Undergraduate Majors – Plant and Soil Sciences

Our department focuses on all aspects of plant and soil science, from the molecular to global, wilderness to urban environments, scientific to social concerns, and field and laboratory settings. We apply chemical, biological and physical principles to ensure adequate food supplies and a safe, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable environment.


Sustainable Food Systems train students to approach key food system challenges critically and innovatively — from agriculture and production, processing, retail consumption and waste. Sustainable food businesses, nonprofits and policymakers need more thinkers, strategists, planners and activists to help lead the population in utilizing, yet preserving our precious natural resources.


The Plant Science major applies the principles of agriculture, biology, and chemistry to plant life. The curriculum is flexible enough to let students create an academic program with his/her advisor that suits the student’s individual career goals. Suggested advisor-guided concentrations are: sustainable landscapes; agronomy; production horticulture; plant pathology; plant biology and genetics; and soils and environmental quality.


Landscape Architecture combines science, art and problem solving with a love of nature and the world outdoors. Our collaborative industry and campus partnerships allow students to engage in projects that involve entrepreneurship, art and design, leadership and engineering.


The Plant and Soil Sciences Department also offers a minor in  Environmental Soil Science and co-offers the interdisciplinary major Natural Resource Management.

The Department also compiles and maintains listings of opportunities for internships, jobs, and scholarships