Texas Tech University

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.

Program Overview

  • 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 Student status..
  • 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.

Related online programs:

Master of Science in Horticulture

Crop Protection Certificate

Fibers and Textiles Certificate

Horticultural Landscape Management Certificate

Soil Management Certificate

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University as either a first-time freshman or an undergraduate transfer.
    • The application fee is $75 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.
  2. 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. Student status..
  3. 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.

Program Requirements

General Course Requirements (51 Hours)

Biology Math
BIOL 1401 Biology of Plants† MATH 1320 College Algebra and
1321 Trigonometry
MATH 1330 Intro Mathematical Analysis I and
1331 Intro Mathematical Analysis II
Chemistry Political Science
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
Communications Foreign Language
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
History Multicultural Requirements
HIST 2300 History of the U.S. to 1877
HIST 2301 History of the U.S. since 1877
3 semester hours
Creative Arts Economics
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 2330 Urban Soils
PSS 2401 Introductory Entomology
PSS 3323 Crop Physiology
PSS 3421 Fundamental Principles of Genetics
PSS 4411 Greenhouse Crop Production
PSS 4421 Principles of Weed Science

PSS 2312 Propagation Methods
PSS 2313 Herbaceous Plant
PSS 3309 Introduction to Turfgrass Science
PSS 3311 Vegetable Production
PSS 3317 Interior Plants
PSS 4313 Arboriculture
PSS 4314 Garden Center Mgmt.
PSS 4316 Turfgrass Physiology & Ecology
PSS 4335 Soil & Plant Nutrient Mgmt.

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.

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