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Department of Plant Sciences

If you are interested in a career where you can help feed a growing population and improve the quality of the environment, then have a look at our Bachelor of Science program in Plant Production and Protection. Our new program offers four optional concentrations:

  • Agronomy

  • Horticulture

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Agroecology and Evolution

We also offer four minors for students pursuing other majors at UW: Agronomy, Agroecology, Horticulture, and Plant Protection. These minors allow students within many bachelors programs to obtain an added emphasis in areas that enjoy strong employment opportunities.

Our degree prepares students for careers in agriculture, natural resources, environmental and life sciences, and advanced graduate studies in the plant sciences. Nearly all of these jobs are challenging, rewarding, family-friendly, and never routine.  

Our courses cover a wide array of plant-related topics: agronomy, crops (fruits, grains, vegetables), plant diseases, food production, forages, greenhouse environments, ornamental horticulture, invasive species, organic production, plant physiology, water, and weeds. Most importantly, the Plant Production and Protection program focuses on how these topics are all interrelated.

As a student, you and your advisor will select courses that match your career interests. It is an interdisciplinary and highly practical degree program designed to prepare students for "real world" situations.

If you want to make a difference in your local community or worldwide, please check us out.


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