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Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences


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Undergraduate Study

The School of Food and Agriculture is responsible for the B.S. degrees in Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture, and its faculty play a pivotal role through instruction and advising in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences B.S. program.

Click here to access PSE Learning Objectives documentation.


Undergraduate Minors in PSE

Students may also compliment their undergraduate education by choosing to minor in Environmental Horticulture, Plant Science, Soil Science,  Sustainable Agriculture or Sustainable Food Systems.

Click here to access more information about Minors.


Environmental Horticulture

The B.S. in Environmental Horticulture is a science-based curriculum that offers students the opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in landscape design; landscape management;  sustainable plant production and maintenance; greenhouse management; plant and soil sciences; business management; and other related areas.  The program provides excellent training for a wide-range of professional opportunities in the Green Industry and provides a strong background for students interested in pursuing graduate education in areas such as business administration and landscape architecture.

Click here to access the Environmental Horticulture Program website.


Sustainable Agriculture

The B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture is an interdisciplinary program offered cooperatively by the faculties of  Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences, School of Biology and Ecology and School of Economics.  This program offers academic, research, and extension programs that address the principles and practices of environmentally sound and profitable farming.  It emphasizes how to increase farm profits by decreasing the costs of crop and livestock production; how to build soil tilth and fertility through rotations, multiple cropping, and nutrient cycling; how to protect water quality and human health by decreasing the need to use synthetic agrochemicals; how to manage crop pests and livestock diseases with integrated, ecologically sound strategies; and how to create a strong, diversified agriculture that is stable through market and weather fluctuations.

 

Click here to access the Sustainable Agriculture Program website.


Ecology and Environmental Sciences

The B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary program offered cooperatively by the faculties of  Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences; School of Biology and Ecology; School of Economics; School of Forest Resources; and Department of Wildlife Ecology.  Students majoring in the program are taught and advised by over thirty-five faculty from these units.  This program is designed to acquaint students with the scope and characteristics of our natural resources and to introduce the scientific and economic principles that govern resource use and conservation.

Click here to access the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program website.

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Contact Information

Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
5722 Deering Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5722
Phone: (207) 581-2947 | Fax: (207) 581-2999
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System