About Our Program

About Our Program

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.

Programs offered:

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.

Advanced Education:

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.