Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems

sustainable plant and soil systems


This major is part of the BEP Exploration Group

Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems Major Website

Integrated Pest Management Minor

Ornamental Horticulture Minor

Sustainable Food Crop Production Minor

Turfgrass Management Minor

The Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems major focuses on the science and practices associated with sustainable plant production and/or use within managed systems. Courses emphasize practices and concepts related to reducing environmental impact from agricultural crop production systems and in managed landscape systems whether recreational, community-based, or agricultural. The following concentrations are offered within the program:

  •     Environmental Horticulture
  •     Turfgrass Science
  •     Sustainable Agriculture

 Concentrations focus on the production of ornamental, medicinal and edible crops in controlled environments, greenhouses, nurseries and on farms; management practices for built landscapes and surfaces used for recreational and sporting activities, and the selection and management of ornamental trees, shrubs, grasses, native species, and plants and soils that perform ecosystem services in recreational, urban, and suburban settings to meet functional and aesthetic requirements. The program emphasizes hands-on learning, and developing and applying knowledge to solve contemporary problems in individual and team approaches. Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships.