The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) is home to three Bachelor of Science degrees in Horticulture, Plant and Environmental Sciences, and Turfgrass; a Master and Doctoral degree in Entomology; and a Master and a Doctoral degree in Plant and Environmental Sciences.
Our B.S. in Horticulture combines art with science allowing students to expand their knowledge with practical, experiential learning. Classes frequently venture outdoors to locations like the Student Organic Farm and Botanical Garden. Students have opportunities to propagate an array of plants, fruits, and vegetables inside state-of-the-art campus greenhouses. Horticulture degrees are highly valued, and graduating with one helps ensure healthy ecosystems, and safe food systems through the integration of sustainable, scientifically-tested techniques. For more information on Horticulture research and careers, we invite you to view our Horticulture professors using our faculty webpage.
Our B.S. in Plant and Environmental Sciences seeks to educate students in plant systems and factors that affect plant performance and crop productivity. Students graduate with the understanding of fundamental and applied concepts in plant and environmental sciences, including plant biology and plant interactions with other organisms at the molecular, cellular, whole plant, and ecosystem level. Students will tailor their degree by selecting one of three concentrations: Agronomy, Agricultural Biotechnology, or Soil and Water Science. For more information on Plant and Environmental Sciences research and careers, we invite you to view our PES professors using our faculty webpage.
Our B.S. in Turfgrass is a multidisciplinary program empowering students with basic plant and soil science, disease and pest management, and plant pathology courses, among others. The US Turfgrass industry has an annual impact of over $100 billion to the economy, with $3 billion in South Carolina. The Turfgrass major prepares students to work in irrigation and equipment, sales, consulting, and technology, producing majors who become environmental stewards in the green industry. For more information on Turfgrass research and careers, we invite you to view our Turfgrass professors using our faculty webpage.
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