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Are You Ready To Take Your Studies Outside?

You feel most at home when you’re outside, and it just makes sense to take your college education and future career outside with you. Whether you’re studying the tiniest cells that make up the leaves of a plant, designing better camping gear, creating beautiful and functional landscapes, evaluating soils or growing better crops, you can put your love of nature to good use with one of these degrees.

Degrees for the Great Outdoors



Outdoor Product Design and Development

Outdoor Product Design and Development

Prepare to develop and create innovative outdoor products with sustainability in mind. The degree incorporates soft goods and hard goods creating lucrative designers.

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

This major focuses on applying economic principles and the efficient allocation of natural resources such as minerals, oil and natural gas.

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Develop your abilities to envision and design the places that define communities, such as parks, gardens and campuses.

Plant Science

Plant Science

Learn to manage and produce the plants that are critical to the success of the agricultural industry.

Climate Science

Climate Science

Climate scientists study the atmosphere, land and water and how their interactions impact life around the globe.

Residential Landscape Design and Construction

Residential Landscape Design and Construction

Students in this program learn about the design, construction and maintenance of residential and small-scale commercial landscapes.

Plant Science

Land, Plant and Climate Systems

Explore the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring at the Earth’s surface.

Natural Resource Economics

Natural Resource Economics (MS)

This degree focuses on economic aspects of solving environmental problems and developing sound natural resource management policies and practices.

Plant Science

Horticulture (MPSH)

Learn to design, construct and maintain water-efficient landscapes.

Plant Science

Toxicology (MS, PhD)

Focus your research on the important study of the effects of harmful chemicals with support from multiple departments.

Bioregional Planning (MS)

Bioregional Planning (MS)

This graduate degree is designed to prepare future planners to analyze resources in order to make planning decisions for changing communities.

Plant Science

Plant Science (MS, PhD)

Work closely with faculty to study the biology, genetics, and management of plants and other issues related to agricultural and horticultural production.

Climate Science (MS, PhD)

Climate Science (MS, PhD)

Climate scientists study atmosphere, land, and the water cycle and how they interact.

Ecology (MS, PhD)

Ecology (MS, PhD)

Ecologists study the relationships between organisms and their past, present and future environments.

Soil Science

Soil Science (MS, PhD)

Do research in the important fields of maintaining high-quality soil. USU is especially recognized for its work in water-related issues and digital soil mapping.

Ornamental Horticulture

Ornamental Horticulture (Certificate, AAS)

Students of ornamental horticulture study growing and arranging ornamental plants and how to use them to design and maintain landscapes.