Plants, Pests, and People

Plants, Pests, and People: Agronomy/Horticulture careers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Interested in learning more about plants and pests and educating others about them? Want to work with landscape or greenhouse plants, crops, or turf, keeping them healthy by applying good integrated pest management principles? You can explore many scientific careers in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture! Check out the links below to learn more!

Agronomy and Horticulture Department
This site tells more about fields within Agronomy and Horticulture and includes links to information about potential careers, areas of study, student clubs, and applying for admission.

  • Agronomy: Be a crop consultant, farmer, extension educator, lab researcher, or soil conservationist! See what many careers await you with a degree in agronomy!
  • Horticulture: Always wanted to run a greenhouse or nursery? How about be a floral or landscape designer? How about working at a vineyard? One of these exciting careers can be yours with a degree in horticulture!
  • Plant Biology: Want to engineer genetically altered plants that are resistant to pests? Want to work with the environment, do plant research, or study plant ecology? You can be on your way with a degree in plant biology!
  • Turfgrass and Landscape Management: Have you always wanted to manage a golf course or sports turf...keeping those pesky weeds out of a perfect green lawn? Want to manage an arboretum? How about running your own lawn care business? You could do any of these things with a degree in turfgrass and landscape management!

Agronomy and Horticulture Career Videos
This YouTube page includes "Green Grad" videos that showcase professions of agronomy and horticulture graduates, and "Investigating Scenes of Crime," a CSI spoof that features scientists using the skills they have learned in soil science, plant disease, weed science, entomology, and toxicology to solve crimes.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
This site gives more information about CASNR programs of study, student, faculty and alumni highlights, and links to request more information or schedule a campus visit.