Choosing a Degree

 

The Department of Horticulture offers a Bachelor of Science degree with four areas of focus for you to choose from:

 

SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURE

This concentration introduces the principles and practices of horticulture sustainability. Sustainability is a multidisciplinary approach to the study and management of natural resources, economic systems, built environments and human culture to support today’s society without jeopardizing future society’s ability to meet their own needs. Courses can range from horticulture, economics, environmental science, sociology, and landscape architecture. Graduates with this concentration can seek careers in local and regional resource management and planning, private industry, public service, and consulting.

Course Requirements: (120 Total Hours)

37-47 hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences
26-28 hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology
18 hours Horticulture Electives
Sustainable and Organic Horticulture, Professional Landscape Management, Turf Integrated Pest Management
12 hours Discipline-related Electives
Sustainable Landscape Practices, Plants and Environmental Restoration, Environmental Soil and      Water Conservation, Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycling, Soil Fertility, Foundations of Sustainability, Applications of Sustainability
15-27 hours General Electives
This section gives you the freedom to choose from courses across the university that further your career goals. If you have college courses to transfer in, they can transfer here.

 

 

LANDSCAPE AND ORNAMENTALS

This concentration will teach the student principles of ornamental plant production, plant materials, landscape design, landscape installation and construction, and landscape management. Graduates with this concentration have a variety of career options including greenhouse and nursery production, landscape design and installation, residential and commercial landscape management or other areas of ornamental horticulture including public gardening or industry-related sales and consulting.

 Course Requirements: (120 Total Hours)

 37-47 hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic  Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History  or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences
26-28 hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology
 18 hours Horticulture Electives
Turfgrass Management, Woody Landscape Plants, Herbaceous and Indoor Plants, Professional Landscape Management, and Practical Landscape Planning
12 hours Discipline-related Electives
Horticultural Crop Physiology, Sustainable Nursery Production, Small Power Units and Turf Equipment with lab, Surveying in Agriculture and Forestry, and Irrigation
15-27 hours General Electives
This section gives you the freedom to choose from courses across the university that further your career goals. If you have college courses to transfer in, they can transfer here.

 

 

CROP PRODUCTION

This concentration introduces growing, harvesting, and processing of vegetable, fruit, and ornamental/landscape crops. Both traditional field and nursery production systems and hydroponic systems are studied in this concentration. Graduates in this concentration  have career opportunities in large-scale  vegetable  and fruit production including hydroponic  systems, ornamental plant production, tissue culture labs, hydroponic  greenhouses, and sales/consulting.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (120 TOTAL HOURS)

37-47 hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic  Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History  or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences
26-28 hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology
18 hours Horticulture Electives
Introduction to Turf Management, Vegetable Crops, Fruit Production Science, Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture Lab, Greenhouse Crops Production with lab.
12 hours Discipline-related Electives
Horticultural Crop Physiology, Nursery Management, Horticulture Special Problems
15-27 hours General Electives
This section gives you the freedom to choose from courses across the university that further your career goals. If you have college courses to transfer in, they can transfer here.

 

 

TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION WITH MINOR IN AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS

This concentration is ideal for students who enjoy working outdoors and also enjoy an association with golf courses, sports teams, commercial or residential lawns, or public  green spaces. Students concentrating in turfgrass management may complete an agricultural business minor, along with their degree requirements.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (120 TOTAL HOURS)

37-47 hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic  Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History  or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences
26-28 hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology
18 hours Horticulture Electives
Turfgrass Management, Woody Landscape Plants, Turfgrass Management Laboratory, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Rootzone Management for Golf and Sports Turf, Golf Course Operations, Turf Integrated  Pest Management
12 hours Discipline-related Electives
Plants in the Home Environment, Small Power Units and Turf Equipment with lab, Agribusiness, Agribusiness Financial Records and Irrigation
18 hours in Agricultural Business