Bachelor of Science in Crop Production


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Course Overview

This is a degree program that prepares students for careers in farm management, crop advising, and technology development. Production of food, feed, fiber and fuel crops is big business and requires a thorough understanding of how plants grow, how the environment impacts crop productivity and production options, and how management and marketing decisions affect farm profits. This concentration is a science-based curriculum that allows students to choose from a wide range of plant science courses and career path electives. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
CPSC 101 Farming Systems 5
CPSC 102 Introduction to Crop Sciences 5
CPSC 103 Environment, Agric, & Society 5
CPSC 104 The Global Food Production Web 5
CPSC 105 Agriculture and Science of Coffee 5
CPSC 106 Agriculture in Mythology 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credits
CPSC 111 Evolution in Action 5
CPSC 112 The Prairie and Bioenergy 5
CPSC 113 Introduction to Weed Science 5
CPSC 114 Intro to Applied Statistics 5
CPSC 115 Biotechnology in Agriculture 5
CPSC 116 Genetic Engineering Lab 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
CPSC 201 Applied Entomology 5
CPSC 202 Off-Campus Crop Sci Internship 5
CPSC 203 On-Campus Crop Sci Internship 5
CPSC 204 Undergrad Research or Thesis 5
CPSC 205 Tomorrow’s Environment 5
CPSC 206 Plant Genetics 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
CPSC 211 Undergrad Honors Res or Thesis 5
CPSC 212 Diseases of Field Crops 5
CPSC 213 Integrated Pest Management 5
CPSC 214 Principles of Crop Advising 5
CPSC 215 Agriculture, Food, and the Environment 5
CPSC 216 Forage Crops and Pasture Eco 5
Course Code Fifth Semester Courses Credit
CPSC 301 Native Plants and Agroecosystems 5
CPSC 302 Crop Growth and Management 5
CPSC 303 Midwest Agricultural Practices 5
CPSC 304 Weed Management in Agronomic Crops 5
CPSC 305 Weed Science Practicum 5
CPSC 306 Plants and Global Change 5
Course Code Sixth Semester Courses Credit
CPSC 311 Conservation Biology 5
CPSC 312 Principles of Agroecology 5
CPSC 313 Soil Nutrient Cycling 5
CPSC 314 Environment and Sustainable Development 5
CPSC 315 Applied Statistical Methods I 5
CPSC 316 Biological Modeling 5
Course Code Seventh Semester Courses Credit
CPSC 401 Principles of Plant Breeding 5
CPSC 402 Plant Breeding Methods 5
CPSC 403 Plant Molecular Biology 5
CPSC 404 Genomics for Plant Improvement 5
CPSC 405 Plant Genomics 5
CPSC 406 Plant Proteomics-Metabolomics 5
Course Code Eighth Semester Courses Credit
CPSC 411 Insect Pathology 5
CPSC 412 Plant Tissue Culture 5
CPSC 413 Outreach Education Skills 5
CPSC 414 Plant Physiology 5
CPSC 415 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers 5
CPSC 416 Entrepreneurship 5


Career Opportunities

College graduates can also pursue a higher education in the form of a master’s degree in field such as horticulture, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology, plant genetics and more. These programs are heavily research-based and provide graduates the necessary background to enter into plant science-related research and technical career positions. However, many careers are available to graduates of bachelor’s programs, such as plant and soil science, farm and agricultural management, and food science, which are detailed below.


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