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Baccalaureate degree programs in the Department of Plant Science
This page provides an overview of requirements and courses of study for prospective students in the Department of Plant Science. The department offers degrees in three majors: Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Turfgrass and Soil Science. The Department also offers a minor in Landscape Design. Some requirements are common to all B.S. candidates in the department; they are described on this page. Click the links for specific information about each major.

All undergraduate students in the Department of Plant Science must fulfill the following requirements:
Major requirements: These requirements include certain specific courses and specific numbers of credits. In some cases, courses taken to satisfy requirements in one area will also satisfy requirements in another. Additionally, some of these courses will be prerequisites for certain other Plant Science courses. The requirements for the major include non-specified courses chosen by the student in consultation with the major advisor. Suggested course sequences are presented. Because of the complexities of scheduling and the flexibility afforded to students in the Turfgrass and Soil Science and Horticulture majors, these should be viewed as representative examples and not prescribed sequences.

Undergraduates usually begin taking Plant Science courses by the third or fourth semester. These courses are supplemented by courses offered in other Departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and in biological sciences, chemistry, marketing, geography, etc. Considerable flexibility is retained in plans of study so that students can select courses in areas of interest.

Students in all programs are encouraged to obtain as much practical experience as possible. Such experience may be obtained on farms, at greenhouses, nurseries, retail outlets, in planning and design offices, or other work experiences. Internships combine work experience and academic credit, and are strongly encouraged.
 
 
 
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