The continued success of agricultural industry depends on a supply of qualified professionals serving a rapidly changing industry. Higher education must structure curricula to meet evolving needs. Lack of development of problem solving skills creates a gap between basic science and real world problems. An integrated curriculum providing a link between basic biology and food systems courses should strengthen and expand the graduate's analytical problem recognition and problem solving skills. We describe an introductory agricultural curriculum that integrates basic biology and some chemistry with an introduction to agricultural production, including crops, livestock, and associated biotechnology.



integrated course, agricultural biology

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