Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

The major in Plant Sciences prepares undergraduate students for professional careers in both the public and private sectors. Flexible course requirements allow students to develop individual areas of concentration and prepare for a variety of positions after graduation. In addition, the program provides a solid background for graduate study in several science and policy disciplines.

Freshmen: Introductory courses in horticulture, biology, landscape architecture, mathematics and liberal arts.

Sophomores: Pre-professional and concentration courses in horticulture, prerequisites in arts and sciences.

Juniors: Concentration courses and supporting electives.

Seniors: Advanced concentration studies and supporting electives.

Plant Sciences​ focuses on the sustainable culture and use of plants to enhance the human environment. Graduates of this program pursue careers as:

Golf course superintendentPlant propagator
HorticulturistNursery owners or operator
Landscape contractorLawn service firm manager
Park systems or arboretum managerTechnical representative
Garden centers and floral shop proprietorVegetable or fruit grower

Graduates may also enter graduate school for careers in research and education.

This program of study fulfills certification requirements for the American Society of Agronomy, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, as well as various other certifications in horticulture and arboriculture. The major comprises 120 credits, including 25 credits of pre-professional courses, 50 credits in concentration and supporting courses, and 6 internship credits.

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