Plant Science - BS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

USU is home to the only agriculturally focused plant science degree in the state.

In this program, students focus on the research, production, and management of economically important plants. Students have access to faculty mentors and the opportunity to receive hands-on experience working side-by-side with research scientists in laboratories, greenhouses, and fields.

What You Will Learn

Plant science majors are able to customize their education and focus on a variety of areas in the plant science field, such as sustainable agriculture, crop physiology and biotechnology, weed control, fertilization, water requirements and application, and the specific production of fruits, vegetables, turf, ornamentals, and agronomic crops.


Horticulture and Cropping Systems:

This emphasis is focused more on applied, hands-on work with plants. It is designed for students interested in applied aspects of plant production and management in the field, nursery, orchard, or greenhouse. Students can also study plant management, preparing them for careers with golf courses, botanical gardens, school campuses, and other landscapes.


This emphasis is designed for students intending to attend graduate school. It is focused on the science of crop production, including plant breeding and genetic engineering. Because of the rapidly changing technologies in the field of plant and food production, plant research scientists are in high demand.


BS: Logan (Main Campus)

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Description Plant Science

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

  • Plant Research Scientist
  • Agronomy consultant
  • Agribusiness Consultant
  • Plant Breeder
  • Large Farm Manager
  • Government Agency Researcher
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Plant Protection Products Researcher
  • International Agricultural Consultant

Horticulture and Cropping Systems Emphasis

  • Horticulturist
  • Nursery Manager
  • Orchard Manager
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Botanical Garden Manager
  • Landscape Manager
  • Athletic Field Manager
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Crop Production Specialist

Research Emphasis

Students pursing this emphasis typically continue on to graduate school to become plant research scientists who work in the following areas:

  • Genetic engineering
  • Agribusiness
  • Plant breeding
  • Research laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Agriculturally oriented research companies
  • Chemical firms
  • Work abroad through government or philanthropic foundations to help solve world food, soil, and environmental problems
  • Academia

Job Outlook


Lisa Allen

Office: AGRS 416
Phone: 435-797-0454

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the plant science program has additional requirements:

  • Freshman: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

All students must complete an internship that is between one and four credits.

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