Texas Tech University's Department of Plant and Soil Science makes it possible for students to turn a love of plants and fresh air into a lucrative career by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Horticultural and Turfgrass Sciences. They can manage golf courses and athletic fields, own their own nursery, provide environmental consulting, develop shade-tolerant strains of grass, design environmental plantings for urban areas, manage a commercial orchard, greenhouse, or botanical garden, and design, install and maintain interiorscapes.
A total of 120 hours is required for a B.S. degree. Students seeking a master’s or doctor’s degree in the department should consult the chairperson about their programs before enrolling for any courses.
This department is the academic home to the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute (FBRI), which is internationally known for its expertise in cotton. FBRI focuses on research, education, and technology transfer pertinent to fibers, textiles, and biological based polymers. While it is an integral part of the Department of Plant and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, FBRI also collaborates with departments in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Human Sciences, offering opportunities to students for special projects and thesis research.
These areas of study are built on a foundation of the basic biological and physical sciences. Students will learn to use their knowledge to focus on the use of plants for food, fiber, fuel, and the aesthetic good of humankind; the sustainable use of resources in plant production; and the critical functions of soils in the environment.
A major in horticultural and turfgrass sciences emphasizes the application of science to the growing and use of edible plants (fruits, nuts, and vegetables), ornamental plants (annual and perennial flowers and woody plants), and turfgrasses. Students focus on the challenges and practices of genetics and breeding, propagation, biotechnology, production, management, handling and storage, marketing, and use of horticultural plants and turfgrass.
Students seeking a B.S. degree in this major may choose from the following concentrations or options: horticultural biotechnology, horticultural plant protection, environmental horticulture, viticulture and ecology, horticultural science, and turfgrass science.
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Some courses, like lab sciences, cannot be taught online and must be taken face-to-face at a college or university in the student's area.
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