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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept. 3354

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3103

Fax: (307)766-5549


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Department of Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Welcome to Plant Sciences

Dear Guest:

Welcome to the Department of Plant Sciences!

For much of my career, I was often told, “How did you get to be so lucky?  You get paid to watch plants grow.”  Of course plant scientists do more than just watch plants grow, but yes, it is a little-known secret that our “work” is fascinating every day.  Here at the Department of Plant Sciences, you receive hands‑on training in pursuit of a B.S. in Agroecology that will open the door to career opportunities as you bond with the world of plants.  Our nationally-recognized faculty are trained in state‑of‑the‑art approaches that encourage students to learn the fundamentals of plant growth and to apply those lessons to food, feed, ranches, and landscapes.  Within a few semesters, you will be equipped to manage crops and ornamental plants in a sustainable way for Wyoming and beyond.  

As a student, you can choose online and face‑to-face courses with hands-on laboratories.  Working with your advisor, you can tailor electives to emphasize horticulture, plant pathology, forages, weed science, or plant breeding.  If you are transferring from a community college and you have earned an Associate degree, you can finish your Agroecology Bachelor’s in as little as four semesters.  Although coursework is a critical component to your training, you will find your most memorable experiences with internships, undergraduate research activities, and our locally- and regionally-active student organizations. 

As one of our Master’s and Ph.D. students, you will have the opportunity to be hired as a graduate assistant and find yourself in captivating research projects that solve problems found in alfalfa to zinnia.  As part of your graduate training, you will attend scientific meetings located across the country where you can share your research findings.     

In addition to our Laramie headquarters, our department is unique in that our faculty are located at research stations at Powell, Sheridan, and Lingle which represent major crop production and horticultural regions of Wyoming.  Our faculty work closely with UW Extension, the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, multi‑state and international work groups, and agricultural industry.  These interactions with research, extension, and commercial operations not only demonstrate the excellence of our faculty but also will pay dividends for you as your own career gets going. 

We are excited that you have visited our website.  By training the next generation of plant scientists, our faculty have committed to ensuring that our nation has a safe and secure food supply and quality of life. If you want to be a part of this critical mission and learn more, we encourage you to contact our faculty who will help you chart a path toward this “growing” opportunity.

Thank you.

Jim Heitholt

Crop Physiologist and Head                  

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Chris Hilgert

Research for Wyoming

Farm Meets Function

Pesticide Safety Education

Serving Wyoming

Resources for Wyoming Gardeners

Ag News

Department of Plant Sciences Seminar - Dr. Andrew Kniss - "What Have They Done to Our FOOD?"

YouTube Link to Department of Plant Sciences Seminar - Dr. Andrew Kniss

Department of Plant Sciences Seminar - Dr. Robin Groose - "All Food is Genetically Modified"

YouTube link to Department of Plant Sciences Seminar - Dr. Robin Groose

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