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Agriculture/Plant, Soil and Environmental Science Program

Major in Plant, Soil and Environmental Science
(Major Code: 524)

Bachelor of Science B.S. Degree

The mission of the Plant, Soil, and Environmental Science Program is to help students grow and develop as leaders in their chosen field.  This degree also offers many lab courses that allow students to gain hands-on experience in areas such as:  plant and seed identification, horticulture, plant breeding and genetics, range management, soil evaluation and classification, soil fertility and management, grain fiber and oil seed production, weed disease and insect management, soil and water conservation and landscape and floral design. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in student organizations such the Farm and Ranch Club and also compete with the Crops judging team, Soils judging team, and the Linnaean team.  Majors in agriculture include University core requirements, department core requirements, agricultural science core requirements, and major requirements specified under each degree option and total 120 semester credit hours. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) for all courses at WTAMU counted toward the degree.  At least 36 semester hours of credit must be earned from upper-level (3000- and 4000-level) courses.

Select BIOL 1411, CHEM 1411, MATH 1314 and AGBE 2317 to satisfy core curriculum requirements.

Department Core (13-16 hours)*

  • IDS 1071- Elementary Group Dynamics
  • AGBE 2317- Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics
  • AGRI or BIOL 3301- Genetics
  • AGRI 3318- Agricultural Statistics
  • ANSC 1319- Principles of Animal Science
  • PSES 1307- Principles of Plant Science

*If AGBE 2317 is used to meet University core requirements, department core is 13 hours.

Agricultural Science Core (23 hours)

  • AGBE 3301 or 3304- Farm and Ranch Management or Agricultural Business Management
  • AGBE 3302- Marketing of Agricultural Products
  • AGRI 3330- Computer Applications in Agriculture
  • AGRI 4103- Senior Seminar
  • ANSC 1329- Food Science
  • ANSC 3374- Principles of Nutrition
  • PSES 2313- Economic Entomology
  • PSES 3411- Soils

Major Requirements (35-37 hours)

  • PSES 4330- Crop Physiology
  • PSES 4342- Soil Fertility
  • One course from BIOL 3418- Wildland Soils, 3510- Entomology, 3532- Plant Classification, 4510- General Ecology or 4513- Plant Ecology.
  • CHEM 1412 or PHYS 1401- Chemistry II or General Physics I
  • Completion of either the Integrated Pest Management or Plant and Soil Science Track (21–22 hours):
    • Integrated Pest Management Track
      • PSES 4341- Weeds, Herbicides and Cultural Control
      • PSES 4371- Field Crop Entomology
      • Five courses from :  PSES 4302- Range Management, 4310 Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics, 4321- Grain, Fiber, and Oilseed Crops, 4331- Irrigation, Soil & Water Conservation, 4398-  Plant, Soil & Environmental Science Internship, AGRI 4310- Global Agriculture & the Environment, BIOL 3411- Arthropods and Public Health
    • Plant and Soil Science Track
      • AGRI 4310- Global Agriculture and the Environment
      • PSES 4331- Irrigation, Soil
      • Five courses from PSES 1301- Principles of Horticulture, 3130- Soil Profile Evaluation, 4302- Range Management, 4310- Plant Breeding and Cytogenesis, 4311- Soil Morphology and Classification, 4321- Grain, Fiber and Oilseed Crops, 4341- Weeds, Herbicides, and Cultural Control, 4371- Field Crop Entomology, 4398- Plant, Soil, and Environmental Science Internship , BIOL 3418- Wildland Soils, ENVR 4305- Introduction to Geographic Information, ENVR 4404- Environmental Sampling and Interpretation

Electives (8-12 hours) by Advisement




For More Information Please Contact

Dr. Brock Blaser at bblaser@wtamu.edu,

Dr. Bonnie Pendleton at  bpendleton@wtamu.edu,

Dr. Marty Rhoades at mrhoades@wtamu.edu or

Mrs. Liz Moore at eamoore@wtamu.edu