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Associate of Applied Science
Plant Science & Technology (A.A.S.)
The Plant Science and Technology program is designed to help students prepare for careers in the plant-based agricultural sector of the economy. The program integrates the science and technology foundational to agronomic and horticultural crop production.
Chris Humphreys class out in the field tomorrow doing some evaluations on the Idaho wheat commission trials, a MSR research program.
Gain Hands-On Experience
In this degree, students complete a core set of courses and then choose between courses in five focus areas to synthesize their degree based on their career goals. Career opportunities in professional fields include agricultural services industry, private consulting, agronomic and horticultural crop production, agricultural education, environmental services, government agricultural agencies, machinery management and research & development.

Students will use quantitative reasoning to measure, analyze, and find solutions for plant- and technology-based problems, learn to communicate plant science and technology ideas through written, visual, and oral formats to various audiences, demonstrate application of technology in plant systems, and ultimately understand principles of plant science and technology.

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Plant Science & Technology have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Agricultural Services Industry
Those who work in the Agricultural Services Industry typically plant, inspect, and harvest crops, irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps, and operate and service farm machinery and tools.
Private Consulting
Students who pursue private consulting can expect to provide advice on the use and management of agricultural land. Typically private consultants specialize either in business or technical expertise; specialists in the business area advise agricultural landowners on financial issues and business strategy, while technical specialists consider how to make the most effective use of the land.
Agronomic and Horticultural Crop Production
Agronomists study soil, seeds, plants, and products to better understand the needs of crops in order to develop more efficient and effective farming practices. They consult farms on fertilizer, crop production, seeds, and more in order to troubleshoot issues and provide expert advice to farms on maximizing production.
Agricultural Education
Educators of agriculture help their students understand the science, math, communications, management, technology, and leadership behind agriculture. They educate their students about food and natural resources, and how to best cultivate and care for them.
Environmental Services
Environmental service workers use knowledge of science and engineering to meet environmental regulations and develop new methods to prevent accidents or dangerous situations. They coordinate various state and federal regulatory programs concerning environmental and consumer protection issues.
Government Agricultural Agencies
Students who desire to pursue advanced studies and a career in government agricultural agencies can expect to use managerial, political, economic, and food science skills to oversee and inspect agency operations within the agriculture industry.
Machinery Management
Those who work in the machinery management industry should expect to maintain inventory, storage, and distribution of farm equipment, provide recommendations for purchases, and collaborate with others to prepare and implement budgets.
Research & Development
Researchers and developers create research programs incorporating current developments to improve existing products and study the potential of new products within the agriculture field.

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