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Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (WUR) , CT,
The Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems major, with concentrations in Environmental Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture, and Turfgrass Science, focuses on the science and practices associated with sustainable plant production and/or use within managed systems. Courses emphasize practices and concepts related to reducing environmental impact during production and in managed land use systems. 


Concentrations focus on the production of ornamental and edible crops in controlled environments, greenhouses, nurseries and on farms; management practices for built landscapes and surfaces used for recreational and sporting activities, and the selection and management of ornamental trees, shrubs, grasses, native species, and plants and soils that perform ecosystem services in recreational, urban, and suburban settings to meet functional and aesthetic requirements. The program emphasizes hands-on learning, and developing and applying knowledge to solve contemporary problems in individual and team approaches. Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Principles of Biology 
  • Introduction to Botany
  • Chemical Principles and Applications 
  • Written Communications in Horticulture
  • Sustainable Plant Pest Management Communication
  • Plant Physiology: How Plants Work
  • Environmental Soil Science
  • Soil Lab
  • Introduction to Plant Science

            English Language Requirements

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            Academic Requirements

            • A Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
            • $80 Application Fee (non-refundable)
            • Essay & Two Optional Letters of Recommendation
            • Official Secondary School Transcripts
            • Official SAT or ACT Scores
            • English Proficiency Requirement
            • Fine Arts Applicants
            • Special Program Applicants

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              35216 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
            • National

              35216 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
            • In-State

              12848 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 12848 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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            Living costs for Storrs

            • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
              Living Costs

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