BS in Plant Sciences with Emphasis in Crop Management

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.

Whether from a farm or urban background, developing technology in the husbandry and protection of agronomic or horticultural crops has created this productive career track. Students utilize a combination of classroom and outdoor experiences to prepare for one of many opportunities: crop consultant, agronomist, crop sales representative, pest management specialist, farmer or entrepreneur, and advanced education. Crop growth and protection careers will be in demand well into the future. Crop management specialists find employment with universities, the USDA Agricultural Research Service or private companies. They answer agronomic questions specific to their region, study major field and forage crops, and examine the feasibility of growing alternative crops for niche markets.  

Major Program Requirements

Students are required to completed the BS in Plant Sciences major program requirements in addition to the emphasis area requirements.

Emphasis Requirements

The management of food and fiber crops is key to meeting the global demands for food and energy. There are many opportunities to improve plant growth by manipulating production practices and improving control of disease, insect, and weed pests.

Crop Management Emphasis Area Requirements
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
ABM 2123Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 3
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
PLNT_SCI 3213Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals3
or BIO_SC 2200 General Genetics
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
PLNT_SCI 3225Plant Breeding and Genetics3
PLNT_SCI 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
PLNT_SCI 4315Crop Physiology3
Select three:
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
PLNT_SCI 3270Forage Crops3
PLNT_SCI 3275Grain Crops3
PLNT_SCI 3355Introductory Turfgrass Management3
PLNT_SCI 4325Advanced Plant Breeding3
PLNT_SCI 4345Principles of Viticulture and Winemaking3
PLNT_SCI 4360Precision Agriculture Science and Technology3

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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
BIO_SC 12005CHEM 13204
PLNT_SCI 11201ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003State Requirement3
ABM 10413AGSC_COM 2220 or COMMUN 12003
 15 16
Second Year
Professional Development3PLNT_SCI 21254
Writing Intensive3SOIL 21003
Behavioral or Social Sci3SOIL 21062
PLNT_SCI 3213 or BIO_SC 22004Professional Development3
Elective3ABM 2123 or STAT 12003
 16 15
Third Year
PLNT_SCI 32253PLNT_SCI 43133
PLNT_SCI 3210W4Select 3 Course3
Select 3 Course3Emphasis Area Course3
Emphasis Area Course3Electives 6
 16 15
Fourth Year
PLNT_SCI 45004PLNT_SCI 43153
Capstone Experience3PLNT_SCI 37103
Select 3 Course3Electives9
 13 15
Total Credits: 121

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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