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
ABM 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:
AG_S_M 2340Pesticide Application Equipment3
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 3110Horticultural Drainage and Irrigation Systems2
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 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
PLNT_S 4355Advanced Turfgrass Management3
PLNT_S 4365Greenhouse Crops Production4
PLNT_S 4975Advanced Landscape Design4

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Semester Plan

First Year
BIO_SC 12005CHEM 11003
PLNT_S 11201AG_ED_LD 22203
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
HIST 1100 or 12003ABM 1041 or 10423
PLNT_S 20753Humanities3
 15 15
Second Year
PLNT_S 22103PLNT_S 21253
PLNT_S 3210 (or PLNT_S 3710 and PLNT_S 3715) 4-5PLNT_S 22402
PLNT_S 32543PLNT_S 22502
 FINPLN 21833
Social Science Course3Elective3
Elective3Humanities Course3
 16-17 16
Third Year
PLNT_S 22153PLNT_S 32521
PLNT_S 32303SOIL 21003
PLNT_S 33553PLNT_S 31301
Communications Elective 3SOIL 21062
Elective 3Writing Intensive Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
PLNT_S 45004PLNT_S 32502
PLNT_S 22543PLNT_S 49754
Elective3ABM 22233
Elective3PLNT_S 31102
Elective 1Elective3
 14 14
Total Credits: 120-121

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