Areas of Emphasis

Choosing to study in the fields of horticulture or plant and soil sciences is way more than just learning about farming.  Whether you are interested in agriculture, pure science or even business, a major in our programs offers you the opportunity to pursue a career that will impact the planet.

Students can select to pursue one of four options (Crop, Soil and Horticulture Science; Crops & Livestock; Horticulture Enterprise Management; and Turfgrass Science) under the Horticulture, Plant & Soil Science (HPLS) degree OR choose a NEW Modern Agronomic Crop Production (MACP) option under the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment's Independent Program in Agriculture degree.

Crop, Soil and Horticulture Science

 

This option prepares students for scientific careers in Plant and Soil Science and Horticulture. Students will get hands on experience in the lab and on our experimentation farms working in areas as diverse as soil science, plant pathology, botany, microbiology, genetics, ecosystems management, and more. Each student in this track is matched with a faculty member to work with on a research project in their field of interest. This option prepares students for graduate work in the related science fields and eventual careers in research and scientific development.

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Horticulure Enterprise Management

From fruit and vegetable production to landscaping, arboretums and botanical gardens to viticulture, Horticulture Enterprise Management covers a lot of ground. Students combine the latest science in their field with the practical experience necessary to own or manage horticulure based businesses or non-profits. Careers can include farm or vineyard ownerships and management, agricultural extension work, greenhouse or nursery ownership and management, floral design work, and more.

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Modern Agronomic Crop Production

The Independent Program in Agriculture- Modern Agronomic Crop Production option gives students a solid foundation in agronomic principles paired with the flexibility to develop the degree to suit career goals as varied as hands on production to agribusiness sales and marketing to government and lobby work. Students will work closely with an advisor to select classes to build on the competencies they need to succeed. The Independent Program emphasises hand on learning.

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Crops & Livestock

The Crops and Livestock option was designed for students interested in maximizing their understanding of the interplay between agronomy and livestock production. Students will gain a strong grounding in agronomic production principles, emphasizing the production of pasture, forage, and feed crops. At the same time, they complete an Animal Science minor, which gives them a firm foundation on the principles of livestock production. Students go on to careers in mixed use and production farming, agribusiness sales and marketing, agricultural extension work, government agency work, and more.

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Turfgrass Science

Study the science and business aspects of intensively managed grass plantings. Students gain and undertsanding of grass breeds, climatological issues, soil science, weed and pest management, plant diseases, and more.  Professionals in this field take the knowledge they've learned an apply it at golf courses, sports fields from parks and recreation programs to the pros, and to large scale lawncare and landscaping.

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