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Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science
with a specialization in Horticulture at a distance

The Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science, horticulture degree program at a distance is designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s working professional. Horticulture is the art and science of cultivating edible plants (fruits, nuts, and vegetables) and ornamental plants (annual and perennial flowers and woody plants). Today’s horticulture students focus on the challenges and practices of genetics and breeding, propagation, biotechnology, production, management, handling and storage, marketing, and utilization of ornamental plants in both the interior and exterior landscape. This degree program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of undergraduate coursework. While students take the majority of their coursework on-line from Texas Tech University, they may be required to take a course, such as Introductory Chemistry, from another institution or a local community college. Credits from other institutions can be evaluated for potential transfer, however, the last 30 hours of the degree must be completed through Texas Tech University, either at a distance or on-campus.

Consider the benefits of Texas Tech University's Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science with a specialization in Horticulture Degree Completion Program@ a distance!

Degree Plan Requirements -120 semester hours       

The Texas Common Course Number, if available is noted in parenthesis after the Texas Tech University course.


General Course Requirements 48 Hours:

ENGL 1301 Essentials of College Rhetoric ** CHEM 1307 Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 1411) †
ENGL 1302 Advanced College Rhetoric ** CHEM 1107 Principles of Chemistry I-lab (CHEM 1411) †
ENGL 2311 Introduction to Technical Writing ** CHEM 1308 Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 1412) †
  CHEM 1108 Principles of Chemistry I-lab (CHEM 1412) †
HIST 2300 History of the U.S. to 1877 ** POLS 1301 American Government Organization ***
HIST 2301 History of the U.S. Since 1877 ** POLS 2302 American Public Policy ***
MATH 1320 College Algebra *** COMS 2300 Public Speaking (COMS 1315) ***
MATH 1330 Intro to Math Analysis  
BIOL 1401 Biology of Plants † Humanities, 3 semester hours ‡
  Foreign Language, 1 year or 2 years high school credit
  Visual Performing Arts, 3 semester hours ‡
  Multicultural Requirement, 1 year of Foreign Language or 2 years of High School Credit‡

Major Course Requirements 44 Semester Hours:

PSS 1411 (AGRI 1415) Principles of Horticulture *
PSS 2312 Propagation *
PSS 2313 Herbaceous Plants *
PSS 2330 Urban Soils *
PSS 2401 Introductory Entomology
PSS 3317 Interior Plants *
PSS 3323 Crop Growth *
PSS 3421 Fundamental Principles of Genetics *
PSS 4314 Garden Center Management *
PSS 4335 Soil & Plant Nutrient Management *
PSS 4411 Greenhouse Crop Production *
PSS 4421 Principles of Weed Science *
AAEC 2305 Fund. Ag. Appl. Economics *
ECO 2301 (ECO 2302) Principles of Micro Economics *

18 Hours from These Courses:

PSS 1311 Winemaking Worldwide *
PSS 2314 Intro to Wine Production *
PSS 3309 Intro to Turgrass Science *
PSS 3310 Principals of Viticulture *
PSS 3324 Seed Science *
PSS 4000 Internship *
PSS 4001 Gardens of Europe *
PSS 4310 Grape Production / Vineyard Management *
PSS 4313 Aboriculture *
PSS 4316 Turf Phy. Mgmt *
PSS 4337 Environmental Soil Science *

10 Hours Directed Electives:

Allowed from the following areas of study: BA*,AAEC*, FS*, LARC, MBIO, PSS*, PSY*, RWFM, SOC*.


To be eligible for graduation, all undergraduate students majoring in the Department of Plant and Soil Science (PSS) must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in PSS courses. In addition, if a student fails a course (receives a grade of ‘F’) on a course listed within the ‘Major Course Requirement’ section of their degree plan, the student must retake the failed course and replace the grade of ‘F’ with a passing grade.

If you are interested in a degree plan, visit our How to apply page.

All students will be advised prior to registration          

* Semester based online courses available through distance learning.

** Non-semester based online courses available through distance learning.

*** Non-semester based print version courses available through distance learning.

† Course must be taken face-to-face from another local institution and transferred to Texas Tech University.

‡ Choose from the core curriculum.


While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in reporting courses, policies and other statements, the University reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.

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