• Competing on teams such as livestock judging teaches marketable skills
  • MTSU's farm labs deliver practical learning experiences
  • Students at MTSU boned up on animals from the inside out
  • Racing alternative-fueled vehicles requires technology, skill, and luck

Agribusiness

As the demands placed on the world's food supply continue to build, so does the importance of managing the farms and supply lines that help meet those demands. Dairy or meat, crop or herd, barn or warehouse—MTSU's farm labs, fully operational dairy facility, and multiple agri-industry partnerships provide a hands-on, experiential learning environment that is hard to beat.

Driving on sunshine (and water)

Driving on sunshine (and water)

With the help of an eight-member support team, Agribusiness and Agriscience professor Cliff Ricketts drove coast-to-coast on less than three gallons of gas. During the trip, which began in March 2012, Ricketts drove three Toyota hybrid alternative-fuel vehicles approximately 2,582 miles across the country, using only 2.15 gallons of fuel purchased at the gas pump and a combination of solar and battery power, water-derived hydrogen, and ethanol. The amazing journey of Ricketts and his students was covered by media outlets such asUSA Today and ABC News.

Agriculture feeds the world. We take you there.

Agriculture feeds the world. We take you there.

The importing and exporting of food products is a multi-billion dollar business. Agribusiness students have the opportunity to travel abroad and study this business firsthand. In addition to yearly trips to Canada and Argentina, students can learn about the international wine industry in a course taught entirely outside of the United States. And more opportunities are being developed yearly!

The pursuit of an Agribusiness Bachelor of Science prepares students for work in an industry that has never been more important to the local, national, and global economies. Examples include

  • Agricultural-related lawyer
  • Agricultural policy analyst
  • Crop producer
  • Farm appraiser
  • Farm manager
  • Financier
  • Grain and livestock buyer
  • Grain merchandiser
  • International marketer
  • Logistics manager
  • Market analyst
  • Marketing head
  • Quality controller
  • Sales representative
  • Teacher

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Aviagen
  • BWI Inc.
  • Cal-Maine Foods
  • Crop Production Services
  • Dechra Veterinary Products
  • Farm Credit Services Mid-America
  • Heritage Farms Dairy
  • Hubbard
  • Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Koch Foods
  • MWI Veterinary Supply
  • Pilgrim's Pride
  • Shenandoah Mills
  • Tennessee Farmers Coop
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Tennessee Pork Producers
  • Tennessee Poultry Association
  • Tyson Foods

A student majoring in Agribusiness can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Other majors in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience leading to a B.S. are Animal Science, Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science, and Plant and Soil Science.

Although it is not designated as a concentration, students may also take courses in pursuit of an Agricultural Education Certificate. Undergraduate and graduate minors are available in Agriculture.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Graduate study includes the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Horse Science with concentrations in Equine Education, Equine Physiology, and Industry Management.

Agribusiness, B.S. Agribusiness, Agricultural Education Certification 


Agribusiness, B.S.

School of Agribusiness and Agriscience
615-898-2418
Justin Gardner, program coordinator
Justin.Gardner@mtsu.edu
 

The program leading to a major in Agribusiness is designed for students who are interested primarily in the business of agriculture.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Agribusiness, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1710 recommended

Major Requirements (43 hours)

Agribusiness Core (13 hours)

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

  • PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

Remaining Major Courses (30 hours)

  • AGBS 4130 - Agricultural Price Analysis and Price Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Analysis of the forces that drive agricultural markets, the risk inherent in these markets, and tools that can be used to defray agriculture-specific risk including production risk.  

  • AGBS 4145 - Agricultural Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630,  MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910 and AGBS 2130 or AGBS 3130. Application of finance to farms and agribusiness; topics include farm real estate, financing farm inputs, and financing commodity marketing plans.

  • Agribusiness electives 9 credit hours
  • Animal Science elective 3 credit hours
  • Plant and Soil Science elective 3 credit hours

 

  • AGBS 4190 - International Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

  • AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

Supporting Courses (18-21 hours)

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

OR

  • ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

  • ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

 

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

 

  • CSCI 1150 - Computer Orientation

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to computers with an emphasis on personal computing, database, word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and Internet tools. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.

Choose three, two from the same rubric:

  • BIA, PGEO, ECON, FIN, MATH, MKT, MGMT, AERO, EST 9 credit hours

Electives (15-18 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Agribusiness

Curricular listing includes General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

  • PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours (MATH 1710 recommended)
  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) 

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Sophomore

 

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)  AND 

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

 

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

 

  • CSCI 1150 - Computer Orientation

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to computers with an emphasis on personal computing, database, word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and Internet tools. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

OR

  • ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

  • ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

 

  • Animal Science elective 3 credit hours
  • Agribusiness electives 6 credit hours
  • Plant and Soil Science elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Cognate courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30-33 Hours

Senior

 

  • AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy  3 credit hours  OR 

    AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

  • AGBS 4190 - International Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

 

  • AGBS 4130 - Agricultural Price Analysis and Price Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Analysis of the forces that drive agricultural markets, the risk inherent in these markets, and tools that can be used to defray agriculture-specific risk including production risk.  

  • AGBS 4145 - Agricultural Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630,  MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910 and AGBS 2130 or AGBS 3130. Application of finance to farms and agribusiness; topics include farm real estate, financing farm inputs, and financing commodity marketing plans.

  • Agribusiness elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division electives 12 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours (if needed)
  • Cognate course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 27-30 Hours


Agribusiness, Agricultural Education Certification, B.S.

School of Agribusiness and Agriscience
615-898-2523

Agribusiness majors seeking certification to teach agricultural education in secondary schools (grades 7-12) must complete (1) the Agribusiness major, (2) a Secondary Education minor, and (3) professional agricultural education courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Agribusiness, Agricultural Education Certification, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci)

Major Requirements (43 hours)

Agribusiness Core (13 hours)

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

  • PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

Remaining Major Courses (30 hours)

  • AGED 2230 - Introduction to Vocational Agricultural Education

    3 credit hours

    Duties of the vocational agriculture teacher with special emphasis on the Future Farmers of America and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Lecture/Lab.

  • PLSO 3340 - Soil  3 credit hours  

    PLSO 3340 - Soil

    3 credit hours

    Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

  • ANSC 3440 - Livestock Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ANSC 1410. Management practices for farm animal species. Practices include animal handling, restraint techniques, feeding, milking, castrations, identification methods, and herd health problems. Lecture/lab.

  • PLSO 3600 - Horticulture in Our Lives

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living, through principles of growing plants in the home, floral design, home landscaping, and gardening. Lecture/lab.

 

  • AGBS 4190 - International Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

  • AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

 

  • ABAS 4250 - Leadership in Agricultural Industries

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. A capstone course to enhance students' leadership and human relation skills in the workplace. Topics include leadership styles, theories, characteristics of leaders (conceptual, technical, human relations), communication styles, group dynamics, conducting successful meetings, problem solving, goal setting, attitudes, motivation, self-concept, learning styles, time management, and employability skills.

  • Agribusiness electives 12 credit hours

Supporting Courses (6 hours)

  • AGED 4220 - Methods of Teaching Agriscience and Agriculture Mechanics

    3 credit hours

    Integrating science into agriculture emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physics. Emphasis on mechanical skills such as small gas engines, gas welding, and electricity. Lecture/lab.

Secondary Education Minor (30 hours)

SeeSecondary Education Minor for further information.

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Agribusiness, Agricultural Education Certification

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

  • PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

  • AGED 2230 - Introduction to Vocational Agricultural Education

    3 credit hours

    Duties of the vocational agriculture teacher with special emphasis on the Future Farmers of America and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Lecture/Lab.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Mathematics 3 to 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)  AND 

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

Subtotal: 29-30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat/Sci) AND 

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

 

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 34 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • PLSO 3340 - Soil  3 credit hours  

    PLSO 3340 - Soil

    3 credit hours

    Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

  • ANSC 3440 - Livestock Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ANSC 1410. Management practices for farm animal species. Practices include animal handling, restraint techniques, feeding, milking, castrations, identification methods, and herd health problems. Lecture/lab.

  • PLSO 3600 - Horticulture in Our Lives

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living, through principles of growing plants in the home, floral design, home landscaping, and gardening. Lecture/lab.

 

  • AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy  3 credit hours  OR 

    AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

  • AGBS 4190 - International Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

 

  • Agribusiness electives 12 credit hours
  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B- or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • YOED 3300 - Problem-Based Instructional Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B- or better and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for students to develop and present instructional strategies that frame curriculum content in problem-solving contexts. Field experience in a public school setting required.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • AGED 4220 - Methods of Teaching Agriscience and Agriculture Mechanics

    3 credit hours

    Integrating science into agriculture emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physics. Emphasis on mechanical skills such as small gas engines, gas welding, and electricity. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 4250 - Leadership in Agricultural Industries

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. A capstone course to enhance students' leadership and human relation skills in the workplace. Topics include leadership styles, theories, characteristics of leaders (conceptual, technical, human relations), communication styles, group dynamics, conducting successful meetings, problem solving, goal setting, attitudes, motivation, self-concept, learning styles, time management, and employability skills.

  • YOED 4030 - Residency I: Grades 7-12

    9 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 with a grade of B or better; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.5; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

 

Agribusiness and Agriscience

ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture
1 credit hour credit

Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

ABAS 1301 - Introduction to Agricultural Leadership
3 credit hours

Introduces agricultural leadership and illustrates the relationship between leadership styles, personality types, communication styles, and career selection. Offers preparation for leadership positions in agricultural careers and communities.  

ABAS 2010 - World Food and Society
3 credit hours

A global examination of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues related to hunger including war, politics, inequities, malnutrition, population growth, food production, biotechnology, ecological destruction, and food aid. Students will examine personal and societal values concerning world food issues and explore possible directions and solutions for the future. Includes a service learning experience.

ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 3010 - Agri-Media Skills
3 credit hours

Applications of oral and written skills in communicating about agricultural research, shows, and sales.

ABAS 4100 - Microcomputer Applications in Agriculture
3 credit hours

Includes use of agricultural software, agricultural communications networks, computer dairy feeding systems, and farm records.

ABAS 4250 - Leadership in Agricultural Industries
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. A capstone course to enhance students' leadership and human relation skills in the workplace. Topics include leadership styles, theories, characteristics of leaders (conceptual, technical, human relations), communication styles, group dynamics, conducting successful meetings, problem solving, goal setting, attitudes, motivation, self-concept, learning styles, time management, and employability skills.

ABAS 4700 - Agriculture in Our Lives
3 credit hours

Everyone who eats and wears clothes is affected by agriculture, yet only a small percentage of the population actively farms. Course allows exploration of various organizations, both private and public, that support agriculture, provide career opportunities, and regulate the safety and fair trade upon which agribusiness depends. Issues that affect the lives of farmers and which may affect the future of many aspects of agriculture are explored. Local travel will be required. Combined lecture/lab.

ABAS 4910 - Problems in Agriculture
1 to 6 credit hours

Problem or problems selected from one of the major disciplines. May involve conferences with instructor, library work, field study and/or laboratory activity. Students can take from one to three credits with a maximum of three per semester.

ABAS 4990 - Seminar
1 credit hour credit

Students required to research and give an oral report on a current agricultural topic.

Agribusiness

AGBS 1201 - Agribusiness: Fundamentals and Applications
3 credit hours

Introduces key agribusiness principles and their application to the food industry. Major microeconomic, macroeconomics, and global forces influencing both producers' and consumers' decision of food and fiber products considered and discussed. Leading problems and current issues facing the industry discussed.  

AGBS 2130 - Introduction to Agribusiness
3 credit hours

Nature, scope, importance, and relationship to the general economy.

AGBS 3130 - Principles of Agricultural Economics
3 credit hours

Applying the principles of economics to agricultural problems.

AGBS 3140 - Real Property Law for Commerce and Agriculture
3 credit hours

(Same as BLAW 4470/FIN 4470.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and limitations of ownership of property, estates, titles, methods of transferring titles, abstract of titles, mortgages, leases, easements, restrictions on the use of property, real estate development, application of contract law to real property, and the role of real estate in the administration of estates. Emphasis on specific application to agricultural businesses and farms.

AGBS 3150 - Avocational Agriculture
3 credit hours

Analyzes and evaluates potential opportunities, markets, and profitability of part-time agricultural enterprises. Examines potential advantages and disadvantages of part-time agriculture including cost, revenue, time restrictions and freedoms, management considerations, and profitable opportunities.

AGBS 3160 - Value Added Agriculture
3 credit hours

A comprehensive analysis of the value-added agricultural industry including marketing farm products directly to consumers.  

AGBS 3810 - Milk Processing and Marketing
3 credit hours

(Same as ANSC 3810.) Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120 and CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Biological, chemical, and physical properties of cow's milk and its value as an animal food source; techniques of processing and marketing; governmental regulations; laboratory testing. Lecture/lab.

AGBS 4115 - Agritourism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AGBS 2130 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on any activity, enterprise, or business that combines primary elements and characteristics of Tennessee agriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economic activity and impacts both farm and community income.

AGBS 4130 - Agricultural Price Analysis and Price Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Analysis of the forces that drive agricultural markets, the risk inherent in these markets, and tools that can be used to defray agriculture-specific risk including production risk.  

AGBS 4140 - Economics of Agribusiness Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Application of economic concepts to agribusiness firms.

AGBS 4145 - Agricultural Finance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630,  MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910 and AGBS 2130 or AGBS 3130. Application of finance to farms and agribusiness; topics include farm real estate, financing farm inputs, and financing commodity marketing plans.

AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

AGBS 4160 - Agricultural Cooperatives
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Role of agricultural cooperatives in collective bargaining for farmers; historical development, economic organization, and structural aspects.

AGBS 4170 - Equine Industry
3 credit hours

(Same as HORS 4170.) Prerequisites: AGBS 2130 or AGBS 3130 and HORS 3040 or approval of instructor. Operational strategies and management issues facing the equine enterprises. Financial, legal, and taxation issues pertaining to the U.S. and international equine industry. Lecture/lab.

AGBS 4180 - Internship in Agribusiness
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. In-depth practical experience in a specific area of agribusiness. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP COURSE.

AGBS 4190 - International Agriculture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

AGBS 4200 - Fruit and Vegetable Marketing
3 credit hours

(Same as PLSO 4200.) Prerequisites: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 and BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031, CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120, CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021  or approval of instructor. Basic biochemistry of respiration, handling techniques and practices, quality assessment and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops. Both domestic and international marketing of fruit and vegetable products discussed. Examines the economic impact of improper handling on both the local producer and the end user.

AGBS 4810 - The Food Industry
3 credit hours

An overview from production to processing to marketing. Covers the current status of the world's largest employer, including where and how foods are produced, distributed, and marketed and where the industry is heading in the future.

AGBS 4820 - Principles of Food Processing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011, and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Principles used in the modern food industry, including thermal, refrigerated, frozen, and irradiation methods. Includes coverage of the techniques used to process major food commodities such as meats, cereal grains, and fats and oils. Lecture/lab.

AGBS 4830 - Food Quality Control
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 and BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or approval of instructor. Quality control and sensory evaluation techniques utilized in food processing. Instrumental and physical methods of quality determination of raw and processed food products, hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP), and quality philosophies employed in the industry. Sensory evaluation techniques and statistical analysis of evaluation results covered.

AGBS 4850 - Food Safety Issues from Production to Consumption
3 credit hours

(Same as NFS 4260.) Prerequisite: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 or permission of instructor. Issues impacting food production, food storage and transportation, food processing, and food consumption within food production facilities, the home, and food service facilities. Consumer concerns evaluated based on risk theory and scientific evaluation of safety, including decision-making through critical thinking. Food standards and regulations designed to improve safety of the food supply discussed.

Animal Science

ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science
3 credit hours

Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

ANSC 1411 - Introduction to Animal Science Lab
1 credit hour credit

Focuses on applied learning concepts presented at the introductory animal science level. Topics include livestock, poultry, and companion animal breed identification; animal nutrition, feeds, and forages; reproductive science and management techniques; animal breeding and genetics; and basic experiential aspects of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, and companion animal production and management.

ANSC 3310 - Animal Care and Welfare
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ANSC 1410 or permission of the instructor. Applied aspects of animal care and welfare, including physical condition, feeding, proper housing, and environmental adaptation of animals to human interaction.

ANSC 3420 - Animal Breeding and Genetics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410; BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Basic principles of genetics, crossbreeding, inbreeding, and molecular genetics. Animal breeding topics include use of quantitative traits, prediction of breeding value, methods of selection, and genetic evaluations including genomic-enhanced selection. Offered fall only.

ANSC 3440 - Livestock Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ANSC 1410. Management practices for farm animal species. Practices include animal handling, restraint techniques, feeding, milking, castrations, identification methods, and herd health problems. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 3450 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; ANSC 1410. The parts, functions, and anatomical relationships of various organs and systems of domestic animals. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 3470 - Beef Cattle Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410; junior-level classification or higher. Management practices essential for economic beef production including breeding, feeding, and herd health. Purebred, commercial, stocker, feedlot, and processing segments evaluated. Lecture/lab. Offered fall only.

ANSC 3480 - Swine Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410; junior-level classification or higher. Understanding management of the pig's environment and genetics to maximize profits. Includes nutrition, reproduction, genetics, housing, herd health, and management practices. Lecture/lab. Offered Spring only.

ANSC 3490 - Poultry Production and Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410; junior-level classification or higher. A comprehensive study of commercial chicken production. Topics include the structure of the U.S. commercial chicken industries; poultry housing and equipment; broiler, broiler breeder, hatchery, and commercial layer management; and poultry/egg processing. Field trips used to supplement course materials. Lecture/lab or online.

ANSC 3500 - Small Ruminant Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ANSC 1410. The study of efficient sheep and goat production and management in the U.S. Topics include genetics and selection, reproduction, health and parasite control, nutrition, forages and grazing management, and product quality and marketing. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 3540 - Dairy Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ANSC 1410; juniors and seniors only. Feeding and management, ruminant digestion, physiology of milk secretion, production testing and official records, sanitary regulations, handling and marketing of raw milk. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 3550 - Animal Feeds and Feeding
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410/ANSC 1411; junior-level classification or higher. Focuses on practical application of nutrition to the feeding of domestic animal species. Topics include identification and characteristics of common feedstuffs; computer ration formulation procedures; life cycle nutritional management of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, small ruminants, poultry, and companion animals; feed stuff composition analysis procedures; feed processing, evaluation, and grading; feed control laws; and nutrition research methodology.

ANSC 3810 - Milk Processing and Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021, or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120. Biological, chemical, and physical properties of cow's milk and its value as an animal food source; techniques of processing and marketing; governmental regulations; laboratory testing. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 4260 - Behavior of Domestic Animals
3 credit hours

Behavior aspects of raising and managing domestic animals to include equine, swine, goats, cattle, sheep, dogs, and cats. Communication, ingestive, sexual, social, aggressive, and abnormal behaviors emphasized. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 4410 - Animal Nutrition
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410; CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Advanced study of the processes of digestion and nutrient utilization in domestic animal species. Topics include monogastric and ruminant digestive anatomy and physiology; carbohydrate, lipid, protein, vitamin, and mineral utilization. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 4430 - Internship in Animal Science
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. In-depth practical experience in a specific area of animal science pertinent to the individual's interest. Students work with producers and agencies that have agreed to cooperate in the program and to provide adequate salary and guidance. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP COURSE.

ANSC 4470 - Advanced Beef Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410 and ANSC 3470 or approval of instructor. In-depth analysis of various systems of beef production. Extensive field trips to cow-calf, feedlot, stocker, and purebred operations. Offered Spring only.

ANSC 4490 - Livestock Evaluation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Comparative evaluation of beef cattle, swine, sheep, and horses. Develops defense of placing through an organized set of reasons involving terms describing the animal's characteristics. Importance of these characteristics to the animal function stressed. Lecture/lab.

ANSC 4510 - Domestic Animal Reproductive Physiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410; BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Advanced study of the anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of reproduction in domestic animal species. Topics include male and female reproductive anatomy, hormonal control of reproductive processes, reproductive development, the estrus cycle, male physiology, and lactation. Current techniques to control animal reproduction described.  Lecture/lab. Offered Spring only.

ANSC 4520 - Companion Animal Management
3 credit hours

A comprehensive study of dog and cat management. Topics include canine and feline history; selective breeding; functional anatomy; reproductive physiology and management; nutrition and feeding management; diseases and health management; behavior, communication, and training. Service role of the dog and cat highlighted.

ANSC 4590 - Dairy Cattle Judging
3 credit hours

Ideal dairy cattle type and relationship to performance and longevity. Classification and evaluation according to type of the various breeds and comparative judging within the breed. Selection for genetic improvement.

ANSC 4860 - Meat Science and Technology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ANSC 1410 and sophomore-level classification or higher. Selecting, inspecting, grading, fabricating, packaging, preserving, and cooking red meat products. Other topics include anatomy, structure, and composition of muscle, food safety, and microbiology. Offered Spring only.

Plant and Soil Science

PLSO 1101 - Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture
3 credit hours

Ornamental horticulture from the scientific basis to commercial operations and management systems. Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living through the introductory study of growing, maintenance, and utilization of plants to benefit people and the environment. Topics include basis of plant science and history, scope, and nature of ornamental horticulture including coverage of such diverse topics as production, craftsmanship, and business management skills.

PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science
3 credit hours

Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

PLSO 3330 - Field Crop Production
3 credit hours

Economic importance, adaptation, origin, and history; botanical characteristics; cultural methods, uses, breeding, and pests of field crops. Lecture/Lab.

PLSO 3340 - Soil
3 credit hours

Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 3350 - Soil Fertility and Fertilizer
3 credit hours

Use of fertilizer and liming materials in soil-plant relationships. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 3360 - Irrigation and Drainage
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 3340. Comparative evaluation and interpretation of irrigation and drainage systems; water supply development; interrelationships of the environment and plants; scheduling irrigation; examination of economic and legal factors. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 3370 - Soil Analysis
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 3340. Analysis of soils in laboratory. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 3600 - Horticulture in Our Lives
3 credit hours

Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living, through principles of growing plants in the home, floral design, home landscaping, and gardening. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 3630 - Agroforestry
3 credit hours

Culture, conservation, management, and utilization of forest stands. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 3640 - Woody Landscape Plants
3 credit hours

Distribution, characteristics, relationships, and adaptation of native and exotic trees shrubs, and vines for landscape use. One-hour lecture and four-hour lab.

PLSO 3660 - Vegetable Gardening
3 credit hours

Principles of home and commercial vegetable production; adaptation, culture, fertility, diseases, and insects of vegetables. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 3670 - Fruit Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Introduces art and science of fruit production in the United States. Focuses on temperate fruit production, but also includes a general overview of citrus production. Conveys a general understanding of fruit production in the United States including propagation, orchard management, pollination, harvest, cultural practices, pests, and trends in the industry.

PLSO 3850 - Wine Science and Industry
3 credit hours

(Same as FERM 3850.) Prerequisites: PLSO 1610 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121 or PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031. The science and marketing of wine, including grape production, fruit processing, and fermentation technologies. Explores wine marketing in Tennessee, the U.S., and the world. Student must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4200 - Fruit and Vegetable Marketing
3 credit hours

(Same as AGBS 4200.) Prerequisite: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121 or PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or approval of instructor. Basic biochemistry of respiration, handling techniques and practices, quality assessment and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops. Both domestic and international marketing of fruit and vegetable products discussed. Examines the economic impact of improper handling on both the local producer and the end user.

PLSO 4300 - Plant Protection
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Principles of protecting crop plants from damage by weeds, insects, diseases, and other biotic factors. Pest control by chemical, cultural, and biological methods with an emphasis on integrated pest management.

PLSO 4310 - Forage Crops
3 credit hours

Adaptation, distribution, establishment, management, culture, and utilization of forage legumes and grasses. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4320 - Plant Physiology
4 credit hours

(Same as BIOL 4500.) Prerequisites:BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021, PLSO 3340. Plant mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

PLSO 4330 - Turf Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121 or PLSO 1101. Establishment and management of turf grasses for lawns, golf courses, and parks. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4340 - Soil Formation and Remediation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 3340. The relation of climate, plant and animal life, geological formations, and land forms to soil genesis and remediation. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4350 - Soil Survey and Land Use
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 3340 or approval of instructor. Soil properties used to determine suitability for land use. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4370 - Soil and Water Conservation
3 credit hours

Principles and practices of soil and water conservation in rural and urban environments. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4380 - Interior Landscaping
3 credit hours

Principles and practices of designing, installing, and maintaining landscapes in malls, public buildings, and other indoor environments. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4390 - Urban and Sports Turf Soils
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PLSO 3340 and PLSO 4330. Describe, design, manage, and evaluate urban and sports turf soils. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4500 - Agroecology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PLSO 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Theories of agroecology; focuses on sustainable agricultural practices and concepts. The impact of specific agricultural technologies and land use practices on the productivity of agricultural ecosystems, environmental quality, and human health. Examines the environmental science and agronomy of both conventional and alternative sustainable practices including benefits and limitations. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4610 - Arboriculture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. The culture of trees, shrubs, and vines in the landscape. Planting, transplanting, fertilizing, irrigation, pruning, problem diagnosis, and damage repair included. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4620 - Greenhouse Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Analysis of soils, fertilizers, irrigation techniques, container preparation, ventilation, growth regulation, and carbon dioxide enrichment for greenhouse operation. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

PLSO 4630 - Floriculture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Propagation and other cultural practices for the production and maintenance of plants and flowers in the home. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

PLSO 4640 - Landscaping
3 credit hours

Application of the principles of design, the use of proportionate-sized woody landscape plants, and other practices to produce low-maintenance-cost landscapes. One-hour lecture and four-hour lab.

PLSO 4660 - Nursery Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Principles and practices of nursery management as a business. Nursery administration, financial management, and marketing. Cultural management of field- and container-grown nursery plants. Lecture/lab.

PLSO 4670 - Plant Propagation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Anatomical features and physiological principles involved in propagating plants from seed and by division, cutting, budding, and grafting. Use of growth regulators and environmental factors. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

PLSO 4680 - Internship in Plant and Soil Science
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Practical experience in a specific area of agronomy, horticulture, or soils. Classroom material related to practical application. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP.

PLSO 4690 - Crop Ecophysiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PLSO 1610, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; senior-level classification. Focuses on crop/plan physiology and crop/plant-environment interaction. Topics include plant canopy architecture, plant root morphology, physiology of growth and yield, photosynthesis and crop yield, source-sink relationships and crop yield, carbon dioxide and crop yield, physiology of drought in crop plants, and physiology of mineral nutrition.

PLSO 4710 - Applied Mathematics and Statistics in Agriculture
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MATH 1530, MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, or MATH 1910; senior-level classification. Focuses on applied mathematics and statistics in horticultural science and agronomy. Topics include basic mathematical operation and units conversion; fertilizer, nutrient, soil, plant, and pesticide-related calculation; and scientific experimentation and statistical analysis.

Contact and Student Information

Justin Gardner
Justin.Gardner@mtsu.edu
615-898-2418

Taylor Moss
taylor.moss@mtsu.edu
615-898-2031 | KUC 322

School of Agribusiness and Agriscience
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 5
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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