Bachelor of Science, Major in Plant and Soil Sciences

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The Plant and Soil Sciences' curriculum provides an educational background to those interested in employment in fields related to production, marketing and/or management of horticultural or agronomic crops; landscape design, installation, and maintenance; and other related businesses. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, nursery management, greenhouse plant production, turf management, landscape design and maintenance, floral industry, field crop production or consulting, natural resource conservation programs, chemical and seed production and sales, agricultural extension, and research/teaching.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Plant and Soil Sciences
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
AGRI 4388Prin Agr Ldrship Comm Develop (or COMS Elective)3
ACOM 3360Communication Skills for Agriculturists3
or ENGL 3330 Intro To Technical Writing
AGRI 1309Computers in Agriculture3
or CSTE 1330 Introduction To Computers
MATH or STAT Elective3
CHEM 1406Inorganic & Envir Chemistry 14
CHEM 1407Intro Organic and Biochemistry 14
Major Core
AGRI 1131Intro To Pro Leadership Skills1
PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
Plant Science
and Plant Science Laboratory
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
Animal Science
and Animal Science Laboratory
PLSC 2395Ornamental Plant Identification3
PLSC 3440Soil Science4
PLSC 3395Plant Propagation Techniques3
AGRI 4120Professional Career Skills1
Select 25 advanced hours from the following25
Production & Mgt Ornamentals
Turfgrass Culture
Landscape Design I
Fruit & Vegetable Production
Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers
Landscape Design II
Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt
Sports Turf Management
Integrated Pest Management
Directed Studies
Select 3 hour elective from: AGBU, AGET, AGRI, ANSC, EQSC, PLSC or WGMT3
Minor (if required)
Minor 12
Minor Advanced Hours6
Total Hours120

CHEM 1406 and CHEM 1407 satisfy the requirement for Component Area III and the degree specific requirement.


Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

First Year
AGRI 11311ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
AGRI 1309 or CSTE 13303Component Area I3
PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
4Component Area II3
Component Area I3Component Area VI3
Component Area VI3Component Area VII3
 14 16
Second Year
PLSC 23953PLSC 33953
CHEM 14064CHEM 14074
MATH or STAT Elective3Component Area VII3
Component Area V3Component Area VIII3
Component Area IV3Minor3
 16 16
Third Year
PLSC 34404Plant and Soil Sciences Electives9
ACOM 3360 or ENGL 33303Minor6
AGRI 43883 
Component Area IX4 
 14 15
Fourth Year
Plant and Soil Sciences Electives6AGRI 41201
AGRI Elective3Plant and Soil Sciences Electives10
Minor (Advanced Hours)6Minor3
 15 14
Total Hours: 120