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PSES

Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Bldg.
Room 242
Phone: (208) 885-6274
Fax: (208) 885-7760
pses@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, ID 83844-2339

Undergraduate Program

B.S. in Sustainable Crop & Landscape Systems

The multidisciplinary Sustainable Crop & Landscape Systems major offers a broad education in the agricultural, horticultural, biological and ecological sciences. There are five areas of specialization within this degree:
  • Insects and Society
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Soil and Land Resources
  • Sustainable Cropping Systems

Each emphasis area is based on a curriculum designed to prepare students for graduate school and a variety of rewarding career opportunities. Students work closely with faculty in classroom and field situations. Our faculty provide wide educational experiences for PSES students. Formal courses are offered as needed and additional specialization may be obtained by enrolling in directed study, special topics, seminars, and other courses with particular faculty members. An internship program is available to provide students with practical job experience.

Explore Emphasis Areas

  • Insects and Society
    Insects account for more than half of all animal species on Earth, and they contribute to countless biological processes in plants and animals. The field of entomology helps in protecting crops and understanding and treating diseases.

    A Bachelor of Science in Entomology prepares you to for a career in agriculture, health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

    In hands-on laboratories, you might study how hormonal changes in mosquitoes affect malaria transmission or how aphids inhibit photosynthesis in crops. You’ll get more hands-on learning opportunities at our on-campus farms and computer-controlled greenhouses. Take field trips to observe insects in their native habitats and to collect samples—you might spot a rare wasp species laying eggs or bring back a lacewing to watch it prey on aphids.

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  • Environmental Horticulture
    The flexible curriculum of this major allows you to focus on either:
    • Horticulture: Crops like flowers, woody landscape plants, fruits and vegetables, including famous Idaho potatoes
    • Urban landscapes: Sustainable private and commercial landscapes, golf courses and sports turf

    This major prepares you to become a professional in the green industry—whether it’s:
    • Managing a championship golf course
    • Taking charge of a botanical garden
    • Running your own vegetable farm
    • Overseeing sales, inventory and marketing for a major greenhouse or nursery

    Study plant propagation, crop production, pollination, post-harvest handling, landscape and turf management, and pest control. Learn to multiply plants using techniques from simple stem cuttings to sterile tissue culture. Take field trips to nurseries, golf courses and top-of-the line landscape installations. Build a water garden or patio. You’ll get more hands-on opportunities at our on-campus plant science farms and computer-controlled greenhouses.

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  • Plant Biotechnology
    In this emphasis, you will study how differences at the molecular level can be used to improve plant growth and development.

    Much of your work will be hands-on in greenhouses and laboratories. Gain an understanding of how plant genes are replicated, expressed, and controlled. Learn how plants grow and respond to environmental stress, diseases, and insects. Study gene expression and practice manipulating plant genes to alter responses at the molecular level to pathogens, insects, and the environment. Develop and use DNA molecular markers to determine disease resistance and identify superior crop plants.

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  • Soil and Land Resources
    Understand how soils form, and how to identify and classify them. Learn the characteristics of contaminated and depleted soils, how they affect water quality, and what can be done to make them healthier.

    Take field trips to collect soil samples for analysis, from windblown silts in the south of the state to glacial sands in the north.

    Prepare for a career in agriculture, industry, construction or an environmental field.

    In hands-on laboratories, you will learn techniques for measuring plant nutrients, soil and water contaminates, microbial numbers and activities, and soil water, and its flow patterns. You will learn to identify and classify soils. More hands-on opportunities are available at our plant science farms and computer-controlled greenhouses.

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  • Sustainable Cropping Systems
    Study how plants grow and develop. Explore soils, weeds, microbes, insects and other factors that affect plant growth. Learn to manage crops using advanced techniques such as Global Positioning System (GPS).

    This major prepares you for a career in weed science, plant breeding and genetics, seed production and certification, crop production, cropping systems management, and agricultural consulting.

    In hands-on laboratories, you’ll learn by doing: insert a jellyfish gene into tobacco to make it glow in the dark, produce biodiesel from canola seeds and create a dual potato-tomato plant through grafting. Field trips will take you to farms and processing facilities. More hands-on opportunities are available at our plant science farms and computer-controlled greenhouses.

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