About Us: 2016 Autumn Seminar Series
2016 Autumn Seminar Series
A New Undergraduate Curriculum for HCS
The undergraduate program in Horticulture and Crop Science is vital to our teaching and research mission. Changes in recent years have included i) a declining student population, especially in landscape and turf, ii) an increasing proportion of urban students, iii) changes in research areas and opportunities, iv) new faculty interests, v) competitive undergraduate programs in our peer institutions, and vi) the requirement for fiscal viability. To meet these changes, we need to restructure our undergraduate curriculum. These changes include: i) the option for additional specialization(s) that increase our student population, ii) the addition of an 'embedded' minor, to allow students access to a broader range classes supporting a plant science program, iii) new classes and revisions to existing classes to ensure our program remains competitive with our peer institutions, and iv) a revised Capstone program. This seminar will present a broad overview of the needs of our curriculum and changes proposed by HCS AAC to address those needs.