Plant Sciences

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of 2019-20 plant sciences graduates employed or continuing education within six months of graduation

From our food, to our homes, 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 plant scientist, you can address challenges from the laboratory to the field.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of plant biology, horticulture and crop management. Careers include:

  • Crop Management. Examine agronomic questions throughout the Midwest, study major field and forage crops, or examine the feasibility of growing alternative crops.
  • Plant Biotechnology. Develop crops with specific traits using genetic engineering, molecular biology and traditional plant breeding.
  • Horticulture. Produce flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants to enhance the environment, and to improve the ability of turfgrass to withstand drought, weeds, pest invasions and foot traffic.
  • Plant Protection. Improve plant productivity by strengthening natural resistance to insects, diseases and weeds

Career Possibilities Include

  • Seed Production
  • Agronomy
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Crop Genetics
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Landscape Management
  • Botanical Gardens Education
  • Entomology
  • Crop Scouting
  • Floral Designer and Entrepreneur
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Management
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
  • See more common career paths

Internships & Employment

  • Bellerive Country Club
  • MFA Incorporated
  • Kent’s Floral Gallery
  • USDA • Ryan Lawn & Tree
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Free State Growers
  • Stoller USA
  • Plants Creative Landscapes
  • Frieling Ag Solutions
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Trinity Forest Golf Club
  • Smithsonian Gardens

Hands-On Learning

A wide array of opportunities showcase the College’s signature research, education and outreach programs that provide experience for our students.

  • Learning Labs. In CAFNR, you can dive into real-world interdisciplinary experiences including our student-operated, full-service floral shop, Tiger Garden. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources also operates a system of research centers across the state to study how different crops grow in the varied regional soil and climate. Many faculty members use these centers as outdoor classrooms for student education and research.
  • Internships. Among the opportunities for plant sciences students are internships with professional sports teams, botanical gardens, seed and chemical companies, private nurseries, golf courses, life science companies, and government agencies.

Classes You Might Take

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Signature Experience

All plant sciences students are required to complete an industry or research internship. It’s just one of the many unique experiences available for CAFNR students to supplement classroom learning.

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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.

Check out additional minor opportunities

Clubs & Organizations

  • Agronomy Club
  • Mizzou Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers
  • Horticulture Club

Current Student Q&A

Q&A with Emma Critchfield