WSU student surrounded by hanging plants in greenhouse.
Integrated Plant Sciences

Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management

Students learn the propagation and production of horticultural plants as well as the maintenance of urban and community landscapes.

Explore the Possibilities

Through hands-on experiences in green-houses, gardens, and internships, you will learn to apply principles presented in your classes to real-world situations.

By working with interior plants, bedding plants, and trees and shrubs, you will develop a firm understanding of the relationship between plants, landscapes, people, and the environment.

IPS Degree

The Integrated Plant Sciences 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

  • Nursery or Greenhouse Owner
  • Foresty/Restoration Nursery Specialist
  • Horticulturist
  • Plant Propagator
  • Landscape Designer
  • Grower
  • Researcher
  • Arboretum, Botanic/Public Gardens, or Conservatory Specialist
  • Curator

Quick Facts

$45-65k+ Average starting salary of LNGM graduates (, 2022)
100% Engage in research or internships
16:1 Student to faculty ratio
$32k Awarded in scholarships in 2023-24

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: 30 credits

  • HORT 330: Landscape Plants for Urban and Comm. Environments – 3 credits
  • HORT 331: Landscape Plant Installation and Management – 3 credits
  • HORT 351: Plant Propagation – 4 credits
  • HORT 357 + 358: Greenhouse Management + Lab – 3 + 1 credits
  • HORT 399: Professional Work/Research Experience – 1 credit
  • SOIL_SCI 441: Soil Fertility or AFS/SOILS 302: [M] Intro to Agroecology – 3 credits
  • Horticulture Electives – 9 credits
  • Advanced Plant Science Electives – 6 credits

Electives Outside the Major: 13–22 credits

I chose WSU because I knew I wanted to be involved in agriculture and WSU has so many great ag majors. After seeing the greenhouse and meeting some of the instructors when I toured campus, I knew LNGM was the right major for me.

Brittany Bovenkamp, Greenhouse Grower, Northwest Plant Company