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Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology Specialty

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General Information

The Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology specialization is designed to provide an opportunity for students Interested in tropical crop science or a plant-related field to have access to selected courses or topics in their area of interest. The curriculum is structured to offer a well-rounded undergraduate education emphasizing the long-term sustainability of our managed crop production systems and the surrounding ecosystems.

Why Study Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology?

Graduates in Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology can obtain employment with private enterprises or government agencies concerned with conservation and environmental protection, crop production, plant pest control, plant ecology, laboratories specializing in plant and soil analyses and farm services/agribusiness. Other graduates may elect to start their own enterprises or proceed to graduate school for advance degrees.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the principles, concepts, applications, and inter-relations of biology, chemistry, soil science, and mathematics as they apply to natural and agrarian "crop-based" plant ecosystems.
  • Use the principles of scientific inquiry to describe, analyze, solve, and report on scientific problems involving tropical plant science and related fields.
  • Exhibit proficiency in the use of technology, critical thinking, and quantitative tools used in plant-science applications.
  • Interact and communicate effectively with peers, mentors, and the larger community through internships, work-related activities, presentations and reports.
  • Exhibit proficiency and practical skills in various areas of crop production, and demonstrate awareness of the impact of agriculture on our environment and natural resources.
  • Successfully pursue diverse careers or enter graduate programs in plant science, applied ecology and other related fields.

Requirements for Graduation

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology, a student must complete a minimum of 123 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. The course work must be in the following areas:

General Education Requirements (46 to 52 hrs)
(see for a listing of qualified courses)

In the Agriscience and Supplemental Requirements, some of the required courses also qualify as General Education Requirements.

Title/Courses Credits
Basic General Requirements
(18 hrs Total)
English Composition:
ENG 100 or ENG 100T or ENG 100H or ESL 100 or ESL 100T
3 hrs
Language Arts 3 hrs
Quantitative Reasoning
Two courses
6 hrs
World Cultures
Two courses
6 hrs
Area General Requirements
(19 hrs Total)
Two courses in different disciplines.
6 hrs
Social Sciences
Two courses in different disciplines.
6 hrs
Natural Sciences
Two courses in different disciplines, including 1 credit hour of laboratory.
7 hrs
Integrative General Requirements
(9-15 hrs Total)
Writing Intensive Requirement Three courses designated "WI", one of which must be numbered 300 or above.
Transfer students, after an official transfer credit evaluation, may be required to take less than 3 courses.
3-9 hrs
Hawaiʻi Pan-Pacific Requirement 3 hrs
Global and Community Citizenship 3 hrs

Requirements for Major (including GE courses, 123 hrs)

Course Title Credits
Agriscience Requirements (70 hrs Total)
AG 200 Agro-Environmental Communication 3 hrs
AG 230 Sustainable Agriculture 3 hrs
AG 291
Directed Work Experience Program 3 hrs
AG 375 Introduction to Genetic Analysis 3 hrs
AG 496 Senior Seminar 1 hr
AGBU 110 Introduction to Microcomputing for Agriculture 3 hrs
AGBU 320 or
AGEC 330
Agribusiness Management or
Farm Management
3 hrs
AGEC 201 or
ECON 130
Agricultural Economics or
Introduction to Microeconomics
3 hrs
AGEN 231 Introduction to Agricultural Mechanization 3 hrs
ANSC 141 Introduction to Animal Science 3 hrs
ENTO 304 General Entomology 3 hrs
HORT 262 Principles of Horticulture 3 hrs
HORT 264 Plant Propagation 3 hrs
HORT 481 Weed Science 3 hrs
PPHY 310 Plant Growth and Development 3 hrs
PPTH 301 Tropical Plant Pathology 3 hrs
SOIL 304 Tropical Soils 3 hrs
  Select seven Other Agriculture Courses with at least 12 credits must be 300/400 level (Upper Division) 21 hrs
Supplemental Requirements (14-16 hrs Total)
BIOL 175-175L Introductory Biology I & Lab 4 hrs
CHEM 151-151L
CHEM 141
CHEM 161-161L
CHEM 162-162L
CHEM 161-161L
CHEM 141
Introductory Chemistry & Lab
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I & Lab
General Chemistry II & Lab
General Chemistry I & Lab
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
7/8 hrs
MATH 121 or higher Precalculus Mathematics 3/4 hrs
Electives (7-16 hrs Total)

Effective Fall 2016

Tropical Plant Science & Agroecology Specialty Curriculum Sheet