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Program in Integrated Plant Sciences

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Program in Integrated Plant Sciences
Hulbert Hall 423

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, R. Koenig; Entomology Department Chair and Professor, L. Lavine; School of Food Science Director and Professor, B. Rasco; Regents Professor, J. Reganold; Professors, I. Burke, L. Carpenter-Boggs, A. Carter, D. Cobos, A. Dhingra, C. Edwards, A. Felsot, M. Flury, P. Jacoby, H. Pappu, T. Peever, N. Rayapati; Associate Professors, B. Bondada, M. Brady, D. Crowder, M. Kumar, K. Murphy, M. Neff, J. Owen, C. Peace, M. Pumphrey, C. Ross; Assistant Professors, L. DeVetter, K. Sanguinet; Clinical Assistant Professors, T. Collins, B. Ewing, C. Perillo; Senior Instructor, J. Durfey; Instructors, C. Kawula, M. Quinn; Adjunct Faculty, C. Campbell, J. Holden; Farm Manager and Instructor, B. Jaeckel; Information Systems Coordinator, R. Rupp.

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:

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 ( 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. (


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. (

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: 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:

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:


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