Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in plant and soil sciences is ideal for students interested in careers related to production, marketing and/or management of horticulture or agronomic crops, landscape design/installation/maintenance, and other related businesses.

The plant and soil sciences degree offers students formal classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory experiences in the scientific aspects of plants and soil. Students may specialize in either agronomy or horticulture. Agronomy is the production and protection of feed, food, fiber, and oil crops as well as turf grass production and management. Horticulture is landscape operations, greenhouse management, plant propagation, and various production aspects of vegetable, fruit, nut, and ornamental crops. If you are interested in learning how to be the very best in agronomy or horticulture, then you should consider SHSU!

Student Groups

Students are encouraged to actively participate in professional extracurricular activities. Some of those sponsored by the department include Alpha Gamma Rho, Collegiate FFA, Delta Tau Alpha, Horticulture and Crop Science Club, and Sigma Alpha.

Careers in Plant And Soil Sciences

  • AgriLife Extension
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Landscape Planning and Maintenance
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Production
  • Sales
  • Texas Department of Agriculture
  • United States Department of Agriculture

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Plant & Soil Sciences brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15