Plant and Soil Sciences

The Plant and Soil Sciences program permits students to specialize in agronomy or horticulture. The agronomic option is structured to provide formal classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory experiences in the production and protection of feed, food, fiber, and oil crops as well as turf grass production and management. In addition to the scientific aspects of plant and soil science, the horticulture option also provides laboratory experiences in landscape design, greenhouse management, plant propagation, and various production aspects of vegetable, fruit, nut, and ornamental crops. Graduates can expect to qualify for positions in sales of seeds, fertilizers and chemicals; service and consulting; production of agronomic and ornamental crops; landscape planning and maintenance of residential and commercial properties, parks, golf courses, and other recreational areas; agricultural extension service; and natural resource conservation.