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Program in Integrated Plant Sciences

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Program in Integrated Plant Sciences

ips.wsu.edu
Hulbert Hall 423
509-335-8406

Integrated Plant Sciences Program Director, D. Layne; Crop and Soil Sciences Department Chair and Professor, R. Koenig; Viticulture and Enology Director and Professor, T. Henick-Kling; School of Economic Sciences Director and Professor, A. Love; Plant Pathology Director and Professor, S. Hulbert; Horticulture Department Chair and Professor, B.W. Poovaiah; Entomology Department Chair and Professor, S. Sheppard; School of Food Science Director and Professor, B. Rasco; Teaching Faculty, B. Bondada, M. Brady, I. Burke, C. Campbell, K. Campbell, L. Carpenter-Boggs, A. Carter, D. Cobos, T. Collins, J. Cowan, D. Crowder, J. Davenport, A. Dhingra, J. Durfey, C. Edwards, J. Fellman, A. Felsot, M. Flury, J. Harsh, J. Holden, P. Jacoby, B. Jaeckel, M. Kumar, V. Lohr, K. Murphy, B. Naravane, M. Neff, W. Pan, H. Pappu, C. Peace, T. Peever, C. Perillo, M. Pumphrey, M. Quinn, N. Rayapati, J. Reganold, C. Ross, R. Rupp, K. Sanguinet.

The science of plant life from molecule to market is the focus of the Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) degree program.  The degree is delivered collaboratively by departments within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.  The IPS degree provides students with an exciting depth and breadth of knowledge that encompasses a variety of plant science disciplines, including crop and soil sciences, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, and food science. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Plant Sciences may choose among six majors highly sought by employers in the state and nationally: Agricultural Biotechnology; Field Crop Management; Fruit and Vegetable Management; Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management; Turfgrass Management; or Viticulture and Enology (Pullman and Tri-Cities campus).

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Plant Sciences

IPS majors explore the science of plant development and production from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines. All students in the program take a core set of interdisciplinary courses selected specifically to give them a solid foundation on which they can build expertise in a specific area.

In order to certify in an IPS major, a student must have a minimum of 24 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.  For complete information about all majors within the IPS degree programs, please see the IPS webpage at: http://ips.wsu.edu.

In addition to WSU’s Six Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate, successful IPS graduates also will be able to:

  • Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning to address real world problems in plant production and management systems.
  • Understand the growth and development of horticultural and agronomic crop plants, current management practices, and factors that influence yield, aesthetics, and end-use quality. 
  • Integrate skills, facts, concepts, principles and research methods from plant and other sciences in order to actively participate in a wide variety of environmental and agricultural activities, including research, outreach, education, and management.
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of horticultural and agronomic crop plants to global society, and use this knowledge to contribute to the welfare of global society.
  • Obtain, evaluate, and apply scholarly information to expand understanding and knowledge-base of the plant sciences.
  • Communicate effectively to a broad range of audiences using appropriate traditional and emerging technological media.
  • Appreciate the breadth and depth of professional opportunities in plant sciences.

The hands-on possibilities within the IPS degree are numerous. Students are required to participate in Experiential Education which includes undergraduate research projects, work as part-time employees with research and extension personnel, study abroad, and/or participate in professional internships to put their classroom training to work. Learn, lead, and connect through the Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (http://ctll.cahnrs.wsu.edu). Student clubs also provide a variety of ways to interact with peers, faculty, and staff within the college, yet another way to enrich the educational experience. (http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/Student-life/clubs/)

Scholarships

Scholarships for IPS majors are available on a competitive basis and are awarded based on ability, need, and interest in a career path in plant sciences.(http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/scholarships/).

Transfer Students

Students planning to transfer into the IPS program should take courses that meet the University Common Requirements (UCORE) and the IPS core requirements when possible. Transfer articulation agreements have been developed with several Washington community colleges degree programs.  More information can be found on our Transfer Student website: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/transfer/. Prospective transfer students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor within the IPS program for further guidance.

Graduate Studies

Master of Science in Agriculture (Pullman and Global Campus)

This advanced degree program focuses on the agricultural professional, practitioner, and educator to meet the growing need for prepared individuals to apply new and emerging technologies and science to the advancement of agriculture. This degree offers professionals already working in the field the opportunity to continue their education while they continue employment either inside or outside of the Pullman area. Students may elect to customize their program or choose from three options:  General Agriculture, Food Science and Management, or Plant Health Management (online only). Access complete program description on-line at: http://msag.wsu.edu/.

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are also offered in Crop Science, Economics, Entomology, Food Science, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Soil Science. More information can be found on the CAHNRS Graduate Studies website: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/graduate-studies/.
 

 

Degree Programs

Honors students complete the Honors College requirements which replace the UCORE requirements.

Agricultural Biotechnology(120 Hours)

The Agricultural Biotechnology major is a designed for students interested in careers as laboratory or research technicians in plant biotechnology, breeding, genetics, entomology, plant pathology, molecular biology, or physiology, as well as for students preparing for advanced degrees in these areas. The program emphasizes the development and application of new technology to ensure a safe and abundant food and fiber supply. Students may find employment in industry, government, or university labs.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 105 [PSCI] 4
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] 3
HORT / CROP SCI 1023
MATH 140 [QUAN] 4
Second TermHours
CHEM 106 [PSCI] 4
ECONS 101 [SSCI] 3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
HORT / CROP SCI 2024
Second Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI] or 107 [BSCI]4
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] 3 or 4
STAT 212 [QUAN] 4
Electives3
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 106 or 107 4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENTOM 3513
Humanities [HUM]3
SOIL SCI 201 3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 4203
CHEM 3454
ENTOM 343 [M]3
MBIOS 3014
PL P 4293
Second TermHours
CROP SCI 445 [M]4
CROP SCI 4953
Diversity [DIVR]3
MBIOS 3034
MBIOS 3053
Fourth Year
First TermHours
HORT 4803
MBIOS 4043
MBIOS 4783
STAT 4123
Elective4
Second TermHours
400-500-level Seminar in CAHNRS11
HORT 41623
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
IPM 4522
MBIOS 4013

Footnotes

1Seminar in CAHNRS (1 credit): AGTM 451, CROP SCI /SOIL SCI 412, HORT/VIT ENOL 409, or as approved by advisor.
2CROP SCI 411 [M] can be taken in the fall as an alternative to HORT 416.

Field Crop Management(120 Hours)

The Field Crop Management major is ideal for students interested in agronomy, crop production, and plant, soil, and pest management. Crop scientists (or agronomists) are involved in improving food, feed, and fiber production. Graduates qualify for careers in agribusiness, corporate and technical farm management, professional consulting, research, and sales positions.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 101 [PSCI] or 105 [PSCI]4
ECONS 101 [SSCI]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
HORT / CROP SCI 1023
MATH 140 [QUAN]4
Second TermHours
CHEM 102 or 1064
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
HORT / CROP SCI 2024
Second Year
First TermHours
[COMM] Course (COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] recommended)3 or 4
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI], 107 [BSCI], or 120 [BSCI]4
Humanities [HUM]3
SOIL SCI 2013
Electives2
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 106, 107, or 120 4
ENTOM 3513
STAT 2124
Electives3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
CROP SCI 3053
ECONS 35013
ENTOM 343 [M]3
Electives3
Major Electives23
Second TermHours
CROP SCI 3023
CROP SCI 495, 498, or 4993
Diversity [DIVR]3
Electives6
Fourth Year
First TermHours
CROP SCI 4033
CROP SCI 411 [M]33
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
PL P 4293
Major Electives23
Second TermHours
CROP SCI 4121
IPM 4522
SOIL SCI 4413
Electives6
Major Electives23

Footnotes

1ECONS 352 can be taken in the spring as an alternative to ECONS 350.
2Major Elective (9 Credits): AFS 302 [M]; CROP SCI 360, 401 [M], 445 [M], 495, 498, 499; ENTOM 361; HORT 357; SOIL SCI 442; and/or consult with your advisor.
3HORT 416 can be taken in the spring as an alternative to CROP SCI 411 [M]. However, two [M] courses are required so one elective should have [M] designation.

Fruit and Vegetable Management(120 Hours)

The Fruit and Vegetable Management major offers specialization in the science and practice of growing, harvesting, handling, storing, processing, and marketing tree fruits, small fruits, and vegetables. Students will learn the most efficient and sustainable management practices involving state-of-the-art production systems for the diverse fruit and vegetable crops produced in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Graduates can look forward to careers as growers and farm managers, production field advisors, sales representatives in the horticultural services industry, managers of produce firms, and brokers and marketers of fruit and vegetable products.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 101 [PSCI] or 105 [PSCI]4
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] 3 or 4
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
HORT / CROP SCI 1023
Second TermHours
CHEM 102 or 1064
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
HORT / CROP SCI 2024
Humanities [HUM]3
Second Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI] or 120 [BSCI]4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 140 [QUAN], 171 [QUAN], 202 [QUAN], or STAT 212 [QUAN], 3 or 4
SOIL SCI 2013
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 1074
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
HORT 3514
Sustainability Elective12 or 3
Electives3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 4203
ENTOM 343 [M]3
HORT 3103
HORT 3203
Electives3
Second TermHours
ENTOM 3513
Environmental HORT Elective23
SOIL SCI 4413
Electives6
Third TermHours
(Summer Session) HORT 3991
Fourth Year
First TermHours
HORT 3133
HORT 418 [M]3
Pest Management Elective32 or 3
PL P 300 or PL P 4292 or 3
Electives5
Second TermHours
Advanced Fruit or Vegetable Elective43
HORT 41653
HORT 425 [M] [CAPS]3
Electives6

Footnotes

1Sustainability Elective courses (2-3 credits): BIOLOGY 330, 372 [M]; ENVR SCI 101, 469; SOIL SCI 101, 302, 480; or as approved by advisor.
2Environmental Horticulture Elective courses (3 credits): HORT 330, 331, 332, 357; or as approved by advisor.
3Pest Management Elective courses (2-3 credits): CROP SCI 305; IPM 452, PL P 300, 429; or as approved by advisor. Courses cannot be used to fulfill more than one major requirement.
4Advanced Fruit or Vegetable Elective courses (3 credits) : HORT 413, 421 [M], or 480, or as approved by advisor.
5CROP SCI 411 [M] can be taken in the fall as an alternative to HORT 416.

Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management(120 Hours)

The Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management major is a horticulture-based program that prepares students for opportunities in landscape plant management and in the propagation, production, marketing, and use of potted crops, bedding plants, trees, shrubs, and cut flowers. This is an exciting major for students interested in owning or managing a nursery or greenhouse; attending graduate school in horticulture; working for university extension offices and research greenhouses, maintaining public gardens, aboretums, landscapes, and parks; or working as wholesale horticultural-product brokers. Students in this major are encouraged to gain hands-on experience and earn scholarships through participation in the Horticulture Club.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 101 [PSCI] or 105 [PSCI]4
[COMM] Course (COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] recommended)3 or 4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
HORT / CROP SCI 1023
Second TermHours
CHEM 102 or 1064
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
HORT / CROP SCI 2024
MATH 140 [QUAN], 171 [QUAN], 202 [QUAN], or STAT 212 [QUAN]3 or 4
Second Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI], 107 [BSCI], or 120 [BSCI]4
HORT 2313
Humanities [HUM]3
SOIL SCI 2013
Electives3
Second TermHours
HORT 2323
HORT 2514
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Electives4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 106, 107, or 1204
Diversity [DIVR]3
ENTOM 343 [M]3
Horticulture Electives13
Electives3
Second TermHours
Advanced Plant Science Elective23 or 4
ENTOM 3513
HORT 3313
Horticulture Electives13
300-400-level Elective3
Third TermHours
(Summer Session) HORT 3991
Fourth Year
First TermHours
Advanced Plant Science Elective 23 or 4
PL P 300 or 4292 or 3
Electives9
Second TermHours
400-500-level Seminar in CAHNRS31
HORT 3573
HORT 41643
HORT 425 [M] [CAPS]3
Horticulture Elective11
SOIL SCI 302 [M] or 4413

Footnotes

1Approved Horticulture Electives (7 credits minimum): CROP SCI 301, 305, 401 [M]; HORT 310, 313, 320, 332, 358; or as approved by advisor.
2Advanced Plant Science Electives: BIOLOGY 301, 332 [M], 372 [M], 409, 462; CROP SCI/HORT 445 [M]; HORT 418 [M]; NATRS 300, 450 [M], 454 [M], 464 [M]; or as approved by advisor.
3Seminar in CAHNRS (1 credit): AGTM 451, CROP SCI /SOIL SCI 412, HORT/VIT ENOL 409, or as approved by advisor.
4CROP SCI 411 [M] can be taken in the fall as an alternative to HORT 416.

Turfgrass Management(120 Hours)

The Turfgrass Management major is geared toward students interested in pursuing careers as golf course managers, athletic field managers, or personnel managers in those venues. Students will take courses in turf management, turf production, plant pathology, entomology, soil fertility, and plant breeding to learn how to maintain healthy turfgrass systems. Additionally, students gain hands-on experience at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course, an 18-hole championship golfing facility at the Pullman campus.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 101 [PSCI]4
[COMM] Course (COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] recommended)3 or 4
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
HORT / CROP SCI 1023
Second TermHours
CHEM 1024
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
HORT / CROP SCI 2024
STAT 205 [QUAN] or 212 [QUAN]3 or 4
Second Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI]4
Diversity [DIVR]3
ECONS 101 [SSCI]3
SOIL SCI 2013
Electives3
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 107 or 1204
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENTOM 3513
Humanities [HUM]3
Electives3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
AGTM 3153
CROP SCI 3013
CROP SCI 3053
ECONS / BUSINESS Electives13
ENTOM 343 [M]3
Second TermHours
AGTM 4123
CROP SCI / HORT Elective23
IPM 4522
SOIL SCI 4413
SOIL SCI 4422
Third TermHours
(Summer Session) CROP SCI 495, 498, or 4993
Fourth Year
First TermHours
AGTM Electives33
CROP SCI 411 [M]43
PL P 4293
Electives6
Second TermHours
CROP SCI 401 [M]3
CROP SCI 4121
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Electives8

Footnotes

1ECONS/BUSINESS Elective (3 credits): ACCTG 230; ECONS 350, 352; MGMT 301;and/or consult with your advisor.
2CROP SCI/HORT Elective (3 credits): CROP SCI 302; HORT 231, 232, 331; and/or consult with your advisor.
3AGTM Electives (3 credits): AGTM 310, 314, 416; and/or consult with your advisor.
4HORT 416 can be taken in the spring as an alternative to CROP SCI 411 [M].

Viticulture and Enology(120 Hours)

The Viticulture and Enology major was created for students interested in wine-grape growing and winemaking, as well as contributing to critical research and development opportunities in the wine industry. This program offers the technical, scientific, and practical experience needed to gain the essential skills for producing high quality grapes and premium table wines. It prepares students for successful careers in the wine industry in Washington and beyond.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 101 [PSCI] or 105 [PSCI]4
[COMM] Course (COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] recommended)3 or 4
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
HORT / CROP SCI 1023
Second TermHours
CHEM 102 or 1064
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
HORT / CROP SCI 2024
STAT 212 [QUAN]4
Second Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI] or 120 [BSCI]4
CHEM 3454
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
VIT ENOL 1133
Electives3
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 1074
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
Humanities [HUM]3
SOIL SCI 2013
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 4203
ENTOM 343 [M]3
HORT/VIT ENOL 3133
MBIOS 3034
PL P 30012
Second TermHours
ENTOM 3513
HORT/VIT ENOL 4133
IPM 4522
MBIOS 3053
Specialization Electives23
Third TermHours
(Summer Session) VIT ENOL 399 or FS/VIT ENOL 4962
Fourth Year
First TermHours
FS/VIT ENOL 4653
HORT 418 [M]3
HORT/VIT ENOL 3263
HORT/VIT ENOL 4091
Specialization Electives23
Second TermHours
FS/VIT ENOL 4223
FS/VIT ENOL 4353
HORT 41633
HORT 425 [CAPS] [M]3
Specialization Electives23

Footnotes

1PL P 429 can be taken as an alternative, but PL P 300 is recommended.
2Approved Specialization Electives courses include (9 credits): AGTM 315; BIOLOGY 421; CHEM 220/222; CROP SCI 305, 403; ECONS 351; ENVR SCI 486; FS 303, 416, 423, 460, 462, 470; FS/VIT ENOL 466; GEOLOGY 322, 323; HBM 350, 358, 480; HORT 251, 421 [M], 495, 499; MATH 140; MBIOS 301, 306; MKTG 360; PHYSICS 101; SOIL SCI 302 [M], 374, 414, 415, 441, 442, 468; or as approved by advisor.
3CROP SCI 411 [M] can be taken in the fall as an alternative to HORT 416.
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