• Overview
  • The study of healthy crops and landscapes.

    Whether you want a career in agriculture, horticulture, biology or ecology, this program offers the learning opportunities and research experiences to help you achieve your goals.

    In this program, you will explore a wide variety of topics focused on agriculture and the environment. Choose from one of the program’s five areas of specialization:

    • Insects and Society: Study the role of insects in pollination, disease transmission, crop damage and landscape ecology.
    • Environmental Horticulture: Learn to grow food and nursery crops in the greenhouse and in the field.
    • Plant biotechnology: Study how biotechnology can enhance the nutritional and environmental qualities of plants.
    • Soil and land resources: Explore soil science and its role in sustainable farming practices, engineering, and contamination control.
    • Sustainable cropping systems: Learn the science and methods to produce major crops, including potatoes, wheat, barley and others.

    Students in this program have exceptional opportunities to participate in laboratory and field research focused on such topics as soil ecology, plant breeding, horticultural production, plant pathology and climate change. Opportunities are also available through a statewide system of research and extension centers and major national projects—including a five-year study of the effects of climate change on the region’s wheat production.

  • Degree Fit
  • This program could be a good fit if you:
    • Like to work outdoors in a variety of settings
    • Want to help others by practicing sustainable farming
    • Are interested in the connection between people and plants and animals
    • Want to grow plants for beautiful landscapes
    • Want to discover new ways to produce safe, nutritious foods
  • Career Outcomes
  • With this degree, you could become a/an:
    • Crop consultant
    • Entomologist
    • Soil scientist
    • Horticulturist
    • Scientist
    • Plant breeder