Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems

The Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems major, with concentrations in Environmental Horticulture, Turfgrass Science, and Sustainable Agriculture, focuses on the science and practices associated with sustainable plant production and/or use within managed systems. Courses emphasize practices and concepts related to reducing environmental impact during production and in managed land use systems.

Concentrations focus on the production of ornamental and edible crops in controlled environments, greenhouses, nurseries and on farms; management practices for built landscapes and surfaces used for recreational and sporting activities, and the selection and management of ornamental trees, shrubs, grasses, native species, and plants and soils that perform ecosystem services in recreational, urban, and suburban settings to meet functional and aesthetic requirements. The program emphasizes hands-on learning, and developing and applying knowledge to solve contemporary problems in individual and team approaches. Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships.

The writing in the major requirement is satisfied by HORT 2560W. All students in this major must complete the following courses:

All of:
BIOL 1108: Principles of Biology (or 1110: Introduction to Botany)
CHEM 1122: Chemical Principles and Applications (or 1124Q or 1127Q)
HORT 2560W: Written Communications in Horticulture
PLSC 3810: Fundamentals of Plant Pathology
PLSC 3820: Ecology and Control of Weeds
PLSC 3830: Insect Pests of Ornamentals and Turf
PLSC 4210: Plant Physiology: How Plants Work
PLSC 4215: Plant Physiology Lab: Investigations
SOIL 2120: Environmental Soil Science
SOIL 2125: Soil Lab
 
Turfgrass Science Concentration
 
All of:
 
TURF 1100: Turfgrass Management
TURF 3200: Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology
TURF 3800: Turfgrass Pests and Control
SOIL 3520: Urban and Sports Turf Soils
SOIL 3620: Soil Fertility
PLSC 3990: Field Study Internship
ARE 1150: Principles of Agricultural and Resource Economics
 
Three of:
 
HORT 2430: Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
HORT 2750: Landscape Plant Maintenance
HORT 3410: Woody Plants: Common Trees, Shrubs, & Vines
HORT 3560: Indoor Plants and Interiorscaping
HORT 3620: Vegetable Production
HORT 3640: Plant Propagation
HORT 3660: Nursery Production
HORT 3670: Greenhouse Technology and Operations
HORT 3765: Phytotechnology: Use of Plants for Ecosystem Services
HORT 4650: Plant Tissue Culture
PLSC 3210: Molecular Laboratory Technology
PLSC 3230: Biotechnology – Science, Application, Impact, Perception
PLSC 3240: Plant Biotechnology
PLSC 3250: Plant Gene Transfer Techniques
PLSC 3840: Integrated Pest Management
SOIL 3410: Soil Chemistry Components
 
Two of:
 
ARE 3210: Essentials of Accounting and Business
ECON 1200: Principles of Economics (Intensive)
ECON 1201: Principles of Microeconomics
HORT 3540: Garden Center Management

Environmental Horticulture Concentration

All of:

HORT 2750: Landscape Plant Maintenance
HORT 3640: Plant Propagation

Four of:

HORT 3540: Garden Center Management
HORT 3765: Phytotechnology: Use of Plants for Ecosystem Services
PLSC 2500: Principles and Concepts of Agroecology
PLSC 3840: Integrated Pest Management
PLSC 3990: Field Study Internship
SOIL 3410: Soil Chemistry Components
TURF 1100: Turfgrass Management

Two of:

HORT 3620: Vegetable Production
HORT 3660: Nursery Production
HORT 3670: Greenhouse Technology and Operations
 
Two of:
 
HORT 2430: Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
HORT 3410: Woody Plants: Common Trees, Shrubs, & Vines
HORT 3560: Indoor Plants and Interiorscaping
 
One of:
 
HORT 4650: Plant Tissue Culture
PLSC 3210: Molecular Laboratory Technology
PLSC 3230: Biotechnology – Science, Application, Impact, Perception
PLSC 3240: Plant Biotechnology
PLSC 3250: Plant Gene Transfer Techniques

One of:

ARE 1150: Principles of Agricultural and Resource Economics
ARE 3210: Essentials of Accounting and Business
ECON 1200: Principles of Economics (Intensive)
ECON 1201: Principles of Microeconomics


Sustainable Agriculture Concentration

All of:
 
HORT 3620: Vegetable Production
PLSC 2100: Environmental Sustainability of Food Production in Developed Countries
PLSC 2500: Principles and Concepts of Agroecology
PLSC 3840: Integrated Pest Management
PLSC 3990: Field Study Internship
SOIL 3620: Soil Fertility
 
9 credits from:
 
ANSC 1001: Introduction to Animal Science
ANSC 3273: Livestock Management
HORT 3640: Plant Propagation
HORT 3670: Greenhouse Technology and Operations
HORT 3765: Phytotechnology: Use of Plants for Ecosystem Services
HORT 4650: Plant Tissue Culture
NRE 4475: Forest Management
PLSC 1125: Insects, Food and Culture
PLSC 1150: Agricultural Technology and Society
PLSC 3094: Seminar in U.S. Food Production Systems
PLSC 3230: Biotechnology – Science, Application, Impact, Perception
 
One of:
 
EEB 2244: General Ecology
NRE 1000: Environmental Science
NRE 1235: Environmental Conservation
NRE 2000: Introduction to Geomatics
NRE 2215: Introduction to Water Resources
NRE 2600: Global Sustainable Natural Resources
NRE 3125: Watershed Hydrology
NRE 4170: Climate-Human-Ecosystem Interactions
 
One of:
 
AGNR 3350: Hispanic Culture & Communication in Agriculture
ANTH 3523: The Origins of Agriculture
ARE 1110: Population, Food, and the Environment
ARE 3260: Food Policy
NRE 3245: Environmental Law
NRE 3674: Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources of China
SOCI 2705: Sociology of Food
 
One of:

ARE 1150: Principles of Agricultural and Resource Economics
ARE 3210: Essentials of Accounting and Business
ECON 1200: Principles of Economics (Intensive)
ECON 1201: Principles of Microeconomics