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Plant and Soil Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Good stewardship of crops and land has never been more important. Increasing the quantity and the quality of crop yields, and doing so in a way that's sustainable year after year, can be the difference between plenty and privation. For students interested in learning about the complex interactions that must take place before the first shoot breaks through—and wanting to make this field a career—a degree in Plant and Soil Science is an investment in growth.
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  • Like all students in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, majors in Plant and Soil Science are expected to be among the best. As can be seen in the case of Eric Limbird, the students deliver. Limbird, a Nashville resident, was one of two students selected to receive the prestigious American Society for Horticulture Science Scholars Award. To receive the $1,500 award, Limbird flew to the national conference in Hawaii along with other plant and soil science students and assistant professor Nate Phillips. The group also received second- and third-place team awards.
  • MTSU's Student Farmers Market provides produce grown and harvested by students, faculty, and staff at the Agricultural Experiential Learning and Research Center. Open in the summer and for other brief periods (depending on the season), the market is also a good place to find honey and plants. The University's four greenhouses are another supply source for the market; crops include cabbage, onions, tomatoes, kohlrabi, corn, okra, eggplant, beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, and peppers. Members of the Plant and Soil Science Club can use one of the greenhouses to grow whatever they want. Faculty member Nate Phillips experimented with eating for a month only food produced on MTSU farms.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • ABAS 4300 - Plant Protection
  • ABAS 4310 - Forage Crops
  • ABAS 4320 - Plant Physiology
  • ABAS 4330 - Turf Management
  • ABAS 4350 - Soil Survey and Land Use
  • ABAS 4370 - Soil and Water Conservation
  • ABAS 4380 - Interior Landscaping
  • ABAS 4390 - Urban and Sports Turf Soils

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

General requirements for international applicants

  • Application form for admission
  • $30 application fee
  • International Certificate of Immunization
  • Financial statement indicating sources of support
  • Certificate of Freedom from Tuberculosis
  • All foreign non-immigrant students applying for admission pursuant to a student visa shall submit within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of admission (immediate withdrawal from classes) or continued enrollment. In the event that a student has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  • Submit Varicella (chickenpox) form
For undergraduate admissions, submit the following to the International Admissions Office (Campus Box 120, Peck Hall 216, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA):
  • TOEFL - an official iBT score of 61 or above (173 or above cbt or 500 or above paper-based);
  • IELTS - an official score of 5.5 or above;
  • iTEP - an official score of 3.6 or above.
In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, you may submit the following:
  • ELS passing of Level 110 in place of the above examinations - applicants may submit an official academic record demonstrating successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 110.
If residing in the US and applicable, please submit the following:
  • a copy of the I-94;
  • a copy of the I-20 ID;
  • copy of passport expiration page;
  • copy of visa page of passport.
  • Minimum grade point average is 3.0/4.0 for freshmen and 2.0/4.0 for transfer students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1034 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1034 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    337 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 337 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
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