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From the food on our plates, to the homes we live in, to the fuel in our vehicles, plants impact all aspects of our daily lives. The ever-growing human population continues to increase the demand for crops and other plant products. As a result, the demand for plant scientists is on the rise. As a plant scientist, you can address challenges from the field to the laboratory.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of plant biology, horticulture and crop management while earning a plant sciences degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Seed Production
  • Agronomy
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Crop Genetics
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Landscape Management
  • Botanical Gardens Education
  • Entomology
  • Crop Scouting
  • Floral Design

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Use specialization to answer agronomic questions throughout the Midwest, study major field and forage crops, or examine the feasibility of growing alternative crops for universities, private companies or government agencies.

Plant Biotechnology

Plant geneticists or biotechnologists work technical positions at life science companies such as Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer. Your understanding of genetic engineering, molecular biology and traditional plant breeding will allow you to develop crops with specific traits, such as resistance to pests and improved yield.


Horticulturists use their knowledge of plant growth to sustainably produce flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants to enhance the environment, and to improve the ability of turfgrass to withstand droughts, weeds, pest invasions and foot traffic. Work for botanical gardens, commercial greenhouses and nurseries, landscape design firms, professional sports teams or golf courses.

Plant Protection

Develop strategies to improve plant productivity by strengthening natural resistance to insects, diseases and weeds. Become a crop consultant, seed sales representative or extension specialist.

Tiger Garden employees prepare a massive order of floral arrangements for customer pickups on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Photo by Morgan Lieberman | © 2015 - Curators of the University of MissouriPrevious Internship Highlights

Breeding, biology and biotechnology: Agrigold, MFA Incorporated, Village Farms, Novus International, Monsanto

Crop management: Dow Agrosciences, Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer, Helena Chemical Company

Government agencies: Missouri Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Turfgrass: Mizzou Athletics, Old Hawthorne Golf Club

Core Areas of Study

  • Genetics
  • Plant Physiology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Retail Floral Design
  • Hydroponic Production
  • Cropping Systems

Major requirements for Plant Sciences degree

Requirements for emphasis areas:

Requirements for Minor

Courses for Plant Sciences degree

Download the degree program overview (PDF)

Related Minor

A minor in agricultural economics can supplement a plant sciences degree. Apply business concepts and problem-solving techniques to improve the production, distribution and use of the world’s
agricultural resources. This program can help prepare you for making business decisions that will affect the global food supply.

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Clubs & Organizations

  • Agronomy Club
  • American Institute of Floral Designers
  • Horticulture Club
  • Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Club
  • Turf Club