Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences
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 Plant and Soil Science. Manage golf courses and athletic fields. Own your 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. Design, install and maintain interiorscapes. The opportunities are endless.
- 120 credit hours
- Coursework is completed primarily online. Some courses, like lab sciences, cannot be taught online and must be taken face-to-face at a college or university in your area.
- Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED
- Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time undergraduate enrollment.
- Semester-based courses run with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four yearly sessions.
Contact the program coordinator by phone.
- Name: Christi Chadwell
- Phone: 806-742-2838 ext. 233
Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment.
- Apply to Texas Tech University as either a first-time freshman or an undergraduate transfer.
- The application fee is $60 for U.S. students and $125 for international applicants.
- In addition to applying, you will need to submit ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript with class rank.
- Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.
- Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
- Upon acceptance, you will be assigned an advisor to ensure your continuous progress
towards the degree. If you receive a letter of rejection, there is an opportunity
for filing a re-evaluation request if performance improves.
- Texas Tech University will notify you of your application status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.
General Course Requirements (51 Hours)
|BIOL 1401 Biology of Plants†||MATH 1320 College Algebra and
MATH 1330 Intro Mathematical Analysis I and
1331 Intro Mathematical Analysis II
|CHEM 1307 Principles of Chemistry I†
CHEM 1107 Principles of Chemistry I-lab†
CHEM 1308 Principles of Chemistry II†
CHEM 1108 Principles of Chemistry II-lab†
|POLS 2302 American Government Organization
POLS 2302 American Public Policy
|COMS 2300 Public Speaking or
COMS 3358 Business & Professional Communication
|1 year or 2 years high school credit|
|English||Language, Philosophy & Culture|
|ENGL 1301 Essentials of College Rhetoric
ENGL 1302 Advanced College Rhetoric
ENGL 2311 Introduction to Technical Writing
|3 credit hours|
|HIST 2300 History of the U.S. to 1877
HIST 2301 History of the U.S. since 1877
|3 semester hours|
|3 credit hours||AAEC 2305 Fundamentals of Agricultural and Applied Economics
ECO 2301 Principles of Economics (ECO 2302)
Plant and Soil Science Core Requirement (68 Hours)
|PSS Required Courses (26 Hours)||Required Specialization (27 Hours)|
PSS 1411 Principles of Horticulture
PSS 2312 Propagation Methods
|Additional Specialization (15 Hours)|
|PSS 1311 The Science of Wine
PSS 2314 Wine Production Intro.
PSS 3310 Viticulture I: Principles of Viticulture
PSS 4000 Internship
PSS 4001 Problems
PSS 4310 Viticulture II: Grape Production
PSS 4337 Environmental Soil Science
|Free Electives (1 Hour)|
Total hours required for degree: 120
All PSS courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
†Course must be taken face-to-face at Texas Tech University or another institution.
All electives are subject to approval of the academic advisor.
In order to graduate, all PSS students must pass a minimum of 40 credit hours of 3000 or 4000.