The sustainability of people and our planet relies on continued innovation in the way we grow food. Farming faces numerous complex challenges, as we need to feed a growing population, enhance the efficiency of agriculture, while addressing issues of soil degradation and pollution.

With a major in Soil and Crop Sciences in the Sustainable Agricultural Management Concentration, students gain a solid foundation of agronomic principles and practices to achieve economic and environmental sustainability while helping design and development the agroecosystems of tomorrow. Students build practical knowledge of farming systems and utilize advanced technologies to drive decision-making in cropping system management, while maintaining or improving soil health.

Effective Fall 2022

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AGRI 100Contemporary Agricultural Systems 1
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C3
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A4
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
SOCR 100General Crops 4
SOCR 171/HORT 171Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)1C3
SOCR 193Introductory Seminar 1
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)3A3
SOCR 210Microbiome Roles in a Sustainable Earth (GT-SC2)3A3
SOCR 221Crop Production Systems 1
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
Select one course from the following: 4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Intro. to Geographic Information Systems  
Select one course from the following: 3
General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods  
Arts and Humanities3B6
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
BZ 440Plant Physiology 3
SOCR 320Forage and Pasture Management 3
SOCR 350Soil Fertility Management 3
SOCR 351Soil Fertility Laboratory 1
SOCR 405/ESS 405Global Agriculture and Environmental Change 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Elements of Plant Pathology  
Principles of Microclimatology  
Soil Ecology  
Forest and Range Soils  
Topics in Organic Agriculture  
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology  
Select 2 of the following courses: 4-7
Principles of Genetics  
Composting Principles and Practices  
Soils and Global Change--Science and Impacts  
Pedology  
Soil Microbiology  
Advanced Writing 23
Upper-Division Electives 4-7
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
BSPM 302Applied and General Entomology 2
BSPM 308Ecology and Management of Weeds 3
SOCR 371Irrigation of Field Crops 1
SOCR 421Agroecosystem Management4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 425Internet of Ag Things--Sensors and Data Lab 2
SOCR 492Preparing for Impact--Your Career Journey4A,4C1
Select one course from the following: 1-2
Entomology Laboratory: General  
Entomology Laboratory: Horticultural  
Entomology Laboratory: Agricultural  
Select one course from the following: 1-4
Principles of Genetics  
Composting Principles and Practices  
Soils and Global Change--Science and Impacts  
Pedology  
Soil Microbiology  
Select 2 of the following courses: 6
Elements of Plant Pathology  
Principles of Microclimatology  
Topics in Organic Agriculture  
Soil Ecology  
Forest and Range Soils  
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology  
Select one course from the following: 1
Practicum4C 
Internship  
Upper-Division Electives1 4-8
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AGRI 100Contemporary Agricultural SystemsX  1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)X 1B1
SOCR 100General CropsX  4
SOCR 171/HORT 171Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)X 1C3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)X 3A4
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A1
SOCR 193Introductory SeminarX  1
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion X1C3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)X 3A3
SOCR 221Crop Production SystemsX  1
Select one course from the following:X  3
General Statistics (GT-MA1)  1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods    
Arts and Humanities X3B6
Social and Behavioral Sciences X3C3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 210Microbiome Roles in a Sustainable Earth (GT-SC2)X 3A3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil ScienceX  4
Select one course from the following:X  4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Intro. to Geographic Information Systems    
Historical Perspectives X3D3
 Total Credits   14
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select 2 of the following courses:X  4-7
Principles of Genetics    
Composting Principles and Practices    
Soils and Global Change--Science and Impacts    
Pedology    
Soil Microbiology    
Advanced Writing  X23
Upper-Division Electives X 4-7
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 440Plant PhysiologyX  3
SOCR 320Forage and Pasture ManagementX  3
SOCR 350Soil Fertility ManagementX  3
SOCR 351Soil Fertility LaboratoryX  1
SOCR 405/ESS 405Global Agriculture and Environmental ChangeX  3
Select one course from the following:X  3
Elements of Plant Pathology    
Principles of Microclimatology    
Soil Ecology    
Forest and Range Soils    
Topics in Organic Agriculture    
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology    
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BSPM 302Applied and General EntomologyX  2
BSPM 308Ecology and Management of WeedsX  3
SOCR 371Irrigation of Field CropsX  1
SOCR 421Agroecosystem ManagementX 4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 492Preparing for Impact--Your Career JourneyX 4A,4C1
Select one course from the following:X  1-2
Entomology Laboratory: General    
Entomology Laboratory: Horticultural    
Entomology Laboratory: Agricultural    
Select one course from the following:X  1-4
Principles of Genetics    
Composting Principles and Practices    
Soils and Global Change--Science and Impacts    
Pedology    
Forest and Range Soils    
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology    
 Total Credits   13
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 425Internet of Ag Things--Sensors and Data LabX  2
Select 2 of the following courses:X  6
Elements of Plant Pathology    
Principles of Microclimatology    
Topics in Organic Agriculture    
Soil Ecology    
Forest and Range Soils    
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology    
Select one course from the following:X  1
Practicum  4C 
Internship    
Upper-Division Electives X 4-8
 Total Credits   17
 Program Total Credits:   120