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.
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.
People are constantly looking for new ways to enjoy outdoor experiences, and the equipment they use plays an important role in their safety, comfort and performance. The outdoor recreation industry has a high demand for people with innovative ideas and the training to make them a reality. Focusing on studio experiences and hands-on courses, this degree will help you enter the exciting industry of outdoor recreation products. The skills needed to design and develop outdoor products are diverse, so coursework combines elements of engineering, recreation, sustainability, design, business and other concepts to prepare you for success in the field.
Top industry leaders are eager to associate with our students, giving you opportunities to develop connections before entering the workforce. With the outdoor recreation industry continuously growing and proving a strong outlook for employment opportunities, this degree is sure to be a pathway to success.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Develop your abilities to envision and design the places that define communities, such as parks, gardens and campuses.
Landscape architects analyze the ways people interact with the world around them, and how natural environments interact with built environments. This degree will provide you with the creative and technical skills needed to design and protect the spaces that define communities, such as parks, campuses, streetscapes, and plazas. You will benefit from hands-on learning and work experience with real clients. Outstanding faculty members combine their teaching, research and professional knowledge with exceptional experience to prepare future landscape architects for exciting and successful careers.
Professors plan yearly trips focused on providing students with opportunities to connect with landscape architecture professionals from across the country and around the world. These connections can be valuable as you establish yourself as a successful landscape architect. Landscape architects find career opportunities in city planning, urban redevelopment, park planning, public garden design and may work for government agencies, companies, or design firms.
Residential Landscape Design and Construction
Students in this program learn about the design, construction and maintenance of residential and small-scale commercial landscapes.
Students who enjoy working with their hands in an outdoor environment will find a home in this program. With a balance of landscape horticulture and landscape design, you will receive a well-rounded education that incorporates coursework from plant sciences, chemistry, biology, soil science, design and construction. You will not only develop an eye for the aesthetics of landscapes, but also the technical skills needed to install and maintain them.
Businesses seeking to make a positive visual impact with their outdoor space will be eager to hire you to design and maintain their landscape. Students from this program often find employment at nurseries, greenhouses and private residences. If you want to be your own boss someday, this program can also prepare you to own or manage a landscaping company.
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.
Students in this program learn environmental policy, natural resource science and ecology as they blend their desire to improve the environment with the economic wants and needs of society.
This program prepares students for career opportunities with government agencies dealing with environmental and economic issues, private firms with environmental interests, non-profit organizations and conservation initiatives; all exciting places to take your career. Additionally, this program is an excellent step toward graduate studies in environmental economics or as preparation for law school or graduate work in public administration.
Learn to manage and produce the plants that are critical to the success of the agricultural industry.
Customize your education in plant science by choosing an emphasis in either horticulture (growing fruits, vegetables and flowers) and cropping systems or research. The horticulture and cropping systems emphasis is designed for those who are interested in applying their knowledge to crop production in the field, nursery, orchard or greenhouse. Through coursework, you will get hands-on experience producing safe, affordable and nutritious food. The research emphasis prepares students to enter graduate school. In this emphasis, students participate in hands-on research and gain knowledge to develop new, plant- related technologies and innovative methods of food production.
A degree in plant science is ideal for people interested in sustainable agriculture. Depending on the emphasis you choose, you will study biology, chemistry, plant production and management, soil science and biotechnology. All students have opportunities to get hands-on experience working side-by-side with faculty research scientists in laboratories, greenhouses and fields. Career opportunities include positions with agricultural research companies, jobs in state, local and national government and owning or managing farms and other production operations.
Land, Plant and Climate Systems
Explore the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring at the Earth’s surface.
This degree is focused on sustainability and helps students develop an understanding of current and potential environmental issues. Studying the interactions between soils, plants and the atmosphere will equip you with the skills to evaluate urban and rural land use questions, understand agricultural ecology, manage soil and water resources, and understand issues of climate change and soil nutrient cycling. You will have opportunities to work alongside professors in the lab and in the field to gain valuable research experience.
Students can choose to emphasize either environmental soil science, sustainable food production or applied climatology. You will be prepared for a career as a farmer with a sustainable operation, soil scientist, conservationist, resource manager, water quality specialist, sports field manager, environmental consultant and more. Wherever you decide to take your career, you can play a role in ensuring that high-quality soil and clean water are available to current and future generations.
Climate scientists study the atmosphere, land and water and how their interactions impact life around the globe.
The study of Earth’s climate is the best way to inform and prepare society for future endeavors in agriculture, conservation and emergency preparedness. The purpose of this degree is to train the next generation of global leaders in climate and climate change sciences. In this program, you will begin understanding and measuring how atmosphere, soil, and water interact, and you will apply that understanding to practical issues related to climate change. With expert professors who continue to work on cutting-edge climate research projects, you will have a thorough education incorporating the newest climate science information available.
Climate scientists assess climate risk, inform decision makers, work with policy makers and provide climate information to private and public sectors. With this degree, you will be prepared to accept positions with environmental and climate consulting firms, planning departments and government agencies as you address the climate issues that affect the world. Since climate scientists tackle problems that affect the entire globe, this program was designed with an international component in mind. Students can spend up to a full year in Taiwan attending classes, gaining credits, exploring and making connections with other future climate scientists.
Natural Resource Economics (MS)
This degree focuses on economic aspects of solving environmental problems and developing sound natural resource management policies and practices.
The Department of Applied Economics gives students opportunities to learn about economic theory, managerial economics, and economic policy as it relates to natural resources. You will study environmental policy, natural science and ecology as you blend your desire to improve the environment with the economic wants and needs of societies. As this is an applied degree, you will participate in hands-on education opportunities necessary in today’s competitive workforce.
Bioregional Planning (MS)
This graduate degree is designed to prepare future planners to analyze resources in order to make planning decisions for changing communities.
In this program, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of environmental, cultural and economic resources and how to use those resources to make appropriate planning decisions. This program focuses on applying knowledge to the real world, even before you graduate. You’ll work directly with community decision makers, and your academic activities will make tangible and beneficial contributions.
This program is jointly administered by the departments of Environment and Society and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, providing an interdisciplinary education. The combination of formal class work, seminars, special courses, hands-on experiences and workshops prepare you to address the complex issues of bioregional planning and management.
Climate Science (MS, PhD)
Climate scientists study atmosphere, land, and the water cycle and how they interact.
The study of Earth’s climate is the best way to inform and prepare society for future endeavors in agriculture, conservation and emergency preparedness. The climate science graduate program at USU focuses on climate variability, prediction/attribution, land surface processes, paleoclimate, and exchanges between land ecosystems and the atmosphere.
With expert professors who conduct cutting-edge climate research, you will gain a thorough education incorporating the most current climate science information and methods. This degree will prepare you for positions with environmental and climate consulting firms, planning departments and government agencies as you address climate issues that affect people and landscapes around the world.
Ecology (MS, PhD)
Ecologists study the relationships between organisms and their past, present and future environments.
An in-depth understanding of how organisms interact with their environment is vital to understanding the changing nature of our planet. This program takes a multidisciplinary approach, with coursework covering topics in biology, society, climate, soils, plants and natural resources.
You will connect with influential faculty members, many who are known nationally and worldwide as premier ecologists. These connections will help you pursue careers with government agencies, private consulting firms, and prestigious post-doctoral programs, research careers, or faculty positions at universities around the world.
Learn to design, construct and maintain water-efficient landscapes.
This online, professional, graduate degree addresses the need for landscapes that are designed to conserve water. The courses build students’ skills and expertise in all aspects of landscape water conservation. You will gain a thorough understanding of plant science, irrigation technologies, landscape design and human behavior related to landscape use and maintenance.
As a graduate of the only professional master’s degree focused on urban landscape water conservation, your skills will be in high demand. Your future career could involve water conservation with government agencies, private consulting, or designing and maintaining landscapes.
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.
USU is home to the only agriculturally focused plant science degrees in the state. The plant science graduate degrees are centered on the biology, genetics, and management of plants and other issues related to agricultural and horticultural production. In particular, USU’s plant science programs focus on regional issues pertaining to the West and current environmental issues, such as the management of invasive weed species, specifically the weed problems of the Intermountain West, and the challenges of organic and sustainable agriculture in the West’s arid climate.
Each graduate student in the department follows a unique and completely customized plan of study. Students work closely with faculty on research projects and receive individual attention and mentoring as they complete their research. Students can focus their research in a variety of areas as they develop solutions to current problems. Those areas may include environmental plant physiology, genetics, molecular biology, plant breeding, crop production, sustainable and organic crop and forage production systems, weed science, urban landscape management, and water management in agricultural and horticultural crops, including turf and other ornamentals.
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.
USU is the only university in the state that offers degrees in soil science. The graduate programs in soil science are concerned with the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of the soil. This program is particularly strong in water-related issues, especially regional issues involving water and irrigation in the West. In particular, USU boasts unique and renown areas concentrating on digital soil mapping which aids in flood prediction, land restoration, using state-of-the-art environmental sensors to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, and tracking contaminant transport through soils caused by mountain snowmelt.
Students are able to focus their research on solving current issues and problems in areas including soil and water chemistry/biogeochemistry, soil biology and ecology, soils and nutrient bioavailability, environmental soil physics, soil and water management, soil genesis, morphology, and classification, and sustainable agroecosystems. Soil scientists fill the gap between engineers, geologists, and ecologists, and play a major role in ensuring that high-quality soil and water are available to current and future generations.
Toxicology (MS, PhD)
Focus your research on the important study of the effects of harmful chemicals with support from multiple departments.
Study the effects of harmful chemicals. Your research can involve many areas of toxicology, but USU especially excels in the following two:
Molecular and Biomedical Toxicology: Research how external agents affect the genetic structure of cells. Toxicologists at USU are developing research on the genomics of disease, cancer prevention, the mechanisms of air pollution, and more.
Environmental Toxicology: Study toxins that affect the environment. Do research that aims to restore ecosystems, remove toxic waste, and reduce human and animal exposure to environmental toxins. Additionally, USU scientists were among the first to use a naturally occurring fungus to digest and detoxify chemical waste.
Ornamental Horticulture (Certificate, AAS)
Students of ornamental horticulture study growing and arranging ornamental plants and how to use them to design and maintain landscapes.
If you have a green thumb (or want to develop one) and an eye for design, then ornamental horticulture could be right for you. This program prepares you with a thorough understanding of how specific plants respond to different climates and growing conditions. Using these skills, you will be able to plan and create beautiful and interesting outdoor spaces.
This program, which is offered as both a certificate and an associate’s degree, prepares you for work in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses and floral shops, or as a groundskeeper for golf courses, school districts, cities and more. Whether you are looking for a full-time career in ornamental horticulture or you want to learn more about horticulture as a hobby, this degree or certificate is for you.