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.  

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Major Program Requirements

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

Major Requirements
PLNT_S 1120Career Development1
PLNT_S 2125Plant Structure and Function3
PLNT_S 3130Undergraduate Seminar in Plant Science1
PLNT_S 4500Biology and Pathogenesis of Plant-Associated Microbes4
Select one: (see emphasis area for specific requirements)4-5
PLNT_S 3210Principles of Weed Science4
or PLNT_S 3710
PLNT_S 3715
Introductory Entomology
and Insect Diversity
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 SCI_AG_J 3210 Fundamentals of Communications
or SCI_AG_J 3240 Communicating on the Web
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_S 4940Internship in Plant Science3
or PLNT_S 4950 Undergraduate Research in Plant Science
or PLNT_S 4975 Advanced Landscape Design
*PLNT_S 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
ABM 10413AG_ED_LD 22203
ENGLSH 10003HIST 12003
BIO_SC 12005AG_ED_LD 22603
PLNT_S 11201Elective3
Humanities Elective3 
 18 15
Second Year
CHEM 11003PLNT_S 21003
Emphasis Area courses12SOIL 21062
 PLNT_S 21253
 PLNT_S 31301
 Emphasis Area courses6
 15 15
Third Year
PLNT_S 32303PLNT_S 32133
Pest course4Writing Intensive course3
Elective3Professional Development course3
Emphasis Area courses6Emphasis Area courses6
 16 15
Fourth Year
PLNT_S 45004Emphasis Area courses9
Senior Capstone3Electives6
Emphasis Area courses7 
 14 15
Total Credits: 123

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Degree Audit

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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 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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