Description of Programs
Description of Majors, Career Opportunities and Mapsheet Links
The Genetics and Biotechnology major educates students in scientific principles and biotechniques used to genetically improve economically important plants and animals. This field holds tremendous promise for meeting the food and fiber needs of the developing world. Students are prepared for immediate employment or for graduate study in plant and animal biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics, or the health professions.
Students majoring in environmental science learn a broad combination of chemistry, engineering, geology, geography, and plant and soil sciences to help them solve environmental problems. They are prepared for graduate study and direct employment in fields dealing with assessing and remediating human-induced environmental impacts, as well as for careers in law, business, and the health professions.
This program is accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the leading professional organization in landscape horticulture management. The major combines practice and instruction in horticultural science, business, and landscape design to prepare students for graduate studies in business, law, landscape architecture, and horticulture, or for direct employment as managers in the growing urban horticulture industry.
This degree program qualifies students for federal job series employment in wildlife biology, range conservation, ecology, zoology, and botany. It also prepares for graduate programs in renewable natural resources and for eventual professional affiliations with state wildlife agencies and a number of federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Park Service. Graduates are well prepared to deal with complex issues involving wildlife and wildlands management and the overall conservation of natural resources.