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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
  • Turf Management
  • Crop Genetics
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Landscape Management
  • Botanical Gardens Education
  • Entomology
  • Crop Scouting
  • Floral Design

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Agriculture BuildingCrop Management

Use specialization to answer agronomic questions specific to your region, 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 or improve crop resistance.

Horticulture

Horticulturists use their knowledge of plant growth to sustainably produce flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants to enhance the environment. Work for botanical gardens, commercial greenhouses and nurseries, or landscape design firms.

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.

Turfgrass Science

Turfgrass scientists strive to improve turfgrass ability to withstand drought, weeds, pest invasions and foot traffic. Professional sports teams, golf courses, cities and school systems all offer careers in turfgrass management.

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 science: Mizzou Athletics, Old Hawthorne Golf Club

Core Areas of Study

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

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 viticulture and enology can supplement a plant sciences degree. The curriculum consists of a diverse mixture of core and specialized courses from both plant sciences and food science. Students will gain a strong understanding of biological and chemical processes that go into winemaking.

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Clubs & Organizations

  • Horticulture Club
  • Tiger Garden
  • Turf Club