The Plant Sciences major prioritizes hands-on, experiential learning and offers three areas of specialization.
Plant Sciences B.S.
Get real world experience while you prepare for a career in the many public and private sectors of the horticulture industry. Choose one of three areas of focus: turfgrass management, ornamental horticulture, and sustainable crop production.
Some students work on the campus farms or in the greenhouse, while others do paid internships at botanical gardens, golf courses, tree care companies, farms, nurseries or other horticulture businesses or non-profits. Students seeking a more formal mentorship experience can participate in paid fellowship programs: Coastal and Environmental Fellows, Science and Engineering Fellows, or Agriculture and Food Systems Fellows. Want to dive deeper into a topic of particular interest? Independent research courses allow students to develop and execute a project together with a faculty advisor. Students seeking teaching experience can serve as undergraduate teaching assistants for course credit.
The M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES) are interdisciplinary, interdepartmental graduate degrees that involve faculty from multiple departments in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences and the Graduate School of Oceanography. Contact individual faculty to learn more about specific graduate research opportunities.
Biological and Environmental Sciences M.S., PhD.
Choose among five diverse areas of specialization, ranging from molecular biology to sustainable agriculture systems.
Get a different perspective
Off-campus study in agriculture or plant sciences is available for URI tuition through the National
Student Exchange and International Student Exchange programs. Explore agriculture in a different country or region and transfer classes back to URI. Multiple National Student Exchange partner schools in the southeast, midwest and west offer programs in horticulture or plant sciences, as do universities in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
R.I. Agriculture and Food Systems Fellows Program
Our students are eligible to apply to enter this premier talent pipeline for entry- to mid-level professionals with a comprehensive understanding of food-related science, and social science – how humans interact with food, where inequities with food access and security exist, and how they can contribute as professionals to build a safer, healthier, more sustainable and just food system.