Plant Protection studies both the basic and applied aspects of insect pests, plant diseases, and weeds. It includes courses emphasizing recognition of pests and strategies for pest management compatible with agriculture and the environment. The major builds from a foundation of basic laboratory and lecture courses, like biology and chemistry. From there, students move into more specific courses in entomology and plant science, including plant pathology, genetics, botany, and soil science.
A degree in Plant Protection, combined with good experience and strong academics, can lead you to a variety of careers - from the lab to the field. Companies like DuPont, AgrEvo, Monsanto, AstraZeneca and many more hire Plant Protection graduates for positions in pest management, field consulting, sales, and research. While some students enter the workforce right after college, others choose to further their education in graduate school, studying subjects such as plant pathology, entomology, integrated pest management, weed science and agronomy. Whatever your goal, we encourage you to participate in internships, job search workshops and career days; to develop your communication skills; and to learn to network with prospective employers.
For more information on any of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources majors, contact the Office of Academic Programs at (302) 831-2508 or stop by 104 Townsend Hall.
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