Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Horticulture is the science of production, processing, and marketing of fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and nursery crops. Students will study physiology, culture, harvest, quality control, sales and utilization of horticulture crops.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students to become employed as orchard managers, vegetable farmers, greenhouse managers, landscape contractors, golf course managers, park horticulturists, seed and supply representatives, and state and federal nursery inspectors.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5, 6, or 7)3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8)
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8)
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 112Survey of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
or CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (eq. WVUE 191)1
AGRL 112Professions in Agriculture1
ARE 150Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics (GEF 4)3
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
Principles of Soil Science
and Principles of Soil Science Laboratory
ARE 204Agribusiness Management3
HORT 220General Horticulture3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 8)4
Tracks (Select one of the following):6
Agribusiness Accounting
Elementary Statistical Inference
Woody Plant Materials
Herbaceous Plant Materials
Environmental Protection
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory
Environmental Geoscience
and Environmental Geoscience Laboratory
Elementary Statistical Inference
Agribusiness Accounting
Survey of Economics
Survey of Accounting
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 8)
4BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 8)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3AGRL 1121
 ARE 2043
 HORT 2203
 GEF 5, 6, or 73
AGRL 111 (eq. WVUe 191)1 
Track Course3 
 14 17
Second Year
CHEM 111 (GEF 2)4CHEM 112 (GEF 8)4
PLSC 206 (GEF 8)4AGRN 202
AGRN 203
ARE 150 (GEF 4)3A&VS 2514
Track Course3AGEE 110 or CS 1013
 14 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals


  • Diagnose and solve horticultural problems through the mastery of basic business concepts, a thorough understanding of genetics, plant physiology, plant pathology, soil science, microbiology, and entomology, and a demonstrated ability to manage and lead interdisciplinary teams
  • Develop and implement sustainable and profitable horticultural production plans, systems, and uses to improve productivity and efficiency of horticultural and green industry operations
  • Formulate answers to horticultural production, landscaping, and public green space problems in ways that fosters long term productivity, sustainability, and livable spaces



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed.D.
    West Virginia University

Associate professor

  • Dr. Donna Ballard - Ph.D.
    West Virginia University