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.
You’ll learn from teachers involved in today’s most pressing issues in crop and weed science.
Most of our students complete an internship the summer between their junior and senior year. They work for farms of all sizes and other agriculture-related businesses.