Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Agroecology Major

Agroecology is the interdisciplinary study of how agricultural production of plants and animals affects and is affected by the local environment. Agroecology emphasizes sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches to agricultural production. The agroecology major combines concepts of crop production with those of environmental protection to develop a balance between production and environmental issues. This major provides students the opportunity to specialize in ecological/sustainable aspects of crop production.  Potential areas of employment include: farm and environmental consulting, organic farms, parks, lawn care and maintenance companies, agricultural supply companies, cooperative extension, and state and federal government support agencies.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

GEF 5, 6, 79
Required Courses
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (preferred)1
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8)
Select one of the following; (GEF 1):6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry4
CHEM 112Survey of Chemistry4
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
Principles of Soil Science
and Principles of Soil Science Laboratory
AGRN 410Soil Fertility3
AGRN 451Principles of Weed Science3
Select one of the following (GEF 4):3
Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
and any 3 credit ARE course
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
ENTO 404Principles of Entomology4
ENVP 155Elements of Environmental Protection3
or ENVP 119 Soil in the City
or PLSC 105 Plants and People: Past and Present
GEN 101Beginner's Guide-Genetics3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 8)4
PPTH 401General Plant Pathology4
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference (GEF 8)3
Required Agroecology Courses15
Principles of Agroecology
Field Methods and Case Studies in Agroecology (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)
Select 2 of the following: *
Insect Ecology
Organic Crop Production
Forage Crops
Pick one of the following*
Special Topics
Professional Field Experience
Senior Thesis
Agroecology Electives (Students may specialize in the following options if desired)15
Option 1: Crop Science
Turfgrass Management
Environmental Soil Management
Grain and Special Crops
Special Topics
Independent Study
Plant Physiology
Pest Management
Principles of Genetics
General Horticulture
Plant Propagation
Vegetable Crops
Handling and Storage of Horticultural Crops
Greenhouse Management
Special Topics
Organic Crop Production
Option 2: Soil Health
Soil Survey and Land Use
Soil Genesis and Classification
Environmental Soil Management
Soil Physics
Grain and Special Crops
Reclamation of Disturbed Soils
General Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Soil Microbiology
Option 3: Plant Health Management
Grain and Special Crops
Pest Management
Forest Pest Management
Urban Tree and Shrub Health
Special Topics
Principles of Genetics
Organic Crop Production
General Plant Pathology
Urban Tree and Shrub Health
Option 4: Entrepreneurship or Ag Business
Agribusiness Accounting
Agribusiness Management
Agricultural and Natural Resources Law
Rural Enterprise Development
Agribusiness Finance
Survey of Economics
Survey of Accounting
Survey of Business Law
Survey of Entrepreneurship
Survey of Business Planning
Entrepreneurship in Action
Free Electives17
Total Hours120

 Students may choose only one of the following: AGRN 454, AGRN 496, or AGRN 493 & 495.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
AGRL 1111STAT 211 (GEF 8)3 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 8)
Select on of the following (GEF 3):3AGRN 202
AGRN 203
 PLSC 206 (GEF 8)4 
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
AGRN 1203  
 14 15
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3ARE 150 (GEF 4)3 
CHEM 1114CHEM 1124 
GEN 1013ENVP 119, 155, or PLSC 1053 
Free Electives3Option course 13 
GEF 53Free Elective3 
 16 16
Third Year
PPTH 4014Option course 23AGRN 4913
A&VS 2514Option course 33 
AGRN 4513GEF 63 
ENTO 4503Free Electives6 
 14 15 3
Fourth Year
AGRN 4103ENTO 450, PLSC 453, or AGRN 4543 
ENTO 4044AGRN 4803 
Option course 43Option course 53 
Free Elective3GEF 73 
 Free Elective2 
 13 14
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals


Agroecology is the study of relationships among organisms and habitats in agricultural ecosystems. Climate and soil properties, activities of other organisms, and management practices affect the growth and development of plants and animals, the composition of products from them, and other processes that sustain human life and the functioning of other ecosystems. Agroecology extends from organisms to landscapes and connects with economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of food and agricultural systems and their impacts on the biosphere. Principles of agroecology can be applied to the design and management of sustainable systems that meet human needs and provide other ecosystem services while minimizing their ecological footprint.

Upon completion of the major students should be able to:

  • Develop and implement sustainable agricultural production plans and systems.
  • Diagnose and solve applied production problems in ways that minimize adverse local, regional and global impacts.
  • Develop and communicate recommendations to address environmental, economic, and production outcomes in agriculture.
  • Characterize and solve soil potential and plant health problems.


AGRL 111. Professions in Agriculture. 1 Hour.

An overview of subject matter related to agriculture in current society. Emphasis on agricultural organizations, environmental and food issues, careers, and programs within the college.

AGRL 112. Professions in Agriculture. 1 Hour.

Continuation of AGRL 111.

AGRL 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AGRL 298A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

AGRL 393A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AGRL 400. Agricultural Travel Course. 1-6 Hours.

Tour and study of production methods in major livestock and crop regions of the United States and other countries. Influence of population, climate, soil, topography, markets, labor, and other factors on agricultural production.

AGRL 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

AGRL 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

AGRL 492A-Z. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

AGRL 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AGRL 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

AGRL 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

AGRL 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

AGRL 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.