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Precision Agriculture

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering offers a minor in Precision Agriculture, the latest farming concept that optimizes fertilizer, pesticide and water use, while minimizing environmental concerns.

This minor acquaints students with recent developments and their applications to agriculture, in geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), variable rate technologies (VRT), crop and soil sensors, and remote sensing. The minor prepares students for challenging positions in site-specific crop management as we enter the “information age” in agriculture.

Requirements: 

18 units

Complete two courses (9 units)

  • ABT 150 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
    • Or LDA 150 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
  • ESM 186 Environmental Remote Sensing (5 units)
    • Discontinued ESM 186L Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory (2 units)

Choose at least 9 units

  • ABT 181N Concepts and Methods in Geographic Information Systems (4 units)
  • ABT 182 Environmental Analysis using GIS (4 units)
  • PLS 100A Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants (3 units)
  • PLS 100AL Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants Laboratory (2 units)
  • PLS 100B Growth and Yield of Cultivated Plants (3 units)
  • PLS 100BL Growth and Yield of Cultivated Plants Laboratory (2 units)
  • PLS 100C Environmental Interactions of Cultivated Plants (3 units)
  • PLS 100CL Environmental Interactions of Cultivated Plants Laboratory (2 units)
  • PLS 110A Principles of Agronomic Crop Production in Temperate and Tropical Systems (Discontinued) (3 units)
  • PLS 110B Management of Agronomic Crops in Temperate and Tropical Systems (Discontinued) (3 units)
  • PLS 110BL (Nonexistent)
  • PLS 110C Crop Management Systems for Vegetable Production (Discontinued) (4 units)
  • PLS 120 Applied Statistics in Agricultural Sciences (4 units)
    • Or STA 100 Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (4 units)
  • ERS 186 Environmental Remote Sensing (Discontinued) (3 units)
  • SSC 109 Sustainable Nutrient Management (4 units)

Total = 18 units

 

Minor Advisors

S. K. Upadhyaya
skupadhyaya@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-8770

D. K. Giles
dkgiles@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-0687