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

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
AG_EC 2223Agricultural Sales3
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
PLNT_S 2075Environmental Horticulture3
PLNT_S 2210Ornamental Woody Plants3
PLNT_S 2215Ornamental Herbaceous Plants3
PLNT_S 3250Green Industry Bidding2
PLNT_S 3252Arboriculture and Pruning1
PLNT_S 3355Introductory Turfgrass Management3
Select five:
PLNT_S 2220Introduction to Floral Design2
PLNT_S 2221Everyday Floral Design3
PLNT_S 2240Landscape Graphic Communication2
PLNT_S 2250Landscape Site Analysis2
PLNT_S 2254Landscape Design3
PLNT_S 3213Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals3
PLNT_S 3220Special Occasion Floral Design3
PLNT_S 3221Wedding Floral Design3
PLNT_S 3222Retail Floral Management3
PLNT_S 3254Landscape AutoCAD3
PLNT_S 3260Greenhouse Management4
PLNT_S 4365Greenhouse Crops Production4
PLNT_S 4975Advanced Landscape Design4
Total33-38

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Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plan for the BS in Plant Sciences

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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 who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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