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Secondary Major

Administered by the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology. Must be taken as a secondary major in conjunction with a primary major. The seed science program is designed for students with career interests in one or more aspects of the seed industry. Areas of study focus on seeds including production, conditioning, pathology, physiology, quality control, marketing, and seed plant designs.

Curriculum in Seed Science (Secondary Major)

Total Degree Requirement:  128 cr.

Complete Communication and Library requirements of primary major and 3 cr. from the following:
ENGL 302Business Communication3
ENGL 309Proposal and Report Writing3
ENGL 314Technical Communication3
SP CM 312Business and Professional Speaking3
Biological Sciences: 7 cr.
BIOL 211
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology Laboratory I
or BIOL 212
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Laboratory II
BIOL 313Principles of Genetics3
or AGRON 320 Genetics, Agriculture and Biotechnology
Physical Sciences: 8-9 cr.
CHEM 163
College Chemistry
and Laboratory in College Chemistry
or CHEM 177
General Chemistry I
and Laboratory in General Chemistry I
One of the following:
AGRON 259Organic Compounds in Plants and Soils3
BBMB 221Structure and Reactions in Biochemical Processes3
CHEM 231
Elementary Organic Chemistry
and Laboratory in Elementary Organic Chemistry
Mathematical Sciences 6 cr.
MATH 140College Algebra3
or MATH 150 Discrete Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Statistics course3
Agricultural Sciences: 28-29 cr.
AGRON 181Introduction to Crop Science3
or HORT 221 Principles of Horticulture Science
AGRON 182Introduction to Soil Science3
AGRON 206Introduction to Weather and Climate3
AGRON 217Weed Identification1-2
or AGRON 330 Crop and Seed Identification Laboratory
AGRON 281Crop Physiology3
AGRON 316Crop Structure-Function Relationships3
or HORT 321 Horticulture Physiology
AGRON 354Soils and Plant Growth3
TSM 322
Preservation of Grain Quality
and Preservation of Grain Quality Laboratory
or TSM 433 Precision Agriculture
6 credits from AGRON, HORT, or TSM (3 credits at 300-400 level)6
Economics and Business: 9 cr.
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 235Introduction to Agricultural Markets3
One course from the following:3
Financial Accounting
Principles of Macroeconomics
Farm Business Management
Agricultural Selling
Management of Organizations
Principles of Marketing
Seed Science: 16 cr.
AGRON 311Professional Internship in Agronomy (seed related)1
or AGRON 491 Seed Science Internship Experience
AGRON 317Principles of Weed Science3
AGRON 338Seed Science and Technology3
AGRON 421Introduction to Plant Breeding3
ENT 376Fundamentals of Entomology and Pest Management3
PL P 408Principles of Plant Pathology3
International Perspectives, U.S. Diversity, Humanities, Ethics & Social Sciences (met with primary major).
Remaining credits (student choice).

Because seed science is a secondary major, the courses taken by the student during the first year will vary, depending on the primary major (see typical program for the primary major).