Contact: Chris Baxter
Program Office: 307 Pioneer Tower
Phone: 608.342.1388
E-mail: baxterch@uwplatt.edu

Mission and Purpose of the Soil and Crop Science Program

Students majoring in soil and crop science will be prepared for careers as resourceful, ethically responsible and competent agronomists by combining their liberal arts education with professional coursework and practical experience.

Program Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Students that complete the soil and crop science program are able to:

  • Conceptualize, understand and apply chemical, physical, biological and agronomic sciences to address practical agronomic problems
  • Apply scientific principles to gather, analyze and interpret agronomic data
  • Effectively and accurately communicate agronomic information in written and oral forms
  • Use and become familiar with new technologies in agronomy and related sciences
  • Understand the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities associated with careers in agronomy

Soil and crop science is a 36-credit major. Students majoring in soil and crop science must complete a set of required courses along with either a 24-credit emphasis or a university minor. Emphasis areas associated directly with the soil and crop science major include plant breeding and genetics, comprehensive and international.

The soil and crop science program supports the UW-Platteville mission of providing baccalaureate degree programs that meet regional needs. Students completing this program will be prepared to pursue careers in agronomy or to continue their education through advanced study. Our graduates have enjoyed job placements near 100 percent in careers that support agriculture, the leading state and regional industry.

SCSCI 1260 Crop Science 3 Credits

Basic principles of crop production which include classification and identification, morphology, anatomy, physiology, climatology, plant-soil interrelationships, cultural practices, harvesting, cropping systems, and management.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Typically Offered: Fall

SCSCI 2230 Soils 4 Credits

Origin, nature, and environment for plants; productivity as influenced by soil, cropping system, and management.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SCSCI 3200 Pest Identification and Management 3 Credits

The basic principles of weed, insect, and disease pest identification and integrated pest management (IPM) in agricultural and urban environments involving biological, cultural, and chemical control of pests as it relates to production decisions, environmental impacts, and management of pest resistance.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENVHORT 1320 or SCSCI 1260 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

SCSCI 3220 Plant Development and Biotechnology 4 Credits

Students will use the methods of science as employed through plant cell culture and biotechnology to explore the development of plant tissues and organs in vitro. Topics include plant anatomy and growth regulators, development of axillary and adventitious shoots, direct and indirect somatic embryogenesis, the use of biotechnology for plant improvement, and biometric statistical analysis and data interpretation. Students will be expected to review and critique published scientific articles, conduct statistical analysis of data and write interpretive papers based on results gained from experiments conducted in the laboratory.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENVHORT 1320 or SCSCI 1260 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

SCSCI 3260 Seed and Grain Crops 3 Credits

Principles and practices used in the production and evaluation of seed for sale and commercial market grain crops.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 1260 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

SCSCI 3310 Soils, Crops and Environmental Horticulture Seminar 1 Credit

Review of current literature.
Components: Seminar
Cross Offering: ENVHORT 3310
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENVHORT 1320 or SCSCI 1260 or BIOLOGY 1350, junior standing or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SCSCI 3330 Soil Morphology and Classification 3 Credits

Morphology and classification of soils, interpreting and using soil survey information, describing and mapping soil properties.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 2230
Typically Offered: Fall

SCSCI 3340 Nutrient Management in Agriculture 3 Credits

Management of nutrients in agrosystems and its affects on the equality of our environment. Application of soil fertility principles to fields and farms. Development of state-compliant nutrient management plans.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENVHORT 1320 OR SCSCI 1260 or SCSCI 2230 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

SCSCI 3350 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers 3 Credits

In-depth exploration of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils in relation to productivity and management. Discussion of the use, composition, and production of soil amendments including lime, fertilizers, and manure. Laboratory techniques for soil testing and interpretations of soil test results.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 2230 and CHEMSTRY 1050 or CHEMSTRY 1140 or CHEMSTRY 1450
Typically Offered: Spring

SCSCI 3380 Special Problems in Soil Science 1-3 Credits

Individual study in specialized areas of soils.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 2230 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

SCSCI 3390 Special Problems in Crop Science 1-3 Credits

Crop experimentation or research interpretation in breeding, physiology, crop production, or crop chemicals.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 1260 and consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SCSCI 4240 Plant Breeding 4 Credits

Students will study the methods and principles used for the genetic improvement of important agronomic and horticultural crops. Topics include plant reproduction and pollination; gene recombination, structure and inheritance; use of mutations, fertility-regulating mechanisms, induction of polyploidy and biotechnology in plant improvement; plant selection; breeding of self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and clonally propagated crops; and establishment of field plots, recording data and use of statistics to analyze genetic traits and experimental treatments used to modify plant genomes.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENVHORT 1320 or SCSCI 1260 or BIOLOGY 1350 or BIOLOGY 3330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

SCSCI 4250 Weed Science 3 Credits

Identification of weeds; chemical, biological and cultural methods of control; influence on production.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 1260 or ENVHORT 1320 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

SCSCI 4320 Forage Crops 3 Credits

Plants that provide feed for domestic animals, particularly emphasizing the methods of production and management of grass and legume crops and the harvesting and processing of quality hay, pasturage, and silage.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 1260 or ANSCI 1000 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall-EVEN

SCSCI 4340 Plant Physiology 3 Credits

Fundamentals of plant physiology including plant cellular constituents and their biosynthesis, photosynthesis, respiration, plant water relations, mineral nutrition, and assimilation of inorganic nutrients, transport processes in plant cells and tissues, physiological effects of plant hormones, and the physiological aspects of vegetative growth and plant reproduction.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENVHORT 1320 or SCSCI 1260 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SCSCI 4350 Soil and Water Conservation 3 Credits

The application of physical, chemical, and biological principles to soil and water conservation.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 2230
Typically Offered:

SCSCI 4370 Soil Physics 3 Credits

Physical properties, moisture relations, and methods of physical analysis of soil with respect to soil structure, soil water, soil air, and soil temperature.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SCSCI 2230 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

SCSCI 4530 Plant Pathology 3 Credits

This course covers the major aspects of plant disease including abiotic and biotic causes, disease and symptom recognition, how disease occurs, and methods and techniques for prevention and control.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Cross Offering: BIOLOGY 4530
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: BIOLOGY 1350 (or BIOLOGY 1650 and BIOLOGY 1750) and at least one additional 2000+ level BIOLOGY or SCSCI or ENVHORT or other plant-related course or consent of instructor and junior standing
Typically Offered: Spring

SCSCI 4580 Soil and Crop Science Internship 3-6 Credits

Supervised experiential learning opportunities in cooperation with businesses and pubic agencies related to Soil and Crop Science.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: Scsci internship
Typically Offered: All