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 superintendent||Plant propagator|
|Horticulturist||Nursery owners or operator|
|Landscape contractor||Lawn service firm manager|
|Park systems or arboretum manager||Technical representative|
|Garden centers and floral shop proprietor||Vegetable 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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