Learn to improve plants for food, fuel, fiber and landscapes through modern molecular technology. Earn a degree in plant biotechnology at the University of Idaho.

B.S. Sustainable Crop & Landscape Systems: Plant Biotechnology

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
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Moscow, ID 83844-2336

Improving Plant Growth and Development

Biotechnology involves a wide range of molecular and biochemical techniques to study and improve plant growth and development. In this field, you might work to increase a crop’s resistance to disease or a pest. Explore food production, fuel, fiber and landscapes and spend time in on-campus greenhouses and laboratories, where you could apply molecular biology techniques to investigate how plants defend themselves or produce critical secondary metabolites.

Fast Facts

  • Complete your own independent study
  • Access plant science farms and computer-controlled greenhouses
  • Learn advanced laboratory skills involving physiology, genetics, and immunology
  • Work in on-campus laboratories and learn cutting-edge molecular techniques
  • Intern with companies that regenerate potatoes or landscape plants from cells or tissues
  • Plant Propagation Specialist
  • Plant Breeding Support Scientist
  • Research Technician
  • Laboratory Technician


Potential salary is based
upon national averages.
Degree Roadmap
Degree Prep To prepare for courses required to earn this degree, we recommend you:
  • take biology and science courses
  • plant a garden
  • visit greenhouses
  • work on a farm
Lab Fees


Approximate lab fees for required courses.
Scholarships Over 400 scholarships are offered exclusively to College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) students based on GPA and other qualifications. Learn more.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.
Financial Aid To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.
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Hands-on Learning
  • Plant science farm and laboratories
  • Computer-controlled greenhouses
  • Plant Tissues Culture course
  • Study abroad in Taiwan, Mexico, or India
  • Research in breeding, biopesticides, enhanced disease resistance
  • Microplant Nurseries, Inc.
  • Twyford Plant Laboratories
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service