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Core Knowledge

Core courses provide AgSci students with understanding of a broad set of agricultural topics and issues. You can view a full list of core courses in the AgSci Major Requirements and track your progress using the AgSci Curriculum Checklist. Below are highlights from some favorite core courses.

PLSCS 1900 students encounter chickens at Sweet Land Farm CSA.

PLSCS 1900 - Sustainable Agriculture: Food, Farming, and the Future

3 credits, Fall
This course introduces students to agricultural practices and the human aspects of farming. Field trips to local farms are a highlight.


PLSCI 1101 students pick peppers.

PLSCI 1101 - Plant Science and Systems

4 credits, Fall
Students delve into the natural history of plants, botany and physiology, plant nutrition, breeding and propagation, design and management of horticultural systems, and more.


PLSCS 2110 students in lab.

PLSCS 2110 - Field Crop Systems

4 credits, Fall
Students focus on the growth, development, health, and management of field crops. Labs and field trips are a highlight.


IPM students visit the Geneva vineyard.

ENTOM/PLSCS 4440 - Integrated Pest Management

4 credits, Spring
Study principles of pest control, ecology, and economics. Design your own pest-control experiment as part of a semester-long project.