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Science that impacts the world!  

 

From the most recent advances in plant molecular biology to the latest methods for growing and maintaining healthy plants, students in the Plant Science major will incorporate these practices with their evolving knowledge of the plant kingdom. The major offers the flexibility to pursue the areas of plant science that best aligns students with their future goals. Exciting careers in sustainable agriculture and ecosystem sciences, agronomic and horticultural crop production systems, plant science research and biotechnology, and crop protection await you.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Plant propagation and production
  • Plant physiology
  • Ornamental horticulture
  • Crop and backyard-food production
  • Plant pathology
  • Plant genetics

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Plant science research
  • Agronomic and horticultural crop production
  • Sustainable land management
  • Plant genetics and biotechnology
  • Plant pathology and integrated pest management
  • Greenhouse, garden center, or farm management
  • Landscape services provider

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Plant Pathology
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Public Horticulture Administration

What’s special about this program?

Experiential learning is the cornerstone of this major.  Your collaboration with faculty will include a hands-on approach along with one-on-one interactions both in and out of the classroom.  Unlike many other U.S. colleges of agriculture, our 350-acre outdoor classroom — which includes state-of-the-art greenhouses, gardens and research laboratory facilities — are located right on our main campus.  In addition, you will have access to our unique state-of-the-art Delaware Biotechnology Institute, where “research is recognized internationally and where science is changing the world.” Our renowned faculty will encourage you to collaborate on their research and will help you network with various premier companies and government agencies to land that dream job!

Get Involved

Horticulture Clu
Design Articulture (DART)
Ag Ambassadors
Agricultural College Council (AgCC)
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)
Alpha Zeta (AZ)
Animal Science Club
Collegiate 4-H
Collegiate FFA
Ducks Unlimited
The Entomology Club
Equestrian Team
Food Science Club
Food Marketing Club
Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)
Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)
The Wildlife Society

Sample curriculum

PLSC151

Introduction to Crop Science

 

PLSC101/104

Botany I and lab

 

PLSC201

Botany II

 

MATH114 or higher

College Mathematics and Statistics

 

CHEM101 OR CHEM103/102 or 104

General Chemistry

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

 

PLSC Elective

 

 

University or College Breadth Requirements

 

PLSC204/205

Introduction to Soil Science and lab

 

CHEM213/215

Elementary Organic Chemistry and lab

 

PLSC211 Herbaceous Landscape Plants OR 
 
PLSC212  Woody Landscape Plants 
 
ENWC205  Insects and Society
 

PLSC270

Biotechnology: Science and Socioeconomic Issues
 

CHEM214 Elementary Biochemistry OR
 
PHYS201 Introduction to Physics OR

GEOL107

Geology of Dynamic Earth OR

 

GEOL105/115

Geological Hazards and Their Human Impact OR
 

PHYS207 Fundamentals of Physics I
 
 

University or College Breadth Requirements

 

 

Multicultural Requirement

 

PLSC300

Principles of Animal and Plant Genetics

 

PLSC303

Introductory Plant Pathology

 

PLSC305

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

 

 

University or College Breadth Requirements

 

  Free and advanced electives
PLSC364 Experiential Internship 
 
PLSC410 Introduction to Plant Physiology 
 
AGRI400 Senior Capstone 
 
PLSC354 

Plant Ecology

  Free and advanced electives
 

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