Applied Plant and Soil Sciences integrates plant-soil-atmosphere systems with a focus on the science underpinning crop production and ecosystem management. Students have the flexibility to emphasize a major area of interest such as plant production and protection, soil quality, climate change, food security, or land reclamation. Students will gain competence in integrating scientific principles and their effective communication.
Potential career paths include soil consultant, biometeorologist, environmental consultant, natural resource planner, ecologist, conservation officer, academic instructor, and reclamation specialist.
Applied Plant Biology and Soil Sciences uses a systems-based approach to assess, design, and manage human-made ecosystems by applying best practices derived from agriculture, ecology, soil science, biotechnology, and other disciplines. Crop and non-crop plants will be studied in terms of interactions between natural and human-influenced factors, addressing the vulnerability of these systems to external and internal factors (e.g., climate change), and at a range of scales (from modified genomes to ecosystems).
Students in the Applied Plant and Soil Sciences major are expected to develop a statement of academic (and possibly early career goals) and, based on this, other courses may be accepted for restricted electives upon discussion with the Applied Plant and Soil Sciences advisor. In addition to the courses listed below, students, in consultation with their program advisor, are also allowed to take courses in Economics.