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Plant and Soil Science

Good stewardship of crops and land has never been more important. Increasing the quantity and the quality of crop yields, and doing so in a way that's sustainable year after year, can be the difference between plenty and privation. For students interested in learning about the complex interactions that must take place before the first shoot breaks through—and wanting to make this field a career—a degree in Plant and Soil Science is an investment in growth.


What We're Doing

Bearing fruit

Like all students in the School of Agriculture, majors in Plant and Soil Science are expected to be among the best. As can be seen in the case of Eric Limbird, the students deliver.  Limbird, a Nashville resident, was one of two students selected to receive the prestigious American Society for Horticulture Science Scholars Award. To receive the $1,500 award, Limbird flew to the national conference in Hawaii along with other plant and soil science students and assistant professor Nate Phillips. The group also received second- and third-place team awards. 千蠃官网国际网址

Eat fresh.

MTSU's Student Farmers Market provides produce grown and harvested by students, faculty, and staff at the Agricultural Experiential Learning and Research Center. Open in the summer and for other brief periods (depending on the season), the market is also a good place to find honey and plants. The University's four greenhouses are another supply source for the market; crops include cabbage, onions, tomatoes, kohlrabi, corn, okra, eggplant, beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, and peppers. Members of the Plant and Soil Science Club can use one of the greenhouses to grow whatever they want. Faculty member Nate Phillips experimented with eating for a month only food produced on MTSU farms.


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A focus on hands-on, experiential learning yields a rich harvest of graduates ready to enter the industry's professional ranks. Examples include

  • Agronomist
  • College professor
  • Conservation planner
  • Cotton specialist
  • Crop consultant
  • Crop production specialist
  • Custom applicator
  • Environmental technician
  • Golf course superintendent
  • Greenhouse/nursery management
  • Plant propagator
  • Precision ag specialist
  • Research technician
  • Sales representative
  • Seed production specialist
  • Soil conservationist
  • Weed specialist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Colorburst Landscapes
  • Crop Production Services
  • Georgia Peanut Commission
  • Habersham Gardens
  • Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Landscape Services Inc.
  • National Institute of Health
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Pioneer Seed
  • SecureLawn
  • Tennessee Farmers Coop
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • TriGreen Equipment
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • TPC Scottsdale (PGA golf course)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • University of Tennessee Extension Service

A student majoring in Plant and Soil Science can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Other majors in the School of Agriculture leading to a B.S. are Animal Science, Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science, and Agribusiness千蠃官网国际网址.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Although it is not designated as a concentration, students may also take courses in pursuit of an Agricultural Education Certificate and courses in Pre-Forestry. Undergraduate and graduate minors are available in Agriculture.

Graduate study includes the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Horse Science with concentrations in Equine Education, Equine Physiology, and Industry Management.

Plant and Soil Science

Plant and Soil Science, B.S.

 
615-494-8996
Nathan Phillips, program coordinator
Nate.Phillips@mtsu.edu 
 

The program leading to a major in Plant and Soil Science is designed for students interested in agronomy, horticulture, and/or soil sciences.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

 requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

千蠃官网国际网址The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • CHEM 1010/1011 OR CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)
  • BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)
  • MATH 1710 (Math) recommended

Major Requirements (43 hours)

Plant and Soil Science Core (19 hours)

  • AGRI 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

  • PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • PLSO 3340 - Fundamentals of Soil Science

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Introduces soil science with emphasis placed on soil physical, biological, and chemical properties. Relates soil conditions to land use applications, plant growth, and environmental quality. Lecture/Lab.

  • PLSO 4690 - Crop Ecophysiology

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: PLSO 1610, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; senior-level classification. Focuses on crop/plan physiology and crop/plant-environment interaction. Topics include plant canopy architecture, plant root morphology, physiology of growth and yield, photosynthesis and crop yield, source-sink relationships and crop yield, carbon dioxide and crop yield, physiology of drought in crop plants, and physiology of mineral nutrition.

 

  • PLSO 4300 - Plant Protection  3 credit hours  

    PLSO 4670 - Plant Propagation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PLSO 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Anatomical features and physiological principles involved in propagating plants from seed and by division, cutting, budding, and grafting. Use of growth regulators and environmental factors. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

Electives (24 hours)

  • Plant and Soil Science electives 21 credit hours
  • AGBS or ANSC elective 3 credit hours

Science and Mathematics Cognate (15-16 hours)

  • BIOL 1120 - General Biology II  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 1121 - General Biology II Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1120. TBR Common Course: BIOL 1121

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

OR

  • CHEM 1120 - General Chemistry II  4 credit hours  

    CHEM 1121 - General Chemistry II Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1120.TBR Common Course: CHEM 1121

  • 6 hours of Math choosing one from General Education Math and choosing one from , , , , , or  

Supporting Courses (8 hours)

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  
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