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 of foundational courses, then further refine their expertise by choosing among three emphasis areas: Breeding, Biology & Biotechnology; Crop Management; and Horticultural Science and Design.
Major Program Requirements
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences are required to complete all University general education, University graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements. Students earning a degree in Plant Sciences must select at least one emphasis area.
If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like to information on how they apply to this degree, you can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I *Required for BBB & Crop Mang emphasis||3-4|
|or CHEM 1100||Atoms and Molecules with Lab|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or ABM 1042||Applied Macroeconomics|
|or ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics|
|or ECONOM 1015||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|AGSC_COM 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|or COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking|
|PLNT_SCI 1120||Career Development||1|
|PLNT_SCI 2125||Plant Structure and Function||4|
|PLNT_SCI 3210W||Principles of Weed Science - Writing Intensive||4|
|PLNT_SCI 3710||Introductory Entomology||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4500||Biology and Pathogenesis of Plant-Associated Microbes||4|
|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 AGSC_COM 3210||Fundamentals of Communications|
|or AGSC_COM 3240||Communicating on the Web|
|Select one course (3 credit hours) from ACCTCY, ABM, ECONOM, FINANC, MANGMT, MRKTNG, or FINPLN|
|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_SCI 4940||Internship in Plant Science||3|
|or PLNT_SCI 4950||Undergraduate Research in Plant Science|
|or PLNT_SCI 4975||Advanced Landscape Design|
|*PLNT_SCI 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.
|BIO_SC 1200||5||CHEM 1320||4|
|PLNT_SCI 1120||1||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|MATH 1100||3||AGSC_COM 2220 or COMMUN 1200||3|
|ABM 1041||3||State Requirement||3|
|Professional Development Course||3||SOIL 2100||3|
|Writing Intensive Course||3||SOIL 2106||2|
|Behavioral or Social Science Course||3||PLNT_SCI 2125||3|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||Professional Development||3|
|Elective||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3210W||4||Emphasis Area Courses||9|
|Emphasis Area Courses||9||Electives||6|
|PLNT_SCI 4500||4||PLNT_SCI 3710||3|
|Capstone Experience||3||Emphasis Area Courses||7|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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Major and Career Exploration
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- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
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- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.