Applied Plant and Soil Sciences Major

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Applied Plant and Soil Sciences integrates plant-soil-atmosphere systems with a focus on the science underpinning crop production and ecosystem management. Students have the flexibility to emphasize a major area of interest such as plant production and protection, soil quality, climate change, food security, or land reclamation. Students will gain competence in integrating scientific principles and their effective communication.

Potential career paths include soil consultant, biometeorologist, environmental consultant, natural resource planner, ecologist, conservation officer, academic instructor, and reclamation specialist.

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Applied Plant Biology and Soil Sciences uses a systems-based approach to assess, design, and manage human-made ecosystems by applying best practices derived from agriculture, ecology, soil science, biotechnology, and other disciplines. Crop and non-crop plants will be studied in terms of interactions between natural and human-influenced factors, addressing the vulnerability of these systems to external and internal factors (e.g., climate change), and at a range of scales (from modified genomes to ecosystems).

Students in the Applied Plant and Soil Sciences major are expected to develop a statement of academic (and possibly early career goals) and, based on this, other courses may be accepted for restricted electives upon discussion with the Applied Plant and Soil Sciences advisor. In addition to the courses listed below, students, in consultation with their program advisor, are also allowed to take courses in Economics.

Applied Plant and Soil Sciences Major

  • APBI 222 Introduction to Horticulture
  • APBI 244 Introduction to Biometeorology
  • APBI 260 Agroecology I
  • APBI 322 Horticultural Techniques
  • APBI 324 Introduction to seed plant taxonomy
  • APBI 327 Introduction to Entomology
  • APBI 328 Weed Science
  • APBI 342/FRST 310 Soil Biology
  • APBI 360 Agroecology II
  • APBI 361 Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability
  • APBI 401 Soil Processes
  • APBI 402 Sustainable Soil Management
  • APBI 417 Production and Postharvest Physiology of Vegetable Crops
  • APBI 426/BIOL 421 Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • APBI 428 Integrated Pest Management
  • APBI 442 Grapevine and Berry Crop Biology (3 credits) Pre-reqs: One of APBI 210, BIOL 210 and BIOL 234. (BIOL 260 recommended.)
  • APBI 444/FRST 444 Agroforestry
  • APBI 440 Plant Genomics
  • APBI 460 Advanced Agroecology
  • APBI 490 Topics in Applied Biology
  • APBI 495 Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments
  • APBI 497 Directed Studies
  • BIOL 200 Fundamentals of Cell Biology
  • BIOL 201 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BIOL 203 Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • BIOL 209 Biodiversity of algae, fungi and bryophytes
  • BIOL 230 Fundamentals of Ecology
  • BIOL 234 Fundamentals of Genetics
  • BIOL 301 Biomathematics
  • BIOL 306 Advanced Ecology
  • BIOL 320 Survey of Algae
  • BIOL 321 Morphology and Evolution of Bryophytes
  • BIOL 323 Structure and Reproduction of Fungi
  • BIOL 324 Introduction to Seed Plant Taxonomy
  • BIOL 335 Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 336 Fundamentals of Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 337 Introductory Genetics Laboratory
  • BIOL 343 Plants and Peoples
  • BIOL 351 Plant Physiology I
  • BIOL 352 Plant Physiology II: Plant Development
  • BIOL 404 Ecological Methodology
  • BIOL 406 Plant Ecology I
  • BIOL 411 Insect Ecology
  • BIOL 412 Phytogeography
  • BIOL 415 Evolutionary Processes in Plants
  • BIOL 416 Principles of Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 417 Phylogenetic Biology
  • BIOL 418 Evolutionary Ecology
  • BIOL 430 Genome Evolution
  • BIOL 433 Plant Genetics
  • BIOL 436 Integrated Functional Genomics
  • BIOL 440 Plant Genomics
  • BIOL 462 Ecological Plant Biochemistry
  • BIOL 463 Gene Regulation in Development
  • CHEM 205 Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 301 Aqueous Environmental Chemistry
  • CONS 210 Visualizing Climate Change
  • CONS 302 Issues in Genomics and the Environment
  • EOSC 330 Principles of Geomorphology
  • EXCH 373 Applied Science Exchange
  • EXCH 375 Student Exchange Program, Education
  • EXCH 380 Student Exchange Program, Undergraduate
  • EXCH 381 Study Abroad Program
  • FRST 100 Sustainable Forests
  • FRST 200 Forest Plant Biology I
  • FRST 201 Forest Ecology
  • FRST 202 Forest Ecology (distance education version)
  • FRST 210 Forest Plant Biology II
  • FRST 211 Forest Classification and Silvics
  • FRST 239 Tree and Stand Level Measurements
  • FRST 302 Forest Genetics
  • FRST 303 Principles of Forest Science
  • FRST 304 The Science Underlying Forestry Issues
  • FRST 305 Silviculture
  • FRST 308 Forest Entomology
  • FRST 309 Forest Pathology
  • FRST 311 Plant Physiology I
  • FRST 318 Forest and Conservation Economics
  • FRST 339 Forest Level Measurement and Productivity
  • FRST 385 Watershed Hydrology
  • FRST 386 Aquatic Ecosystems and Fish in Forested Watersheds
  • FRST 395 Forest Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • FRST 399 Introduction to Research Methods
  • FRST 413 Ecological Plant Biochemistry.
  • FRST 421 Quantitative Forest Management
  • FRST 424 Sustainable Forest Management
  • FRST 430 Advanced Biometrics
  • FRST 439 International Forestry
  • FRST 443 Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management
  • FRST 490 Visual Resource Management
  • FRST 495 Biological Diversity and Forest Management
  • GEOB 102 Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems
  • GEOB 103 Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes (or EOSC 110: The Solid Earth: A Dynamic Planet. Credit may be obtained for only one selection)
  • GEOB 200 Atmospheric Environments
  • GEOB 270 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOB 407 Vegetation Dynamics: Disturbance, Climate and Human Impacts
  • GEOG 310 Environment and Sustainability
  • GEOG 312 Science and Society
  • GEOG 318 Sustainability in a Changing Environment
  • LFS 302 International Field Studies
  • MATH 103 Integral Calculus with Applications to Life Sciences
  • PHYS 101 Energy and Waves
  • UFOR 403 Ecological Restoration