Student working in a lab

From the food on our plates to the homes we live in to the fuel in our vehicles, plants impact all aspects of our daily lives. As an ever-growing human population continues to increase the demand for crops and other plant products, so too does the demand for plant scientists. Plant Sciences addresses the challenges from the field to the laboratory. Students enroll in a generalized core curriculum, then further refine their expertise in the Turfgrass Science emphasis area.  From observing sporting events to participation in recreational or professional sports, turf serves as the platform upon which outdoor sports are played.  The basics of turfgrass selection, production, and protection offer diverse careers where the outdoors is your office: golf course superintendent, lawn technician, city park management, and sports complex turf manager. For those that enjoy the outdoors and green backgrounds, opportunities abound to work in low profile (parks and recreation) or high profile (Busch Stadium) venues.  Turfgrass scientists strive to improve the ability of turfgrass to withstand the demands of drought, weeds, pest invasions and foot traffic. Professional sports teams, golf courses, cities and school systems all offer careers in turfgrass management.

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