Every four years the Applied Plant Science Department has a change in leadership. On August 1, 2015 a new department chair was officially announced. We are excited to have Nels Hansen now serving as our leader.
Brother Hansen is an Idaho native, growing up in the farmlands of Weiser and then coming to Ricks College. He completed the rest of his collegiate work at BYU and Texas A&M. His first teaching job was at OSU at the AgTech Institute where he taught crop and soils science for eight years. Brother Hansen then made it back to Rexburg and began teaching at BYU-Idaho in fall 2013. He and his wife of 15 years, Christina, have seven children ages 14, 12, 12, 10, 10, 8, and 3. Yes, two sets of twins! The Hansen family enjoys hiking and spending time outside.
During the next four years, Bro. Hansen wants to work toward creating more opportunities for students to apply what is learned during class. He would like to see more students engaged on the campus farm, greenhouse, and gardens, and each plant science program to collaborate with other departments on campus in order give students a more meaningful learning experience. This would also inform more students outside of our department why the field of plant science is crucial to making the world a better place as it addresses some challenging global issues such as food production and nutrition. By giving our current students more occasions to learn outside of the classroom, Bro. Hansen hopes that the Applied Plant Science Department will continue to grow and gain the interest of more students within the university.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.