop improvement. The focus is on the integration of new DNA-based methods with the principles of plant breeding and genetics to enhance production. Graduates work in plant breeding and biotechnology companies and public research institutions, or continue with graduate work.

Effective Fall 2012

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AGRI 192 or 292Orientation to Agricultural Systems
Transfer Seminar
 1
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
LIFE 103Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants 4
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
SOCR 100General Crops 4
 Total Credits 32
Sophomore
 
Select one from the following: 3
Plants and Civilizations (GT-SS3)3E 
World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)3E 
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C3
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
FSHN 125 or 150Food and Nutrition in Health
Survey of Human Nutrition
 2-3
PH 110Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)3A3
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3B3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 32-33
Junior
 
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry 4
Select eight credits from the following: 8
Molecular Genetics  
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction  
Integrated Pest Management  
Population and Evolutionary Genetics  
Molecular Cytogenics  
Genetics of Model Organisms  
Medicinal and Value-Added Uses of Plants  
Topics in Organic Agriculture  
Horticulture Food Crops: Cool Season Vegetable Production  
Horticulture Food Crops: Warm Season Vegetable Production  
Horticulture Food Crops: Small Fruit Production  
Horticulture Food Crops: Tree Fruit Production  
General Microbiology  
Microbial Genetics  
Select two groups from the following: 6
Group A:
  
Applied and General Entomology  
Entomology Laboratory: Agricultural  
Group B:
  
Ecology and Management of Weeds  
Group C:
  
Elements of Plant Pathology  
BZ 310Cell Biology 4
JTC 300Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)23
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
Electives1 3
 Total Credits 31
Senior
 
BZ 440Plant Physiology 3
Select one from the following: 3
Plant Breeding4A,4B,4C 
Applications of Plant Biotechnology4A,4B,4C 
SOCR 486Practicum4C1
SOCR 492Seminar4A1
Arts and Humanities3B3
Soil and Crop Electives 8
Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following suggested courses:
  
Crop Development Techniques  
Soil Fertility Management  
Irrigation Principles  
Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture  
Seed Processes: Storage and Deterioration  
Large Seeded Legume Seed Production  
Seed Processes: Separation and Conditioning  
Crop and Soil Management Systems II  
Soil Microbiology  
Global Challenges in Plant and Soil Science  
Independent Study  
Electives1 5-6
 Total Credits 24-25
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to 120, with a minimum of 42 upper division credits.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   1
Orientation to Agricultural Systems    
Transfer Seminar    
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A1
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)X 1B1
SOCR 100General Crops   4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
LIFE 103Biology of Organisms-Animals and PlantsX  4
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1)  1B1
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B4
AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)  3C3
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry   4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1
PH 110Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)  3A3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
LIFE 102 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Plants and Civilizations (GT-SS3)  3E 
World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)  3E 
Select one course from the following:   2-3
Food and Nutrition in Health    
Survey of Human Nutrition    
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  3B3
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics   3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
CHEM 245 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   17
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry   4
Select two groups from the following:   6
Group A:    
Applied and General Entomology    
Entomology Laboratory: Agricultural    
Group B:    
Ecology and Management of Weeds    
Group C:    
Elements of Plant Pathology    
Elective   3
Genetics or Horticulture Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   4
 Total Credits   17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 310Cell Biology   4
JTC 300Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  23
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Genetics or Horticulture Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   4
SOCR 330 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Applications of Plant Biotechnology  4A,4B,4C 
Plant Breeding  4A,4B,4C 
SOCR 492SeminarX 4A1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Soil and Crop Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   5
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 440Plant PhysiologyX  3
SOCR 486PracticumX 4C1
Soil and Crop Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3
ElectiveX  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   10
 Program Total Credits:   120