Horticulture - BS

This degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for production, management and marketing of horticulture and floriculture crops or designing and building residential or small scale commercial landscapes. This degree also offers students with strong interests in science and/or technology opportunities in research related fields including preparation for graduate studies. Career prospects range from producing specialty crops such as local foods for upscale restaurants, controlled environment crop production, managing landscape businesses for growing communities, designing sustainable residential landscapes of the future, working with clientele in botanic and community gardens to enhance urban environments, to growing and marketing fruits and vegetables for healthier lifestyles. Many former students are self-employed, owning their own horticultural crop production, greenhouse, nursery or landscape operation. Others work in upper management of large corporations; facilitate implementation and development of new products and production services; serve in educational institutions, government agencies, or community service organizations; or travel the world developing and marketing future horticultural crops.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 101
Botany
or Introductory Biology I
4
HORT 281 Horticulture as a Profession. 1
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Mathematics (MATH or STAT prefix required) 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
HORT 201 Horticultural Science and Practices 3
HORT 202 Horticultural Science and Practices Laboratory 1
Communication 3
Creative arts 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Mathematics (MATH or STAT prefix required) 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENTO 201 General Entomology 3
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
American history 3
Government/Political science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 222
Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry
or Organic Chemistry I
3
HORT 326 Plant Propagation 3
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Heredity  
Genetics of Plants  
Biomedical Genetics  
Plant Breeding  
Plant Breeding and Genetics  
Directed electives 1,2 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
HORT 315 Issues in Horticulture 3 3
SCSC 301 Soil Science 4
Horticultural Crop Production 3
Select one of the following:
 
Fruit and Nut Production  
Vegetable Crop Production  
Nut Culture  
Viticulture and Small Fruit Culture  
Concepts of Wine Production  
Tropical Horticulture  
Nursery Production and Management  
Plant Identification/Characterization 3
Select one of the following:
 
Trees and Shrubs for Sustainable Built Environments  
Plants for Sustainable Landscapes  
Directed electives 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
MEPS 313 Introduction to Plant Physiology 3
PLPA 301 Plant Pathology 3
PLPA 303 Plant Pathology Laboratory 1
Horticulture Crop Production 3
Select one of the following:
 
Landscape Maintenance and Construction  
International Floriculture Marketing  
Greenhouse Technology & Sustainable Crop Production Systems  
Nursery Production and Management  
Landscape Estimating, Bidding, and Operations  
Directed electives 1,2 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
HORT 481 Seminar 4 2
Horticulture Elective 3
 
American history 3
Directed electives 1,2 6
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
High Impact Learning 1
Select one of the following:
 
Field Studies in Horticulture  
Internship  
Directed Studies  
Research  
Horticulture Elective 3
 
Communication 3
Directed electives 1,2 6
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120