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Plants, Soils & Climate

Department of Plants, Soils and Climate courses emphasize understanding the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms that operate in the continuum of the soil, plants and atmosphere and how they affect the management of a wide range of agricultural and natural systems.

Undergraduate courses focus on acquiring and applying knowledge and developing the skills students will need in their chosen field of study. The program also prepares students to develop lifelong learning skills, understand and appreciate diversity, be productive citizens of the world and be professionals in their vocations.

In addition, the department trains students for graduate school and offers strong graduate programs in climate sciences, plant science and soil science. Research that underlies the graduate program is conducted in climate sciences, crop biotechnology, crop ecology, crop physiology, crop science, horticulture (general and ornamental), plant breeding, soil microbiology, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, soil fertility, environmental soil and water science and arid landscaping.

A major effort is directed at extending research and teaching programs to all citizens of the state of Utah.


Plant Science

Plants provide food, fiber, and shelter for us all. Plant Science in the PSC department is diverse and exciting. Whether you are interested in conserving water through better utilization of native plants in landscapes; interested in saving wildlands by halting the invasion of weeds; or want to help feed the world by developing crops that produce more; Plants are where it's at!

Graduates of the plant science majors work in a wide range of careers including golf course management, crop consulting, nursery management, water conservation, and just about anything else you can imagine that involves plants.

Faculty in plant science teach a wide range of courses and work on varied research projects and extension programs. Undergraduates and graduates get involved at every level of teaching and research in plant science. The menu on the left lists some of the main teaching, research, and outreach efforts of the faculty in the PSC department. Each of the main areas list faculty members who are active in those areas. Explore the world of plants.