BS in Plant Sciences with Emphasis in Horticultural Science and Design
Degree Program Description
From the food on our plates to the homes we live in to the fuel in our vehicles, plants impact all aspects of our daily lives. As an ever-growing human population continues to increase the demand for crops and other plant products, so too does the demand for plant scientists. Plant Sciences addresses the challenges from the field to the laboratory. Students enroll in a generalized core curriculum, then further refine their expertise in the Horticultural Science and Design emphasis area. The beauty of attractive indoor plant displays or ornamental species in landscapes adds value and satisfaction. Appreciating the plants around us and designing new ways to present them can lead to careers in nursery management, landscape designer, zoo groundskeeper, or botanic gardener. Students in this area learn the basics in the classroom and advance their skills working locally (greenhouses, landscape firms) or abroad (Epcot Center, MO Botanical Gardens). Horticulturists use their knowledge of plant growth to sustainably produce flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants to enhance the environment. Careers include botanical gardens, commercial greenhouses and nurseries, landscape design firms, or life science companies.
Major Program Requirements
Students are required to completed the BS in Plant Sciences major program requirements in addition to the emphasis area requirements.
Emphasis Area Requirements
Trees, flowers and other ornamental plants add beauty to our landscape, preserve green space, and reduce the negative impacts of climate change. Other plants such as vegetables and fruits enhance human health. Career opportunities exist to design landscapes, improve the value and beauty of homes and businesses, as well as commercially grow horticultural crops in greenhouses and other settings.
|Horticultural Science & Design Emphasis Area Requirements|
|ABM 2223||Agricultural Sales||3|
|CHEM 1100||Atoms and Molecules with Lab||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2075||Environmental Horticulture||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2210||Ornamental Landscape Plants I||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2215||Ornamental Landscape Plants II||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3250||Green Industry Bidding||2|
|PLNT_SCI 3355||Introductory Turfgrass Management||3|
|AG_S_TCH 2340||Pesticide Application Equipment||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2220||Introduction to Floral Design||2|
|PLNT_SCI 2221||Everyday Floral Design||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2250||Landscape Site Analysis||2|
|PLNT_SCI 2254||Landscape Design||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3110||Horticultural Drainage and Irrigation Systems||2|
|AN_SCI 3213||Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3220||Special Occasion Floral Design||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3221||Wedding Floral Design||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3222||Retail Floral Management||3|
|or PLNT_SCI 3222W||Retail Floral Management - Writing Intensive|
|PLNT_SCI 3252||Arboriculture and Pruning||1|
|PLNT_SCI 3254||Digital Landscape Graphics||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3260||Greenhouse Management||4|
|PLNT_SCI 4313||Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4345||Principles of Viticulture and Winemaking||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4355||Advanced Turfgrass Management||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4365||Greenhouse Crops Production||4|
|PLNT_SCI 4975||Advanced Landscape Design||4|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|BIO_SC 1200||5||CHEM 1100||3|
|PLNT_SCI 1120||1||AGSC_COM 2220||3|
|MATH 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|HIST 1100 or 1200||3||ABM 1041 or 1042||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2210||3||ABM 2223||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3210||4||PLNT_SCI 2125||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3254||3||PLNT_SCI 2250||2|
|Social Science Course||3||Humanities Course||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2215||3||PLNT_SCI 3252||1|
|PLNT_SCI 3230W||3||SOIL 2100||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3355||3||SOIL 2106||2|
|Communications Elective||3||Writing Intensive Elective||3|
|PLNT_SCI 2254||3||PLNT_SCI 3110||2|
|PLNT_SCI 4500||4||PLNT_SCI 3250||2|
|Total Credits: 120|
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