Sustainable Crop & Landscape Systems major offers a broad
education in the agricultural, horticultural, biological and ecological sciences.
There are five areas of specialization within this degree:
The Insects and Society emphasis area
will prepare you for careers in the basic and applied aspects of the study of insects and how they influence human
activities. The program provides a broad entomological education
with opportunities to specialize in such areas as agricultural and
aquatic entomology, biological control, host plant resistance,
insect ecology, insect physiology, and insect-plant relations. The
curriculum is designed for students pursuing professional careers in
the basic and applied fields of entomology, or for those interested
in continuing their education at the graduate level.
Sustainable Cropping Systems
emphasis area, students can study
crop management, plant protection and fundamental aspects of plant
sciences. Many courses emphasize environmental concerns, ecological
relationships, and sustainability of agricultural systems. Students
interested in crop management gain the necessary background to be
successful in a wide range of crop related careers in agriculture.
They can tailor their academic program in the basic and applied
aspects of crop science to suit their individual interests and
career goals. This emphasis area will prepare
students for graduate education or professional careers in cropping
systems management, plant protection, agricultural consulting, plant
biotechnology, plant breeding and genetics, seed production and
certification, and weed science.
Environmental Horticulture emphasis area
is designed to provide students with a background in the production of
various horticultural crops and/or urban landscape management.
Students can learn about many facets of horticulture,
including horticultural crop production (floral crops, woody
landscape plants, fruits or vegetables). Students can enroll in
courses highlighting the production and management of horticultural
crops that are economically significant to Idaho and the nation.
Students can select courses to help them specialize in a particular
career path. An internship is also available that provides insight
into careers in horticulture. Courses in plant science,
soils, biology, and entomology further enhance the knowledge needed
for a professional career in horticulture. Students enrolled in
this option can prepare for careers in management and operation of
commercial greenhouses, nurseries, orchards, vineyards, and
vegetable farms. This emphasis area is also flexible enough to enable
students to pursue science-oriented careers or advanced degree
studies. Students can also focus on urban landscape management.
They have the opportunity to focus on managing and
maintaining the various components of urban landscapes, including
trees, shrubs, herbaceous plantings, and turf grass. Students
can specialize in landscape maintenance and golf & sports turf
management. This option also ties in directly to the minor in
arboriculture and urban forestry. The package of courses will
prepare students for positions in landscape maintenance and tree and
turf management within the growing green industries in the
Northwestern United States and nationally.
The Soil and Land Resources emphasis area is offered
for students who are interested in working as consultants for businesses, industries, and
government agencies associated with soils and farm chemicals; professional soil scientists working with the formation,
classification, chemistry, physics, and fertility of valuable soil
resources; or environmental scientists conserving or improving
soil and water quality. Courses in geology, botany, chemistry
and physics are also stressed.
The Plant Biotechnology emphasis area teaches
students to use molecular genetic techniques to address food and
energy needs in the 21st century. Students will learn to
understand and use the genetic information of plants to develop
crops with improved traits (e.g. yield; biofuels production;
nutritional value; insect, disease, drought or temperature
tolerance) to address world issues such as increasing population,
decreasing availability of water, and global warming.
These offerings are designed to
prepare students for graduate school and a variety of rewarding
career opportunities. Each emphasis area is based on a
curriculum designed to prepare students for present and future
employment. The department offers students the opportunity to
work closely with faculty in classroom and field situations.
Our faculty provide wide educational experiences for PSES students. Formal courses are offered as needed and additional
specialization may be obtained by enrolling in directed study,
special topics, seminars, and other courses with particular faculty
members. An internship program is available to provide
students with practical job experience and to open doors for career
units specially equipped with controlled temperature and light
programmed rooms and growth chambers are available for advanced
studies in histology,
anatomy, and physiology. Our state-of-the-art biotechnology
facility has space to accommodate 101 faculty, staff, and students. The
university has 1,145 acres located close to campus for field crops, orchards, and livestock. Excellent field and laboratory facilities
are also available at research and extension centers at Aberdeen,
Parma, and Twin Falls. The department has three important
scientific collections: the entomology museum, the soil monolith
collection and a weed herbarium. Additionally, the graduate program
is closely coordinated with the Departments of Entomology, Crop and
Soil Sciences, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Plant
Pathology at Washington State University (eight miles away),
enhancing the department's offerings.
are committed to addressing the needs, and nurturing the interests, of individual students.
We welcome questions regarding our programs, people, and facilities.
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give us a call at (208) 885-6274.