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The Department of Applied Plant Science emphasizes the relationship between the art and science of plant culture. This relationship affects production on thousands of acres as well as on a smaller, more urban scale in residential gardens and in the ornamental use of plants where art is speciﬁ cally emphasized. In all these areas, plants are an integral part of the human experience. The emphasis on both production and aesthetics in the department's degrees and programs has prophetic roots:
"There is a great work for the Saints to do. Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with
pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations." Brigham Young, Deseret News, Aug. 8, 1860,
Why should you choose an education in Applied Plant Science at BYU-Idaho?
What the students will be doing:
Students in these programs apply scientiﬁc knowledge to practical, hands-on experience in the Thomas E Ricks Gardens and Greenhouses, the Hill View Farm, The Plant Shop, and The Flower Center. They also provide produce and ornamentation for the BYU Idaho campus, events, community and local farmers markets. The department focuses on learning how plants grow, how to propagate them, and how to prepare them for consumer use. From basic plant science, to artistic embellishments for life events, this department offers a buffet of opportunities to improve the quality of life.
The Horticulture Program is a nationally recognized and accredited leader in horticulture education preparing students for expanding career opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, ﬂorist shops, ﬂoral wholesalers, plant brokers, landscape contractors, lawn service companies, interior plant companies, greenhouses, golf courses, parks, botanical gardens, landscape management, event planning, design build, plant production, plant breeding, horticulture sales and marketing, and horticulture supply companies.
The Agronomy, Crop, Soil Science, and Agriculture Technology Programs provide excellent connections with local and international Agricultural companies doing research through the farm on campus, as well as coordinating internship and employment opportunities throughout their network in the industry. Employment opportunities for students with a background in Agriculture are excellent.
Examples of careers:
Examples of career opportunities available in agriculture are specialists in crop consulting, plant and animal genetics, soil and water, environmental science, GPS/GIS, machinery management, agronomy, farm and ranch management, ﬁ nance, agricultural economics, real estate appraisal, education, food processing, animal health, plant and animal nutrition, marketing, food safety, range resource management, government agency workers and researchers. Internships are an integral component of the various programs in the Applied Plant Science Department. They are a doorway to the industry, and provide students with practical exposure to real world applications of plant studies. The Agriculture Education Composite degree program offers students a pathway to enter the ﬁ eld of secondary education. There is a high demand for teachers with preparation in plant culture and technology.
Students who seek advanced degrees ﬁnd opportunities in education, research, extension, and government service. Several graduates of this department have gone on to advanced degrees in Landscape Architecture, and other industry certiﬁ cation. Students who like plants, have a desire to improve the world around them, and enjoy applying the law of the harvest will beneﬁ t from their time in the programs of Applied Plant Science. From seed to bouquet, from farm to table, the principles of the plant's potential are the core of this Department.
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