BS in Plant Sciences with Emphasis in Turfgrass Science

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 Turfgrass Science emphasis area.  From observing sporting events to participation in recreational or professional sports, turf serves as the platform upon which outdoor sports are played.  The basics of turfgrass selection, production, and protection offer diverse careers where the outdoors is your office: golf course superintendent, lawn technician, city park management, and sports complex turf manager. For those that enjoy the outdoors and green backgrounds, opportunities abound to work in low profile (parks and recreation) or high profile (Busch Stadium) venues.  Turfgrass scientists strive to improve the ability of turfgrass to withstand the demands of drought, weeds, pest invasions and foot traffic. Professional sports teams, golf courses, cities and school systems all offer careers in turfgrass management.

Major Program Requirements

Emphasis Area Requirements

Creation and maintenance of high quality turf areas for sporting activities, home lawns, and utility areas are important. Careers are available to protect turf from pests and optimize growth; integrated strategies emphasize conservation of water and other natural resources.

Turfgrass Science Emphasis Area Requirements
AG_S_M 2340Pesticide Application Equipment3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
PLNT_S 3110Horticultural Drainage and Irrigation Systems2
PLNT_S 3210Principles of Weed Science4
PLNT_S 3213Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals3
PLNT_S 3355Introductory Turfgrass Management3
PLNT_S 3710Introductory Entomology3
PLNT_S 3715Insect Diversity2
PLNT_S 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
PLNT_S 4355Advanced Turfgrass Management3
Select two:3
PLNT_S 2210Ornamental Woody Plants3
PLNT_S 2215Ornamental Herbaceous Plants3
PLNT_S 3250Green Industry Bidding2

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Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plan for the BS in Plant Sciences

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Degree Audit

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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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