Brief Description of the Major Field
The MAgr AGR is a non-thesis program of the Crop Science Cluster. Students under the MAgr AGR program is expected to have a firm grasp of the underlying principles and practices in production and management of field crops. Students who intend to apply for the program must have background or must take basic courses in crop physiology, organic chemistry, and soil fertility.
Bachelor of Science graduates in Agriculture or equivalent/related programs
Graduates of the program may be tapped as teaching staff, researcher, or extension agent in agriculture colleges/universities, or as scientist at local and international research centers. A number of graduates are also employed at the Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies. Private institutions (e.g. multinational agricultural and chemical companies) also hire graduates as marketing specialist, technical staff, manager/supervisor, or consultant. Some graduates are also into entrepreneurial pursuits, managing own farms or other business units.
Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate
For MAgr and MS students - HORT 132/BOT 132, CHEM 40 and SOIL 150 / For PhD students - BOT 132/HORT 132, CHEM 40, SOIL 150, and CHEM 160. Students who have not taken the foundation or core courses should include them in the plans of course work in addition to the requirements for the degree. A foundation or core course need not be included in the program of the student if the course has been taken by the student. If an equivalent course was taken outside UPLB, the student must pass a validating examination. Determination of equivalence shall be the prerogative of the academic department offering the course.
The minimum number of units required for graduation in the MAgr AGR program is 36 units. At least 24 units of course work shall be in the major field, and at least 12 units in the minor field.
The MS AGR program requires a minimum of 32 units, these are 15 units of major courses, 9 units of minor courses, 2 units of seminar and 6 units of thesis. The major courses are composed of core courses AGR 112, AGR 241, CHEM 160 and other major courses to satisfy the minimum number of units.
For MS and PhD students with Agronomy as minor/cognate field at least 9 units of course work in Agronomy is required. AGR 241 or AGR 240 or both may be taken plus 6 or 3 units of other Agronomy courses depending on area of specialization. Students with weed science as a minor/cognate may opt not to include AGR 241/240.
AGR 235. Physiology of Herbicides (3). Absorption translocation, mechanism of action, and selectivity of herbicides. 3 hrs (class). PR. BOT 20 and CHEM 40 (2)
AGR 235.1. Laboratory on Mode of Action of Herbicides (2). Laboratory phase of Agronomy 235, 6 hrs (lab). (2)
AGR 236. Herbicide-Soil Interactions (3). Herbicide adsorption, leaching, volatilization, degradation, and persistence in soils. 3 hrs (class). PR. SOIL 1 or COI. (1)
AGR 240. Environmental Physiology (3). Characterization of climatic environment and elucidation of varied response of plants to its environment with emphasis on economically important crops. 3 hrs (class). PR. BOT 20 or COI. (1,2)
AGR 241. Advanced Field Crop Physiology and Ecology (3). Management and evaluation of the effects of climatic and edaphic factors on crop growth. 3 hrs (class). PR. BOT 20 or COI. (1,2)
AGR 250. Advanced Plant Breeding I (3). Types, uses, and induction of genetic variation; systems of pollen control; selection concepts and general breeding procedures for crops in each mode of pollination; approaches in breeding for specific characters. 3 hrs (class). PR. AGR 150 (2)
AGR 251. Advanced Plant Breeding II (3). Advanced concepts and methods in population breeding and cultivar development. 3 hrs (class). PR. BIO 130b and AGR 250. (1)
AGR 254. Crop Evolution (3). Origin and evolution of crop plants and dynamics of plant domestication. 3 hrs (class). PR. AGR 50 or COI. (1)
AGR 255/BIO 255. Population Genetics (3). Genetics of population undergoing random mating and inbreeding; effects of selection, mutation, migration and other forces on the genetic composition of natural and artificial biological population. 3 hrs (class). PR. BIO 130b and MATH 26. (1)
AGR 256. Quantitative Genetics (3). Genetics of quantitative characters in random and nonrandom mating population. Application of quantitative genetic theories in breeding work. 3 hrs (class). PR. AGR 255. (2)
AGR 258. Molecular Plant Breeding (3). Molecular markers, recombinant DNA technology, and cell and tissue culture technology in crop improvement. 3 hrs (class). PR. AGR 150 and BIO 101 or COI. (1)
AGR 270. Seed Science, Technology and Program Development (3). Advanced concepts in the science and technology of seed production, postproduction, genetic conservation, testing and quality control; policies and management of seed and related programs. 3 hrs (class). PR. AGR 170 or COI. (1)
AGR 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2,S)
AGR 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2,S)
AGR 299. Graduate Seminar in Agronomy (1). May be taken twice for a maximum of 2 units. I hr (class). PR. Graduate standing. (1,2)
AGR 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1,2,S)
AGR 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12). (1,2,S)
AGRI 211. Design and Assessment of Farming Systems (3). Critical analysis, designing and evaluating farming systems. 3 hrs (class). PR. AGRI III or COI. (2)
AGRI 221. Advanced Ecological Agriculture (3). Dynamics of agroecosystem in relation to ecological agriculture practices, issues and concerns. 3 hrs (class). PR. AGRI 121 or COI. (2)
CRSC 245. Stress Physiology of Plants (3). Response of plants to various environmental stresses; morphophysiological, biochemical and genotypic variation as bases for adaptation to stress. 3 hrs (class). PR. BOT 20. (1,2)
Key Person: Dr. Jose E. Hernandez, Director
Phone Number: (049) 536-2448; 536-2468