Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Horticulture Major

Horticulture is the art and science of propagating, producing, and marketing of greenhouse, nursery, fruit, and vegetable crops.  Students in horticulture study the physiology, culture, harvesting, quality control, sales and utilization, such as landscape placement, of horticultural crops.  Horticulture prepares students for careers as greenhouse and nursery managers, landscape contractors, supply company representatives, state and federal nursery inspectors, and educators in public gardens, schools and extension. 

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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

Required Courses
GEF 1, 5, 6, and 715
ANRD 191First-Year Seminar1
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
MATH 124Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)3
PLSC 105Plants and People: Past and Present3
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
AGRN 202Principles of Soil Science3
AGRN 203Principles of Soil Science Laboratory1
AGRN 410Soil Fertility3
Select one of the following (GEF 4):3
Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics
Principles of Microeconomics (And any 3 credit ARE course)
ARE 204Agribusiness Management3
BIOL 350Plant Physiology4
ENTO 404Principles of Entomology4
GEN 101Beginner's Guide-Genetics3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science4
PPTH 401General Plant Pathology4
Required Horticulture Courses
HORT 220General Horticulture3
HORT 260Woody Plant Materials3
or HORT 262 Herbaceous Plant Materials
HORT 330Plant Propagation3
HORT 444Handling and Storage of Horticultural Crops3
HORT 445Greenhouse Management3
HORT 480Case Studies in Horticulture (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)3
Select one of the following:3
Professional Field Experience
Independent Study
and Western European Gardens, Landscapes and Architecture
Senior Thesis
Horticulture Electives (Students may specialize in the following options if desired)15
Option 1: Specialty Crop Production
Principles of Weed Science
Garden Center Management
Vegetable Crops
Special Topics
Independent Study
Organic Crop Production
Option 2: Landscape and Turf Management
Turfgrass Management
Principles of Weed Science
Urban Tree and Shrub Health
Woody Plant Materials
Herbaceous Plant Materials
Special Topics
History of Landscape Architecture
Option 3: Public Horticulture
Group Organization and Leadership
Agricultural and Natural Resource Communications
Plant Diversity
Urban Tree and Shrub Health
Woody Plant Materials
Herbaceous Plant Materials
Special Topics
History of Landscape Architecture
Option 4: Plant Health Management
Principles of Weed Science
Pest Management
Forest Pest Management
Urban Tree and Shrub Health
Special Topics
Independent Study
Special Topics
Independent Study
Option 5: Plant Science
Plant Diversity
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course
Principles of Genetics
Elementary Statistical Inference
Special Topics
Independent Study
Special Topics
Independent Study
Option 6: Entrrereneurship/Ag Business
Agribusiness Accounting
Agricultural and Natural Resources Law
Rural Enterprise Development
Agribusiness Finance
Survey of Economics
Survey of Accounting
Survey of Business Law
Survey of Entrepreneurship
Survey of Business Planning
Entrepreneurship in Action
Free Electives10
Total Hours120

suggested plan of study

First Year
ANRD 1911BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 8)
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 8)
4PLSC 2064 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEF 53 
MATH 124 (GEF 3)3Free Elective3 
PLSC 1053  
 14 14
Second Year
A&VS 2514AGRN 2023 
CHEM 111 (GEF 2)4AGRN 2031 
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3CHEM 112 (GEF 8)4 
HORT 2203HORT 3303 
 ARE 150 (GEF 4)3 
 14 14
Third Year
BIOL 3504ARE 2043HORT 4913
ENTO 4044GEF 63 
GEN 1013GEF 73 
HORT 2603Option course 23 
Option course 13Free Elective3 
 17 15 3
Fourth Year
AGRN 4103HORT 4803 
HORT 4443HORT 4453 
PPTH 4014Option course 43 
Option course 33Option course 53 
 Free Elective4 
 13 16
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Outcomes


The learning outcomes of the horticulture programs are centered around mastering skills that will allow students to take on leadership functions and roles in all facets of horticulture. The horticulture program trains students to not only manage horticultural plant materials but also to lead inter- and multi-disciplinary teams to solve current and future problems in the production, marketing, and use of horticultural crops.

Upon completion of the major the students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities in areas such as:

    • Basic business concepts

    • Integrated Pest Management (weed science, entomology, plant pathology)

    • Genetics

    • Plant physiology

    • Soil science

    • Microbiology

    • Agrochemistry

  • Develop and implement sustainable and profitable production plans, systems and uses

  • Analyze methods to improve productivity and efficiency of horticultural and green industry operations

  • Be aware of and engage in current issues and people in horticultural production, landscaping, public green space, sustainability, and livable spaces

  • Communicate professionally (written and oral) and demonstrating mastery of interpersonal communication skills necessary to lead and engage diverse and interdisciplinary teams

HORT 184. Trees and Shrubs. 2 Hours.

Identification, description, adaptability, culture, and evolution of selected woody plant materials with emphasis on their use as landscape materials.

HORT 187. Introduction to Greenhouse/Nursery Management. 4 Hours.

PR: Two semesters of inorganic chemistry and HORT 200 or consent. Greenhouse and nursery as a controlled plant environment. How to regulate factors influencing plant growth and development within specialized environments of greenhouses and Pot' n Poot nuseries.

HORT 220. General Horticulture. 3 Hours.

PR: BIOL 101 and BIOL 103 or consent. Principles underlying present-day horticulture practice with special emphasis on how basic discoveries in plant science have been applied in horticulture.

HORT 251. Floral Design. 3 Hours.

Basic course in flower arrangement to cover occasions for the home and retail flower shop.

HORT 260. Woody Plant Materials. 3 Hours.

PR: BIOL 101 and BIOL 103 or equiv. Common ornamental woody plants, their identification, cultural needs, and evaluation of use; some outdoor study and a one-day nursery trip. (2 - 3 hr. lab.).

HORT 262. Herbaceous Plant Materials. 3 Hours.

Identification, description, adaptability, and evaluation of selected herbaceous annuals and perennials with emphasis on their use as design elements.

HORT 293. Special Topics. 0-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

HORT 298. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

Independent reading, study, or research.

HORT 310. Vines to Wines. 3 Hours.

Introduction and overview of the principles underlying present-day grape and wine production with special emphasis on origins, botany, appreciation, historical and cultural significance.

HORT 315. Seed to Weed: Unpotting the Plant. 3 Hours.

This course encourages discussion and discourse on the cultivation and uses of cannabis by exposing students to the history, laws and regulation, health effects, environmental issues, growing and marketing of cannabis and cannabis products.

HORT 330. Plant Propagation. 3 Hours.

PR: PLSC 206 or consent. Study of practices of plant propagation and factors involved in reproduction in plants.

HORT 360. Landscape Management. 3 Hours.

PR: (HORT 220 and HORT 260 and HORT 262) or consent. Introduction to basic landscape management principles and practices including landscape design, installation and maintenance.

HORT 441. Garden Center Management. 3 Hours.

PR: PLSC 206 and HORT 220 or consent. Principles of the operation and management of nursery, garden center, and landscape installation businesses with an emphasis on current issues.

HORT 443. Vegetable Crops. 3 Hours.

PR: PLSC 206 or consent. Botanical and ecological characteristics influencing the production of vegetable crops. (One three-day field trip required.).

HORT 444. Handling and Storage of Horticultural Crops. 3 Hours.

PR: PLSC 206 and CHEM 116. Characteristics of perishable crops. Methods and materials used to maintain quality.

HORT 445. Greenhouse Management. 3 Hours.

PR: Two semesters of inorganic chemistry and HORT 220 or consent. Greenhouse as a controlled plant environment. How to regulate factors influencing plant growth and development within specialized environments of greenhouses.

HORT 480. Case Studies in Horticulture. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Capstone course for the horticulture major. The main goal of the course is to develop independent thinkers and professionals in the field of horticulture. The course emphasizes data and information gathering, vetting of sources and resources used in problem solving, and the formation of concise and logical arguments to help analyze and solve from simple to complex problems.

HORT 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

HORT 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

HORT 493. Special Topics. 0-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

HORT 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

HORT 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

HORT 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

HORT 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.