David Graper, Coordinator
Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory 254A
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The Horticulture major is designed to prepare students for careers in nursery production, local food production, landscape, tree management, garden center operation, greenhouse production, or for entry into research and graduate study in horticulture. Greenhouse facilities and extensive field plots in woody and herbaceous ornamentals, fruit, and vegetables provide students with the opportunity to experience all aspects of plant production and management.
The Horticulture Major offers four areas of emphasis. Students with an interest in:
- Crop management and production technologies of greenhouse, nursery, turf, fruit, or vegetable crops can tailor their program of studies using the Production Emphasis.
- Careers in managing nurseries, landscape maintenance, arboriculture, garden centers or greenhouse businesses should follow the Business Emphasis.
- Careers in food crop production and marketing should follow the Food Crop Emphasis.
- Pursuing a graduate degree or laboratory science career should follow the Science Emphasis.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Horticulture major, students will:
- demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic horticultural principles and practices: propagation, pest management, production, maintenance, and business practices;
- demonstrate a fundamental understanding of local food production principles and practices;
- demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use, and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes;
- demonstrate a fundamental understanding of container media, media development, blending, and preparation;
- achieve a fundamental understanding of the scope, activities, and processes in the field of Local Food Production practices;
- demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate (written, listening, and oral) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences;
- be an advocate for Horticulture and Agriculture in society; and
- be a lifelong learner.
Course Delivery Format
Students learn through hands-on and face-to-face learning in lecture, laboratory, and field-based experiences.
Requirements for Horticulture Major: 120 Credits
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
System General Education Requirements
College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Requirements: 11
Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1 courses in Agriculture . Some departments require specific courses from the list, whereas others leave the selection entirely to the student and the advisor.
System General Education Requirements and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Please review major requirements and the Group 1 list to determine if additional courses are required.
It is recommended that students select from one set of technical electives. Select 15 credits from the following lists:
Students with an interest in nursery management, landscape maintenance, arboriculture, or garden center or greenhouse business should follow the Business Emphasis. Credits: 15
Food Crop Emphasis
Students with an interest in food crop production and marketing should follow the Food Crop Emphasis. Credits: 15
Students interested in crop management and production technologies of greenhouse, nursery, turf, fruit, or vegetable crops can tailor their program of studies using the Production curriculum. Credits: 15
Students with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree or laboratory science career should follow the Science Emphasis. Credits: 15
Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.
Total Required Credits: 120
† Modules must be different than those used to satisfy core curriculum.
†† It is recommended that students take no more than 6 credits of HO/AST courses in developing a plan of study for the Business Emphasis.