The science component is comprised of coursework in the major.

Course selection in the Agricultural Production PSM program is flexible to allow each student to build a graduate curriculum that best fits his/her chosen career path.

COURSEWORK

Courses will be taken in consultation with the student's advisor to meet the 32-hour science requirement. At least eight hours are required in 500-level courses. A sample of course options for each specialty area are listed below:

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Food Animal Production specialty; specific courses depend on the student's professional objectives. For crop or sustainable production system sample of program of study, please download the brochure.

Semester 1: Fall
Science ANSC 401 Beef Production
ANC 452 Animal Growth and Development
ANSC 524 Nonruminant Nutrition Concepts
  Two 2-hour courses; varies by cohort
PSM 501 - PSM Industry Seminar I (all semester)
Semester 2: Spring
Science ANC 403 Pork Production
ANSC 404 Poultry Science
ANSC 444 Applied Animal Genetics
ANSC 520 Protein and Energy Nutrition
Business Two 2-hour courses; varies by cohort
PSM 502 - PSM Industry Seminar II (all semester)
Summer Internship
PSM 555 - PSM Internship
Semester 3: Fall
Science ACE 432 Farm Management
ANSC 420 Ruminant Nutrition 
ANSC 523 Techniques in Animal Nutrition
ANSC 592 Environmental Stress Physiology
Business One 2-hour course; varies by cohort
PSM 503 - PSM Industry Seminar III (all semester)
December Graduation

 

 

PRE-APPROVED COURSE OPTIONS BY SPECIALTY AREA*

Crop Production

Course # Course Title Hours
ACE 432 Farm Management 3 or 4
ACE 435 Global Agribusiness Management 3
CPSC 407 Diseases of Field Crops 3
CPSC 412 Principles of Crop Advising 3
CPSC 414 Forage Crops and Pasture Eco 3
CPSC 415 Bioenergy Crops 3
CPSC 418 Crop Growth and Management 3
CPSC 419 Midwest Agricultural Practices 1
CPSC 426 Weed Management in Agronomic Crops 3
CPSC 428 Weed Science Practicum 2
CPSC 431 Plants and Global Change 3
CPSC 440 Applied Statistical Methods I 4
CPSC 452 Advanced Plant Genetics 3
CPSC 453 Principles of Plant Breeding 4
CPSC 462 Plant Molecular Biology 1
CPSC 466 Genomics for Plant Improvement 2
CPSC 479 Insect Pest Management 3
CPSC 484 Plant Physiology 3
CPSC 488 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers 3
CPSC 489 Photosynthesis 3
CPSC 518 Crop Growth and Development 4
CPSC 526 Herbicide Action in Plants 4
CPSC 538 Environmental Plant Physiology 4
CPSC 555 Crop Germplasm Resources 2
CPSC 556 Plant Breeding Literature 1
CPSC 558 Quantitative Plant Breeding 4
SPCS 564 Molecular Marker Data Analysis 3
CPSC 588 Plant Biochemistry 4
CPSC 598 Seminar 1
HORT 421 Horticultural Physiology 4
HORT 442 Plant Nutrition 4
IB 401 Introduction to Entomology 3 or 4
IB 424 Plant Development  
NRES 474 Soil and Water Conservation 3
PLPA 405 Plant Disease Diagnosis 3

 

Food Animal Production

Course # Course Title Hours
ACE 435 Global Agribusiness Management 3
ANSC 400 Dairy Herd Management 3
ANSC 401 Beef Production 3
ANSC 402 Sheep Production 3
ANSC 403 Pork Production 3
ANSC 404 Poultry Science 3
ANSC 405 Advanced Dairy Management 2
ANSC 407 Animal Shelter Management 3
ANSC 409 Meat Science 3
ANSC 420 Ruminant Nutrition 3
ANSC 423 Advanced Dairy Nutrition 2
ANSC 431 Advanced Reproductive Biology 3
ANSC 435 Milk Quality and Udder Health 2
ANSC 437 Advanced Reproductive Management 2
ANSC 438 Lactation Biology 4
ANSC 440 Applied Statistical Methods I 4
ANSC 444 Applied Animal Genetics 3
ANSC 446 Population Genetics 3 or 4
ANSC 448 Math Modeling in Life Sciences 3 or 4
ANSC 452 Animal Growth and Development 3 or 4
ANSC 467 Applied Animal Ecology 3
ANSC 509 Muscle Biology 2
ANSC 520 Protein and Energy Nutrition 3
ANSC 521 Regulation of Metabolism 4
ANSC 523 Techniques in Animal Nutrition 3
ANSC 524 Nonruminant Nutrition Concepts 2
ANSC 525 Topics in Nutrition Research 1 to 3
ANSC 533 Reproductive Physiology Lab Methods 1 to 3
ANSC 561 Animal Stress Physiology 2
ANSC 590 Animal Sciences Seminar 0 to 2
ANSC 592 Environmental Stress Physiology 1 to 4
CB 514 Neurotoxicology 3
CB 516 Reproduction and Developmental Toxicology 3
CPSC 414 Forage Crops and Pasture Ecology 3

 

Sustainable Production Systems

Course # Course Title Hours
CPSC 431 Plants and Global Change 3
CPSC 436 Conservation Biology 4
CPSC 440 Applied Statistical Methods I 4
IB 471 General Mycology 4
IB 532 Sustainability and Global Change 4
NRES 401 Watershed Hydrology 3
NRES 403 Watershed and Water Quality 3
NRES 406 Fluvial Geomorphology 4
NRES 419 Environment and Plant Ecosystems 3
NRES 420 Restoration Ecology 4
NRES 421 Quantitative Methods in NRES 3
NRES 429 Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation 3
NRES 430 Communication in Environmental Social Movements 3
NRES 439 Environment and Sustainable Development 3
NRES 446 Sustainable Planning Seminar 4
NRES 454 GIS in Natural Resource Management 4
NRES 455 Advanced GIS for Natural Resource Management 2
NRES 456 Integrative Ecosystem Management 3
NRES 462 Ecosystem Ecology 3
NRES 474 Soil and Water Conservation 3
NRES 475 Environmental Microbiology 3
NRES 477 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
NRES 488 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers 3
NRES 510 Advanced Natural Resource Economics 4
NRES 511 Principles of Applied Ecology 4
NRES 512 Discussion in NRES 1 to 2
NRES 516 Ecosystem Biogeiochemistry 4
NRES 572 Chemistry of Soil Fertility 4
NRES 592 Sustainable Urban Systems 4
UP 456 Sustainable Planning Workshop 4

 

*Course numbers and titles are subject to change.  Please note that some courses are only offered in select terms. For more information, please reference the Illinois Course Catalog.

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