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Integrated Plant Sciences

Field Crop Management

Students become well prepared for careers in agronomy, crop production, as well as plant, soil, or pest management.

Explore the Possibilities

As agronomists or crop scientists, alumni are involved in improving food, feed, and fiber production through a variety of agriculture-related careers.

This major includes courses in crop and soil sciences, economics, integrated pest management, and plant pathology. A unique feature is that it includes twenty open electives so you can tailor the program to match your interests.

IPS Degree

The Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) interdisciplinary degree program includes horticulture, crop and soil sciences, entomology, plant pathology and molecular science. You will learn the science and technology used to optimize plant life from molecule to market.

Career Opportunities

  • Retail or Independent Agronomist
  • Seed Marketing or Crop Consultant
  • USDA, WSDA, or University Extension Specialist
  • Crop Insurance Agent
  • Field Researcher
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Quick Facts

$60,000 Average starting salary of Field Crop graduates (, 2023)
100% Engage in research or internships
16:1 Student to faculty ratio
$15k Awarded in scholarships

Major Requirements

Minimum Total Credits: 120 credits

Your program may include different courses. Consult with your advisor about the best combination and order of courses for you. Visit the WSU Catalog for a list of required courses for this major and course descriptions.

UCORE/General Education Requirements: 40 credits

IPS Degree Core Requirements: 30 credits

  • BIOLOGY 106, BIOLOGY 107, or BIOLOGY 120 – 4 credits
  • CHEM 102: Chemistry Related to Life Sciences or CHEM 106: Principles of Chemistry II – 4 credits
  • CROP_SCI/HORT 102: Cultivated Plants – 3 credits
  • CROP_SCI/HORT 202: Crop Growth and Development – 4 credits
  • CROP_SCI 411: [M] Crop Environmental Interactions or HORT 416: Advanced Hort Crop Physiology – 3 credits
  • ENTOM 343: [M] General Entomology – 3 credits
  • ENTOM 351: Ecological & Integrated Pest Management – 3 credits
  • PL_P 300: Diseases of Fruit Crops or PL_P 429: General Plant Pathology – 2–3 credits
  • SOIL_SCI 201: Soil: A Living System – 3 credits

Major Core Requirements: 45 credits

  • MATH 106: College Algebra – 3 credits
  • MATH 108: Trigonometry – 2 credits
  • CROP_SCI 302: Forage Crops – 3 credits
  • CROP_SCI 305: Ecology & Management of Weeds – 3 credits
  • CROP_SCI 403: Advanced Cropping Systems – 3 credits
  • CROP_SCI 412: Seminar – 1 credit
  • ECONS 350: Intro to Farm and Ranch Management or ECONS 352: Business Management Economics – 3 credits
  • SOIL_SCI 202: Introductory Soils Science Lab – 1 credit
  • SOIL_SCI 441: Soil Fertility – 3 credits

Major Electives (decided by the student: 20–22 credits

Electives Outside the Major: 13–22 credits

I have always been passionate about learning new approaches to agriculture. This was the main factor that influenced me to pursue Field Crop Management. This major provided me with valuable knowledge in crop production, plants, soils, and pest management.

Raul Arroyo Rosas, Horticulturist, Price Cold Storage & Packing Co.
Student inspecting wheat in field.