Major in Plant Science, Horticulture and Turfgrass Industry Option

The Plant Science Major, Horticulture and Turfgrass Industry option is for students intending to pursue business careers in plant supported industries.

Curriculum for the Major in Plant Science, Horticulture and Turfgrass Industry option (89–95 credits)

  1. Plant Science Major Requirements (37–38 credits)


    General Biology and Laboratory (all) (10 credits)

    • 01:119:115 General Biology I (4)
    • 01:119:116 General Biology II (4)
    • 01:119:117 Biological Research Laboratory (2)

    OR as transfer credit only:

    • 01:110:101 General Biology (4)
    • 01:110:102 General Biology (4)


    General Chemistry and Laboratory (all) (9 credits)

    • 01:160:161 General Chemistry (4)
    • 01:160:162 General Chemistry (4)
    • 01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)


    Experienced-Based Education (3 credits). Choose from the following (advisor approved):

    • 11:776:495,496 Special Problems in Plant Science
    • 11:015:497,498 George H. Cook Scholars Program
    • 11:902:300,301,400 SEBS Internship I, II, Coop
    • 11:550:240 Public Garden Management required for the Public Garden Management Internship and the Student Farm Internship at Rutgers Gardens
    • 11:020:321 Principles and Practice of Small-scale Organic Farming as required for the Student Farm Internship at Rutgers Gardens
    • Study Abroad
    • SEBS International Summer Study Abroad Program
    • ARESTY Research Assistant Program


    Professional Ethics (3 credits). Choose from the following:

    • 01:730:107 Introduction to Ethics (3)
    • 01:730:240 Bioethics (3)
    • 01:730:250 Environmental Ethics (3)
    • 11:607:385 The Ethical Leader (3)


    Soils (3–4 credits). Choose from the following:

    • 11:776:102 Soil and Society (3)
    • 11:776:405 Soil Fertility (3)
    • 11:776:404 Soil Management for Sports and Landscape Applications (3)
    • 11:375:453 Soil Ecology (3)
    • 11:375:360 Soils and Water (4)


    Plant Science Fundamentals (all) (9 credits):

    • 11:776:210 Principles of Botany (3)
    • 11:776:211 Introduction to Horticulture (3)
    • 11:776:242 Plant Science (3)
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  3. Additional Horticulture and Turfgrass Industry Option requirements (52-57 credits)


    Quantitative Methods (all) (3–6 credits)

    • 01:640:115 Precalculus (4)
    • 01:640:135 Calculus I OR higher (4)

    OR for transfer students with completed precalculus or higher, choose one of the following:

    • 01:960:211 Statistics I AND 212 Statistics II (3,3)
    • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)


    Business Courses (all) (9 credits)

    • 11:373:121 Principles and Applications of Microeconomics (3)
    • 11:373:231 Introduction to Marketing (3)
    • 11:373:241 Introduction to Management (3) OR 11:373:341 Management: Human Systems Development (3)


    Applied Major Requirements (all) (15-17 credits)

    • 11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3)
    • 11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4) OR 11:776:202 Applied Physiology of Horticultural Crops (3)
    • 11:776:391 Weeds, Diseases, and Insects (3) OR 11:370:350 Agricultural Entomology and Pest Management (3)
    • 11:776:406 Plant Breeding (3)
    • 01:460:100 Planet Earth (3) OR 01:460:101 Introductory Geology (4)


    Plant Science Electives (24 credits) (if not already used above)

    • A total of 24 credits from any 11:776:xxx course at the 200 level or above
    • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research

or advisor approved elective