Female student sitting by entrance of the Ricks Gardens

Our aim at Brigham Young University-Idaho Applied Plant Science Department is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture and Agriculture.

What We Do

Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, the ten-acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden and the farms as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree.  Using the mediums of plants and technology, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunities.


The purpose of the Department of Applied Plant Science is to prepare graduates with a foundation of artistry, technology, and science for careers in horticulture, agronomy, crop and soil science, and agricultural technology.

Close up photo on pair of apples

Garden Tour

Degrees & Programs

Our department offers four Bachelor of Science degree options, two Associate of Applied Science degree options, three minors, and seven clusters. For general information about each of our offerings, visit our degrees and programs page.


  • Agronomy, Crop, and Soil Science (AAS)
  • Floral Design (AAS)
  • Horticulture (AAS)
  • Plant Science & Technology (AAS)
  • Agriculture Science and Technology (BS)
  • Horticulture (BS)


  • Horticulture
  • Plant Science & Technology


  • Agriculture Technology
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Protection
  • Event Planning
  • GIS in Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Horticulture
  • Soil Management

Current Applied Plant Science Students