Plant Life

Are you fascinated by the diversity of plants? Perhaps you are curious about the relationships between plants, soils, and the climates of the world. Are you interested in sustainable food production, and how to make soils more productive? Maybe you want to learn how selective breeding can improve the nutrition of crops. Or maybe you’re interested in cultivating flowers or in landscape design. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has the majors that will inspire, challenge, and put you in the lead of these popular fields.

Imagine having an internship at one of the most well-known sports fields in the world. See yourself in a class taught by the faculty who mapped the maize genome.  Test your knowledge of plants against other students from across the country. At Iowa State, these adventures are just the start of what you can do.

Agronomy, genetics, horticulture, and forestry are just some of the majors that provide you knowledge of plant life. View the full list of majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Student Stories

  • Raegan Hoefler

    Maize on Mars

    Raegan drew inspiration from a movie for her genetics research project. Read how she worked with a professor and NASA to see if maize would grow on Mars.