Hours Required120 credit hours
Areas of FocusEcology and Management, Biotechnology
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Our alumni are University extension educators, specialists, agronomists, crop consultants, co-op managers, farmers, seed, fertilizer or chemical sales or technical representatives, field or lab researchers, plant breeders, soil conservationists and professors.
Students are required to complete two internships as part of their graduation requirements. You are encouraged to complete these internships with different businesses to experience various facets of the ag industry and boost your professional network.
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers scholarships to students enrolled in the agronomy, plant and landscape systems and plant biology majors. Each year, approximately 80 students receive departmental scholarships that total more than $120,000.
Fantastic Fungi–The Fatal and the Friendly (PLPT 110)
A survey of the impact of fungi on human history and welfare. Topics include fungal toxins, fungi as food and medicinal fungi.
Plant Pathogens and Disease (PLPT 210)
Introduction to fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses that cause plant diseases. Strategies used in managing plant diseases in agricultural and landscape environments.
Biological Invaders (PLPT 270)
Impact of exotic species and invasive organisms in agricultural and medical emerging disease, predicting biological invasions, biological control and ecological impact.
Introductory Plant Pathology (PLPT 369)
Learn about the relation of plant disease to crop production, the environment and society. Organisms that cause disease and strategies for disease management.
Corn Diseases (PLPT 415)
Introduction to the important diseases affecting corn in Nebraska and other areas of the United States. Emphasis on pathogen biology, favorable conditions and disease diagnosis.
Microbial Genetics & Genomics (PLPT 418)
Inheritance, exchange and regulation of genes in prokaryotic microorganisms, including gene structure and function, gene transfer and the elements involved, DNA mutations and genome sequencing.
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David Holding, Professor, Associate Department Head
Dr. David Holding is a Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture with expertise in plant breeding and genetics and a focus in plant molecular genetics. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Sussex and Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Genetics from Kings College London.
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