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; Horticultural Science and Design; and Turfgrass Science. 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 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.
|PLNT_S 1120||Career Development||1|
|PLNT_S 2125||Plant Structure and Function||3|
|PLNT_S 3130||Undergraduate Seminar in Plant Science||1|
|PLNT_S 4500||Biology and Pathogenesis of Plant-Associated Microbes||4|
|Select one: (see emphasis area for specific requirements)||4-5|
|PLNT_S 3210||Principles of Weed Science||4|
|or PLNT_S 3710|
& PLNT_S 3715
| Introductory Entomology|
and Insect Diversity
|Professional Development (Select One)||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2250||Introduction to Leadership||3|
|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|
|Select two courses from ACCTCY, AG_EC, ECONOM, FINANC, MANGMT, MRKTNG, or FINPLN|
|The BS in Plant Sciences consists of four emphasis areas: Breeding, Biology & Biotechnology; Crop Management; Horticultural Science & Design; and Turfgrass Science. Each emphasis area has a list of required classes and electives in addition to Major Requirements.|
|Capstone Experience (select one):|
|PLNT_S 4940||Internship in Plant Science||3|
|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 Required||120|
For additional course options see General Education List at http://generaleducation.missouri.edu/Courses eligible must include an “HFA” in appropriate column.
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.
|AG_EC 1041||3||MATH 1100||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||AG_ED_LD 2220||3|
|BIO_SC 1200||5||HIST 1200||3|
|PLNT_S 1120||1||AG_ED_LD 2260||3|
|CHEM 1100||3||PLNT_S 2100||3|
|Emphasis Area courses||12||SOIL 2106||2|
|Emphasis Area courses||6|
|PLNT_S 3230||3||PLNT_S 3213||3|
|Pest course||4||Writing Intensive course||3|
|Elective||3||Professional Development course||3|
|Emphasis Area courses||6||Emphasis Area courses||6|
|PLNT_S 4500||4||Emphasis Area courses||9|
|Emphasis Area courses||7|
|Total Credits: 120|
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