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Tropical Agriculture and the Environment

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How can we feed, clothe, and provide energy for 9.7 billion people by 2050 and sustainably use and protect natural resources and biodiversity? The new Tropical Agriculture and the Environment (TAE) major offers numerous career paths for students interested in becoming part of the scientific solution to some of the most pressing issues we face in the 21st century. TAE offers a Bachelor of Science degree with hands-on knowledge of sciences and technologies related to plant, soil, and pest management in agricultural, urban, and natural environments with a focus on the tropics.  




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Choose From Five Diverse Tracks:


Environmental Soil Sciences

Healthy soils are essential for sustaining vital processes for living systems. Learn how healthy soils are generated, maintained, and restored in agricultural and natural systems.  


Pest, Pathogens, and Invasive Species

An incredible influx of pests threatens the sustainability and viability of agricultural and natural systems. Study the biology of and novel management approaches for controlling invasive insects, plant pathogens, and weeds. 

Environmental Urban Horticulture

Plants form an integral part of our urban habitats and influence many facets of our daily lives. Master the elements of landscape design and implementation. 


Plant Sciences

Plants are complex and diverse organisms that continue to challenge our understanding of behavior, communication, and evolution. Delve into their inner workings.


Plant Production and Management

The tropics pose particular challenges for the production of plant-based food, fiber, and energy. Learn how you can contribute to sustainable and secure production. 


Agribusiness Certificate

Earn a certificate in the business and management of agricultural operations. Gain the skills needed in agribusiness management and entrepreneurship. Learn more about the Agribusiness Certificate.


Plant Production and Management Minor

Complete a minimum of 15 credits of non-introductory, upper-division-level courses to add a minor in Plant Production and Management to your degree. Contact Dr. Ken Leonhard for more information.

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Rewarding Career Opportunities

Tropical Agriculture and the Environment graduates pursue careers as scientists and practitioners in plant breeding, pest management, soil conservation, plant physiology, biotechnology, science education, agricultural production, landscape design, and more.


Visit the Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS) Department or Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS) Department for more information.