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) 18
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) 24
Degree Specific Requirements
ACOM 3360Communication Skills for Agriculturists3
or ENGL 3330 Intro to Technical Writing
AGRI 1309Computers in Agriculture3
or CSTE 1330 Introduction to Computers
CHEM 1406Inorganic & Envir Chemistry 14
CHEM 1407Intro Organic and Biochemistry 14
COMS 1361Public Speaking 23
or COMS 2382 Comm. for Bus. & Professions
or AGRI 4388 Prin of Ag Leadership/Comm Dev
MATH or STAT Elective3
Major Core
AGRI 1131Intro to Pro Leadership Skills1
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
Animal Science
and Animal Science Laboratory (Or approved BIOL 4 hour Elective)
PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
Plant Science
and Plant Science Laboratory
AGRI 4120Professional Career Skills1
PLSC 2395Ornamental Plant Identification3
PLSC 3395Plant Propagation Techniques3
PLSC 3440Soil Science4
Select 28 advanced hours from the following28
Independent Studies
Landscape Plant Materials
Production & Mgt Ornamentals
Turfgrass Culture
Landscape Design I
Fruit & Vegetable Production
Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers
Landscape Operations
Landscape Design II
Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt
Integrated Pest Management
Select 3 hour elective from: AGBU, AGET, AGRI, ANSC, EQSC, PLSC or WGMT3
Minor (required)
Minor 12
Minor Advanced Hours6
Total Hours120

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

First Year
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II3Component Area VI3
Component Area VI3Component Area VII3
AGRI 11311AGRI 1309 or CSTE 13303
PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
4ANSC 1319
ANSC 11191
 14 16
Second Year
Component Area V3Component Area VII3
Component Area IV3Component Area VIII3
CHEM 140624CHEM 140724
MATH or STAT Elective3Minor3
PLSC 23953PLSC 33953
 16 16
Third Year
Component Area IX1Minor6
ACOM 3360 or ENGL 33303Plant and Soil Sciences Advanced Electives9
COMS 1361, 2382, or AGRI 438833 
PLSC 34404 
Plant and Soil Sciences Advanced Elective3 
 14 15
Fourth Year
AGRI Elective3AGRI 41201
Minor Advanced Courses6Minor3
Plant and Soil Sciences Advanced Electives6Plant and Soil Sciences Advanced Electives10
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

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

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Plant and Soil Science is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Recognize soil characteristics for optimum plant growth.
  • Evaluate plants of importance in our society and how those plants are utilized.
  • Analyze major insect, disease and weed pests, and control strategies.
  • Apply independent and team-working skills to accomplish objectives and meet organizational goals.
  • Demonstrate a work ethic and soft skills that are desirable of an employee.
  • Use professional oral and written communication skills for the transfer of technologically-rich knowledge.