Concentration Requirements

  • Students will be required to form an advisory committee composed of a minimum of two (maximum of three) faculty members, one from each Agronomy and Soil and Water Science Departments.
  • The student can apply for a thesis graduate concentration in Agroecology but it must be approved by the student’s committee and the Graduate Coordinator of the respective department.  If approved, the concentration will follow the normal requirements for a thesis M.S. degree, including expansion of the committee to the number of members required by the respective department and the completion of a research project and thesis.

Core Courses
Course Number Title Department Hours Term Offered Description
ALS 5155 GlobalAgroecosystems Agronomy/Soil & Water 3 Fall Fundamentals of
agroecology and sustainability
AGR 5511 Crop Ecology Agronomy 3 Fall Crop ecology
SWS 5050 Soils Env. Professionals Soil & Water 3 Spring Role of soils
in the environment
AGR 6932 / SWS 6932 Agroecology Seminar Agronomy/Soil &Water 1 Fall, Spring Departmentalseminar
AGR / SWS 6905 Special Topics Agronomy/Soil & Water 2 Fall, Spring Special topics,research paper
STA 4930 / 6166 or Stats Methods Res 1 Statistics 3 Fall Statistical methods
for research
*ALS 5932 Intro To Applied Stats Agriculture 3 Fall, Spring Statistical methods
for research

*to be determined by the student’s committee, based on student’s previous statistical courses completed

and one each from EACH of the following groups:

Group 1
ALS 5934 Grad Prof Development Env Hort 3 Fall Professionaldevelopment for
grad students


ABE 6933/AGG 5607 Communicating in Academia Ag and Bio Eng / Soil & Water 3 Spring Communicating in Academia - Guide for Graduate Students

Group 2
AGR 5444 Ecophysiology of Crops Agronomy 3 Spring Grad physiology of crop plants


AGR 6422 Env. Crop Nutrition Agronomy 3 Fall Crop nutrition

Group 3
SWS 5246 Water Sustainability Soil & Water 3 Spring Global issues, human impacts on water resources


SWS 5208 Sust. Agr & Urban land mgt Soil & Water 3 Fall Environ. issues, water quality and BMPs

Electives can be chosen from various topic areas (minimum 6 credits)

Pest Management
Course Number Title Department  Hours Term Offered Description
IPM 5305 Principles of Pesticides Agronomy 3 Spring Principles of pesticides
PLS 5652 Adv. Weed Science Agronomy 3 Fall-odd Advanced weed science
PLS 5632 Integrated Weed Man. Agronomy 3 Fall Weed management
ENY 5006 Grad survey of Entomology Entomology 2 Fall, Spring, Summer General grad entomology
ENY 5006L Grad survey Lab Entomology 1 Fall, Spring, Summer Lab
ENY 6203 Insect Ecology Entomology 3 Fall Insect ecology
ENY 6203L Insect Ecology Lab Entomology 1 Fall Lab
ALS 6935 Topics in Biological Invasion Entomology 3 Spring Biological invasion
NEM 5004C Graducate Survey of Nematology Entomology 3 Spring-even General grad nematology
Course Number Title Department Hours Term Offered Description
AEC 5206 Instr. Tech. Ag. Life Sci. AEC 3 Fall-even Instructional techniques for ag and life sciences
AEC 5454 Leadership Development AEC 3 Fall Leadership development for extension
AEC 6300 Planned Change AEC 3 Fall-odd Process for changing technology adoption in ag
AEC 6552 Eval. of Ext. Program AEC 3 Spring-even Techniques for evaluating extension programs
Natural Resources
Course Number Title Department Hours Term Offered Description
AGR 5230C Florida Grassland Agroecosystems Agronomy 4 Spring Comprehensive overview of planted and native grassland ecosystems in Florida emphasizing their growth, species diversity, management, and use by ruminant animals
AOM 6932 Grad. Env. Hydrology Ag. Biol. Eng. 3 Fall Special topics in ag operations management
EES 5305C Ecology and Gen Systems Env. Eng. Sci. 3 Fall Ecological and general systems
ENV 5075 Env. Policy Env. Eng. Sci. 3 Spring Natural resources and environmental policy
FOR 5157 Ecosystem Restoration For. Res. Cons. 3 Fall-even Ecology of ecosystem restoration
FOR 6934 Ecology and Rest. Invaded Eco. For. Res. Cons. 3 Spring Plant invasions in managed forest and natural ecosystems
FOR 6934 Watershed Manag. & Rest. For. Res. Cons. 3 Fall-even Management and hydrologic restoration of watershed
SWS 5115 Env. Nutrient Management Soil & Water 3 Fall-even Fertilizers, manufacture and use
SWS 5234 Env. Soil, Water, Land Use Soil & Water 3 Fall Relationships of land use, soil and water
SWS 5248 Wetlands and Water Quality Soil & Water 3 Fall Introduction to wetland ecosystems with emphasis on principles and problems associated with their functions.
SWS 5305 Soil Microbial Ecology Soil & Water 3 Fall Soil organisms, nutrient cycles, bioremediation
SWS 5308 Ecology of Waterborne Path. Soil & Water 3 Summer A Microbiological quality & safety of drinking & recreational waters
SWS 5406 Soil & Water Chemistry Soil & Water 3 Fall-odd Understanding the principles to soil/water chemical processes
SWS 5224 Env. Biogeochemistry Soil & Water 3 Spring Biochemical processes and nutrient cycling
SWS 5421C Wetlands and Water Quality Soil & Water 3 Fall Introduction to wetland ecosystems with emphasis on principles and problems associated with their functions
SWS 5721C GIS in Land Res. Man. Soil & Water 3 Fall Basics of GIS and geospatial techniques, land mgt
SWS 5716C Env. Pedology Soil & Water 4 Spring Soil development, classification
SWS 6134 Soil Quality Soil & Water 3 Fall-even Relationships of soil quality, agriculture, and environmental quality
SWS 6262 Soil Contamination & Rem. Soil & Water 3 Fall Soil contamination & remediation
SWS 6448 Biogeochem. of Wetlands Soil & Water 3 Fall Nutrient cycling in wetlands and aquatic systems
SWS 6932 Forest Soil Ecosystems Soil & Water 3 Fall Soil-based processes that provide ecosystem benefits
Specialty Systems
Course Number Title Department Hours Term Offered Description
FAS 6932 Intro. Aquaculture For. Res. Cons. 3 Spring Aquaculture
SUR 5385 Remote Sensing Appl. For. Res. Cons. 3 Fall Review of remote sensing systems
SUR 6934 Fundamentals of GIS For. Res. Cons. 3 Fall Fundamentals of GIS
HOS 5085 Principles of Post Harvest Horticulture Hort Sci. 3 Fall-even Biological principles involved in harvesting, grding, packaging, transportation and marketing horticultural crops

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