Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems

(Formerly offered as Horticulture and Turfgrass and Soil Science)

The Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems major, with concentrations in Environmental Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture, and Turfgrass Science, 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.

All students in this major must complete the following courses: BIOL 1108 or 1110; CHEM 1122 or 1124Q or 1127Q; HORT 2560W; PLSC 3810, 3820, 3830, 4210, and 4215; SOIL 2120 and 2125.

The writing in the major requirement is satisfied by HORT 2560W.

Environmental Horticulture concentration

Students in this concentration must complete the following courses:

  1. HORT 2750 and 3640;
  2. Two of the following: HORT 3620, 3660, 3670;
  3. Two of the following: HORT 2430, 3410, 3560;
  4. Four of the following: HORT 3540, 3765; PLSC 2500, 3840, 3990; SOIL 3410; TURF 1100;
  5. One of the following: HORT 4650; PLSC 3055, 3210, 3230, 3240, 3250;
  6. One of the following: ARE 1150, 3210; ECON 1200, 1201.

Sustainable Agriculture Concentration

Students in this concentration must complete the following courses:

  1. HORT 3620; PLSC 2100, 2500, 3055, 3840, 3990; and SOIL 3620;
  2. At least nine credits from the following list: ANSC 1001, 3273; HORT 3640, 3670, 3765, 4650; NRE 4475; PLSC 1125, 1150, 3094, 3230;
  3. One of the following: EEB 2227, 2244; NRE 1000, 1235, 2000, 2215, 2600, 3125, 4170;
  4. One of the following: AGNR 3350; ANTH 3523; ARE 1110, 3260; NRE 3245, 3674; SOCI 2705;
  5. One of the following: ARE 1150, 3210; ECON 1200, 1201.

Turfgrass Science concentration

Students in this concentration must complete the following courses:

  1. ARE 1150; PLSC 3990; SOIL 3520, 3620; TURF 1100, 3200, 3800;
  2. Three of the following: HORT 2430, 2750, 3410, 3560, 3620, 3640, 3660, 3670, 3765, 4650; PLSC 3210, 3230, 3240, 3250, 3840; SOIL 3410;
  3. Two of the following: ARE 3210; ECON 1200, 1201; HORT 3540.

Students successfully completing these courses will have met their general education exit requirements for information literacy.

 

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