Undergraduate Programs & Courses

Agribusiness Management

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Fall. Principles of business management are provided using a variety of examples from industries in agribusiness, which offer real world experiences. Exploring the institutions and issues, such as food safety and biotechnology, that are unique to managers in the agribusiness sector is emphasized.

This degree can help you develop the vital decision-making skills, understanding of the agricultural-food system dynamics, and the leadership/management qualities to enhance your contributions to agribusiness enterprises or even your own entrepreneurial ventures.

Animal Science

3 credit course. Offered Fall and Summer (World Campus) and Spring (Digital Learning Cooperative). This course will introduce students to the breadth and scope of animal agriculture in North America with emphasis on food producing animals.

3 Credit Course. Offered Summer/Fall. Provides information that will be used to make informed decisions about pet ownership, pet care, controversial legal issues, and societal responsibilities. Satisfies General Education - Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS).

Community and Economic Development

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Fall. Concepts, strategies, and techniques of local economic analysis, planning and development; and decision making exercises.

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Fall. Social organization, processes and change in communities; use of sociological principles in analysis of community problems and development.


3 credit course. Offered Spring/Fall. This course is designed for non-science majors who have no science background, thus, there are no course prerequisites. The amazing world of insects and how they interact with humans is the focus of the course. Materials are presented in a multi-media format, including several videos. There are 24 lessons with weekly quizzes, a midterm and a final exam. Students will complete a writing assignment involving summarizing and critically analyzing a current news story in the popular press about insects.

3 Credit Course. Offered Fall/Alternating Summers (odd years). Introduces students to a thorough understanding of insects and their relatives, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and control strategies.

Food Science

3 Credit Course. Offered Fall (Digital Learning cooperative). General overview and principles; food constituents and properties; quality and safety; preservation methods; processing animal and plant products.

3 credit course. The goal of this course is to provide food industry professionals with information to assist them in recognizing and applying measures to prevent intentional contamination of the food supply.

Horticultural Science

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring, Summer & Fall. Introduction to horticulture with emphasis on plant domestication, morphology, classification, world food crops, commodities, gardens, propagation, and agrochemicals. Prerequisites: None.

International Agriculture

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring. This course focuses on agriculture in developing countries and frames this focus with a discussion of contemporary crucial issues facing agriculture on a global scale, emphasizing global hunger and food security.

Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

3 Credit Course. Offered Fall. Provides an introduction to plant pathology. Diseases of horticultural crops are examined stressing their cause, diagnosis, control and the roles they play in national and international trade and bio-security. The biology of plant diseases involving a broad range of biotic and abiotic plant pathogens will be discussed.

3 Credit Course. Offered Fall. Provides an introduction to concepts of disease processes in plants and biology of plant pathogens, environmental and cultural management factors influencing disease development, and integrated turfgrass disease management practices for root and foliar disease.


3 Credit Course. Offered Summer (World Campus) and Fall (World Campus & eLearning Cooperative). Introduces students to the variety and complexity of soils on a local, national, and international scale. The students learn to identify the physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes of soils and relate these to the way that societies use and abuse soils.

Turfgrass Science

1 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Fall. Covers chemical toxicity, formulations, environmental fate, labels, MSDS, calibration, IPM, safety, handling, storage, and Pennsylvania certification and regulations.

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Fall. Characterization of the primary plant species used for sports, lawn and utility turf; includes turfgrass morphology, environmental adaptation, and cultural requirements.

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Alternating Summers (even years). Introduces the development of integrated weed management strategies utilizing a variety of cultural and chemical methods.

3 Credit Course. Offered Summer/Fall. Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

3 Credit Course. A study of turfgrass maintenance practices and how their interrelationships can be utilized to develop management systems. Students will integrate different turfgrass maintenance practices into sound management strategies that lead to the production of high quality turfgrass areas.

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Summer. Students will learn to interpret soil physical results using the United States Golf Associated specifications for greens construction, evaluate and manipulate the physical properties of a soil in order to provide a quality turfgrass stand under varying conditions, and more.

4 Credit Course. Offered Spring. A study in the nutrition and growth of turfgrass plants, emphasizing constructed and mineral soil fertility, nutrient uptake and function, and fertilizer use efficiency.

3 Credit Course. Offered Fall. Case study and discussion considering integrated management of selected turfgrass sites; emphasis on problem analysis, principle application, and decision making.

1 Credit Course. Offered Fall. Oral presentations developed by students in consultation with the course instructor.

3 Credit Course. Offered Spring/Summer/Fall. Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

1 credit. Offered Spring. Exploring career pathways in veterinary medicine and the allied health industry.