BS in Plant Sciences

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 by choosing among a variety of emphasis areas including: Breeding, Biology & Biotechnology; Crop Management; and Horticultural Science and Design.  A few of the plant sciences careers include crop management specialists, horticulturists, plant geneticists, biotechnologists, plant protection specialists, and turfgrass scientists. 

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences are required to complete all University general education, University graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.  Students earning a degree in Plant Sciences must select at least one emphasis area

If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like to information on how they apply to this degree, you can email for general recommendations.

Foundational Courses
MATH 1100College Algebra3
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory5
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ABM 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
Major Requirements
PLNT_SCI 1120Career Development 1
PLNT_SCI 2125Plant Structure and Function3
PLNT_SCI 3230WPlant Propagation - Writing Intensive3
PLNT_SCI 4500Biology and Pathogenesis of Plant-Associated Microbes4
PLNT_SCI 3210Principles of Weed Science4
PLNT_SCI 3710Introductory Entomology3
Professional Development (Select One)3
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
or AG_ED_LD 2260 Team and Organizational Leadership
or ENGLSH 2030 Professional Writing
or AGSC_COM 3210 Fundamentals of Communications
or AGSC_COM 3240 Communicating on the Web
Select one course (3 credit hours) from ACCTCY, ABM, ECONOM, FINANC, MANGMT, MRKTNG, or FINPLN
Emphasis Requirements
The BS in Plant Sciences consists of three emphasis areas: Breeding, Biology & Biotechnology; Crop Management; and Horticultural Science & Design. Each emphasis area has a list of required classes and electives in addition to Major Requirements.
Capstone Experience (select one):
PLNT_SCI 4940Internship in Plant Science3
or PLNT_SCI 4950 Undergraduate Research in Plant Science
or PLNT_SCI 4975 Advanced Landscape Design
*PLNT_SCI 4975 is for Horticultural Science & Design students only
Total Credit Hours Required120

For additional course options see General Education List at eligible must include an “HFA” in appropriate column.

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
ABM 10413MATH 11003
ENGLSH 10003AGSC_COM 22203
BIO_SC 12005HIST 1200 (State Law)3
PLNT_SCI 11201AG_ED_LD 22603
Humanities Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 13204SOIL 21003
Emphasis Area courses12SOIL 21062
 PLNT_SCI 21253
 Emphasis Area courses6
 16 14
Third Year
PLNT_SCI 32303AN_SCI 32133
PLNT_SCI 32104PLNT_SCI 37103
Elective3Writing Intensive course3
Emphasis Area courses6Professional Development course3
 Emphasis Area courses3
 16 15
Fourth Year
PLNT_SCI 45004Emphasis Area courses9
Senior Capstone3Electives6
Emphasis Area courses7 
 14 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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