Plant Sciences

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Learn about how plants grow and develop in managed agricultural ecosystems and how plant products are utilized for food, fiber and environmental enhancement.

The Plant Sciences major is designed for students who are interested in a scientific understanding of how plants grow and develop in managed agricultural ecosystems and how plant products are utilized for food, fiber and environmental enhancement. Advances in science and technology have provided new insights and options for using plants to address the issues associated with providing renewable food, fiber and energy resources for a growing global population while minimizing adverse impacts on the natural environment. Graduates in Plant Sciences are able to apply their skills and knowledge to a diverse range of agricultural and environmental goals or pursue advanced degrees in plant sciences.

The program

The curriculum provides depth in the biological and physical sciences and a sound understanding of how plants obtain and utilize resources from their environment to sustain their growth and development. The influences of genetics, management systems and environmental inputs on crop development and productivity are emphasized along with the postharvest preservation and marketing of plant products. Students will develop an area of specialization with options in Crop Production, Plant Genetics and Breeding, or Postharvest Biology and Technology. An Individual option is also available to match specific subject matter or career goal interests in the plant sciences. All students gain practical experience through a combination of practical laboratory courses and internships. Students may also pursue an Honors thesis in their senior year


  • Crop Production
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Postharvest Biology and Technology
  • Individual

Career options

  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture and Food Scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biotechnology
  • Consultant
  • Cooperative Extension Advisor
  • Crop Farmer
  • Ecologist
  • Educator
  • Farm Advisor
  • Geneticist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • International Developer
  • Journalist
  • Pest Management
  • Plant Breeder
  • Plant Genetiscist
  • Post-Harvest Technology Manager
  • Research Scientist

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