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Exploratory & Introductory Courses

A number of elective and introductory courses in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences can help students explore interests, meet requirements for their individual degrees, and decide on a potential major or minor.

Exploratory Courses

These courses are great for freshmen and sophomores; they do not have prerequisites and most are general education.

  • AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You
    • Credits: 3 (S)     Summer B, Fall, Spring (online course)

      This course emphasizes the role of agriculture and economics. The how's and why's of their influence on food prices and the world food situation, the environment, natural resources and government policy; and economic issues, including inflation and money.

  • AEB 2451 Economics of Resource Use
    • Credits: 3 (S)     Fall

      An introduction to how economists value the environment and regulations designed to protect our natural resources from overuse and degradation.

  • ALS 4932 Humanity's 2050 Challenge: Our Uncertain Future
    • Credits: 3    Fall

      This course focuses on the uncertainty of our ability to feed the world in 2050. Students will think critically, communicate how products and processes affect sustainability, and work with others from diverse backgrounds and majors.

  • ANS 2002 The Meat We Eat
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Fall, Spring

      Consumer oriented elective covering meat as a food, its inspection for wholesomeness, meat grading, identification, processing, selection, preparation and serving. Preparation of economical, nutritious and palatable meals centered around meat will be emphasized.

  • AOM 2520 Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future
    • Credits: 3    Fall (online course)

      Students will explore the global history of energy sources. New energy sources will be investigated and international solutions to future needs will be analyzed.

  • ATE 2511 Companion Animal Biology and Management
    • Credits: 3    Spring

      Principles and practices of proper selection, care, nutrition, genetics, reproduction and training of companion animals, with emphasis on dogs, cats and selected bird species.

  • ENY 1001 Bugs and People
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Summer B, Fall, Spring

      General education course for lower-division undergraduates who would like to learn popular information about insects and associated organisms.

  • ENY 2040 The Insects
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Summer B, Fall, Spring

      An introduction to insect biology, insect-organism interaction and insect association with man. Features discussion of basic biological principles using insects as examples.

  • FAS 2024 Global and Regional Perspectives in Fisheries
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Spring

      Fish biology, ecology and habitats relevant to fisheries on both a global and regional (Florida) scale. Follows the fisheries occurring from cold, mountain rivers to the depths of the oceans, with special topics (e.g., artificial reefs, fisheries by catch and aquaculture).

  • FOR 2662 Forests for the Future
    • Credits: 3 (S)     Fall, Spring

      Examination of current environmental issues that impact individual, community, and institutional decisions about North American forest resources. Each issue will be reviewed with a framework that uses human behavior, policy options, and media messages to understand the issues. Students will be expected to understand key issues discussed and analyze the major social and ecological variables affecting each issue.

  • FOS 2001 Man's Food
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Fall & Spring (online course with on-campus component)
      Summer B (2 sections online with on-campus components and 1 section completely online -- registration for completely online section is through FSHN Undergraduate Student Services)

      For science and nonscience students. Discussion of current nutrition and food science topics concerning nutritional quality and safety of foods as they relate to one's health.

  • FRC 1010 Growing Fruit for Fun and Profit
    • Credits: 1    Spring

      For students, especially non-majors, desiring a concise mini-course in fruit growing and marketing. Fruit crops include citrus, pecan, blueberry, strawberry, peach, grape, apple, mango and avocado.

  • FYC 2005 Intro to Family Resource Management
    • Credits: 3    Fall, Spring

      Provides a basic understanding of the functioning of financial markets, the regulatory environment, relevant economic theories and financial policies, their logic and impact on consumers. Topics on cash, credit, wealth and risk management are real-life, activity-based to help students learn prudent habits for personal and family financial management.

  • HOS 1014 Vegetable Gardening
    • Credits: 1    Fall

      A course primarily for non-majors who desire to learn the basic principles of vegetable gardening. A garden will be required of each student.

  • MCB 2000 Microbiology
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Summer A, Fall, Spring

      The role of microorganisms in chemical transformations, disease, public health and agriculture. Fundamental concepts are discussed, followed by both beneficial and harmful actions of microorganisms as they affect our lives.

  • MCB 2000L Microbiology Laboratory
    • Credits: 1     Summer A, Fall, Spring

      Laboratory exercises will demonstrate biochemical transformations and present methods for studying microbial properties. Suitable as a general education science course, but not acceptable for admission to advanced microbiology courses nor for the preprofessional curricula required for the medical/veterinary sciences.

  • ORH 1030 Plants, Gardening and You
    • Credits: 1    Summer B, Fall, Spring

      A non-majors course that provides an overview of environmental horticulture. Emphasis is placed on the art and science of growing, installing and maintaining plants used to enhance and improve the human environment indoors and outdoors. During the course, students gain familiarity with the science and the industries associated with environmental horticulture.

  • ORH 2752 Sensory Gardening
    • Credits: 3    Spring

      A hands-on, multidisciplinary approach to environmental horticulture delivered through the context of the human senses. Class activities, assignments, and projects are designed to enhance students' awareness and understanding of how horticulture relates to the natural and built world, as well as the ways in which people perceive those worlds.

  • PCB 1051 Exploring Your Genome
    • Credits: 3    Fall (online course)

      This course focuses on what the genome sequence is, how it is analyzed, and its implications on human health. The course promotes genetic literacy.

  • PCB 2441 Biological Invaders
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Fall

      An introduction to plants and animals that are invading Florida and the U.S. Why biological invaders are second only to habitat destruction as threats to natural ecosystems, what makes some species invasive, how to control or prevent invasions, where international commerce may be regulated, and who is affected by such issues.

  • PEN 1136 Openwater Scuba Diving
    • Credits: 2     Summer C, Fall, Spring

      Beginning scuba diving including compass navigation, openwater diving environment, dive preparation and five openwater dives. Payment of required additional course fees and successful completion results in national certification as Open-water Scuba Diver.

  • PLP 2000 Plants, Plagues and People
    • Credits: 3 (B, H)    Summer B, Fall, Spring

      Biology and history of the human species. Oriented towards nonscience majors and presented chronologically from the origin of life to the present. Special emphasis on the impact plants, animals, and diseases have had and are having on human civilizations.

  • PLS 2003C Plants That Feed the World
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Fall

      Introduction to 25 of humankind's most important food crop plants with emphasis on soil and climatic adaptations, major producers and consumers, nutritional attributes, processing needs and types of products. Students will see the plants and seeds, as well as food and industrial products of the crop plants under study.

  • SWS 2007 The World of Water
    • Credits: 3 (P)     Fall, Spring

      Course explores the full range of water issues including abundance and quality of water in the environment, water policy, and conflict.

  • VEC 2100 World Herbs and Vegetables
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Summer B, Fall

      Introduces students to a variety of vegetables and culinary herbs. Emphasis placed on genetic, phytochemical and botanical diversity and importance of food phytochemicals and role of vegetables in nutrition.

  • WIS 2040 Wildlife Issues in a Changing World
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Summer B, Fall, Spring

      An introduction to the biological and ecological basis of wildlife issues and the pathways humans use to resolve these issues. Topics include: major animal phyla; evolutionary history of vertebrates; state, federal and international agencies that manage wildlife; impacts of human activities on wildlife. (Lab offered in Spring only)

  • WIS 2552 Biodiversity Conservation: Global Perspectives
    • Credits: 3 (B, N)     Fall, Spring (online course)

      Introduction to the relationship between humans and the global biotic environment that supports them. Human patterns of resource use and population biology determining the status of the earth's biodiversity resources. The goal of this course is to help students understand how today's human society affects global life support systems, and how individuals can shed light on environmental solutions.

Introductory Courses

These courses are a great way to find out more about one of our majors or start on a CALS minor.

  • ABE 2012C Introduction to Biological Engineering
    • Credits: 3 (WR)     Fall, Spring
      Prereq: MAC 2311

      The process of design is introduced along with approaches to solving engineering problems, manipulations and presentations of engineering data and applied engineering concepts.

  • ABE 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics
    • Credits: 4 (S)    Prereq: MAC 2233/2311 or higher

      An introduction to the field of food and resource economics, the principles of economics as applied to agriculture, and the economic problems of the agricultural industry and the individual farmer.

  • ACG 3501 Environment, Food and Society
    • Credits: 3 (B)

      Global issues and trends in population growth, natural resource (soil, water and plant genetic biodiversity) utilization, climate change and potential impacts of current trends on agriculture, natural resources, global food security and sustainability.

  • ANS 3006C Introduction to Animal Science
    • Credits: 4

      Role of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, poultry and horses in serving humans. Introduction to anatomy and physiology of digestion, growth, reproduction and the application of genetics to livestock improvement.

  • ANS 3216 Introduction to Equine Science
    • Credits: 3

      Designed for students with an interest in equine sciences but with limited equine experience. Principles of equine selection, care and utilization.

  • ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology
    • Credits: 2     Coreq: ENY 3005L

      An introduction to principles of insect study, including insect structure, insect development, evolutionary insect history and its ecological significance.

  • ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology Laboratory
    • Credits: 1 (B)     Coreq: ENY 3005

      Provides practical laboratory experience working with insects, dissecting insects and preparing lab reports. Insect collection is required.

  • ENY 3006C Life Science
    • Credits: 3    

      An introduction to insects and their interactions with man and the environment.

  • ENY 3030C Insect Field Biology
    • Credits: 3    

      The roles of insects in nature, emphasizing field exercises and experiments. Course is designed for non-majors.

  • EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration
    • Credits: 4
      Coreq: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010C, or instructor permission.

      Restoration theory and planning, disturbed land reclamation, woodland/wetland/river restoration, invasive species, community involvement, and monitoring, and emphasizes plant selection, establishment and maintenance.

  • EVS 3000 Environmental Science
    • Credits: 3     Fall, Spring
      Prereq: CHM 2045 or CHM 2047 or CHM 2095

      Interactions of humans and their environments, Earth's resources, pollution and environmental management.

  • EVS 3000L Environmental Science Laboratory
    • Credits: 3     Fall, Spring
      Coreq: EVS 3000

      Hands-on experience in data collection and analysis for environmental science and management.

  • FAS 4305C Introduction to Fishery Science
    • Credits: 3     Spring
      Prereq: Refer to the department

      Principles of fish management in freshwater and marine systems. Includes field and laboratory techniques for aquatic habitat and fishery resource assessment, aquaculture practices and consideration of contemporary issues pertinent to sport and commercial uses of renewable fisheries resources.

  • FAS 4405 Aquariums, Water and Aquaculture
    • Credits: 3     Spring
      Prereq: BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L or instructor premission

      Culture methods of fish and shellfish, species selection, biological and environmental principles, case histories and future trends.

  • FOR 3004 Forests, Conservation and People
    • Credits: 3 (B)

      A general background course for non-FRC students interested in management, use and conservation of forest resources. Topics include resource description, historical perspectives, current issues, forest biology and management principles.

  • FOR 3153C Forest Ecology
    • Credits: 3 (B)

      Ecological principles and their application to the management of forests; major sections include tree population, forest community dynamics and ecosystem processes.

  • FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources
    • Credits: 3     Prereq: 3FY or instructor permission

      An overview of current and historical views of forest conservation, utilization and policy; principles of forest biology, ecology, Silviculture and management relevant to future courses and careers; basic field research, communications and computer skills.

  • FOR 3434C Forest Resources Information Systems
    • Credits: 3     Summer B

      Introduction to the concepts, principles and applications of geographic information systems, remote sensing and global positioning systems that emphasize applications in forest resource management.

  • FOS 3042 Introductory Food Science
    • Credits: 3 (B)    Fall, Spring, Summer C (live and online available)
      Online section registration is through FSHN Undergraduate Student Services

      Commodities selected for human consumption and the methods used by food technologists to prolong shelf life, retard spoilage and ensure quality. Principles upon which the various processing methodologies are based.

  • FYC 3001 Principles of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
    • Credits: 3 (S)    Fall, Spring, Summer A
      Prereq: 30 hours or more

      Introduction to the study and practice of family, youth and community sciences. Presents analytic concepts used in the study of family, youth and community sciences. Emphasizes the vulnerabilities and needs of U.S. children, youth, families and communities, and describes human services that maximize human potential and minimize personal and societal costs. Introduces students to the roles and skills of the human service professional.

  • HOS 3020 Principles of Horticulture Crop Production
    • Credits: 3

      Provides a basic understanding of the world fruit and vegetable industry. Emphasis will be placed on world., U.S. and Florida production regions, biology, soils, nutrition, terminology, types of fruits and vegetables, site selection and more.

  • HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
    • Credits: 3 (B)    Fall, Spring, Summer B

      Prereq: BSC 2007 or BSC 2010 or CHM 1025 or CHM 2045 or APK 2100C or APK 2105C or CHM 1030.

      The properties, functions, requirements, interrelationships and metabolism of nutrients.

  • MCB 3703 Astrobiology
    • Credits: 3     Prereq: introductory course in microbiology, astronomy, chemistry, physics or geology

      Astrobiology examines the origin, evolution and future of life in our solar system. Topics include planetary habitability, astrobiogeochemistry, microbial life and human space flight.

  • PKG 3001 Principles of Packaging
    • Credits: 3     Fall

      Course focuses on the materials, uses, functions and production processes of packaging. Topics include an industry overview and related applications as well as the historical, societal and technological drivers of packaging and how end-users decide on the product/package combination they use for their product and the impact these choices make on the product's market success.

  • PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science
    • Credits: 3 (B)     Prereq: BOT 2010C or BSC 2010.

      Introduction to the principles and practices of plant production systems. An overview of plant evolution, anatomy, physiology, improvement, pest, water and nutrient management as applied to a variety of plant production systems.

  • SUR 3103C Geomatics
    • Credits: 3     Fall
      Prereq: MAC 1147 and MAC 2311 placement or equivalent

      Introduction to angle, distance and elevation measurement, as applied to engineering, boundary location, topography, forest management and construction. Covers error theory as well as horizontal and vertical curves.

  • SUR 3323 Visualization of Spatial Information
    • Credits: 3     Fall

      Methods of mapping, modeling, communicating and visualizing spatial features. Includes boundary and topographical features, attributes, site modeling, site development and mapping using computer-aided mapping and design features.

  • SUR 3393 Geographic Information Systems
    • Credits: 2     Fall

      GIS concepts, surveying and mapping inputs in GIS development, comparison of GIS systems and applications in the natural and physical sciences, engineering and planning.

  • SUR 3393L Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
    • Credits: 1     Fall
      Coreq: SUR 3393

      Geographic information systems, image processing, remote sensing and digitizing.

  • SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment
    • Credits: 3 (P)

      Fundamentals of soil science emphasizing the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils in relation to growth of native and agricultural plants and environmental uses.

  • SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory
    • Credits: 1

      Hands-on exposure to soils-related properties and processes.

  • WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • Credits: 3     Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L

      Wildlife as a natural resource with emphasis on principles of conservation, ecology and management.

  • WIS 3401L Wildlife Ecology and Management Laboratory
    • Credits: 2     Prereq: WIS 3401

      Laboratory familiarizing students with the characteristics, life history traits and identification of Florida's birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

  • WIS 3402 Wildlife of Florida
    • Credits: 3

      The diversity of wildlife species in Florida with emphasis on amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.

  • WIS 3402L Wildlife of Florida Laboratory
    • Credits: 1

      Laboratory exploring the diversity of wildlife in Florida's ecosystems with emphasis on field identification, natural history and ecology of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

CALS students enhance their time at UF

CALS students enhance their time at UF by gaining hands-on experience both in and outside the classroom.