Horticulture Requirements

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The horticulture major is administered through the Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems department. The horticulture program includes three specialized areas of study.

The primary purpose of this major is: to provide specialized academic preparation in the different content areas of production horticulture, to provide the skills required for landscape design, construction and maintenance, and to provide the technical skills needed for professional turf management.

Production Horticulture Specialization. This specialization provides the student with the background and preparation for careers in production horticulture including vegetable, fruit and ornamental production, viticulture, garden center, greenhouse and nursery production, and tissue culture and propagation methodologies. Students may choose a general option within the department and select their upper division elective credits from a wide choice of courses throughout the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University. If interests are more specialized, students may elect the science option and specialize in a specific discipline.

Landscape Horticulture Specialization. Students selecting this specialization can prepare for interesting careers in landscaping parks, playgrounds, residential or industrial areas, road and street parkway improvement and maintenance to make the environment more pleasing and useful.

Turf Management Specialization. This specialization is intended for students interested in the technical management skills needed for professional turf management and the current strategies regarding environmental, social, political, and business issues within the turf industry.

Opportunities for individual program development within the various specializations/options may be realized through work experience, internships, special studies, and seminars; however, no more than 30 hours of such unstructured coursework may be counted toward the degree. Students in all specializations/options are urged to make use of them to meet the goals and needs of their respective programs.

Students in all specializations must complete the horticulture core. These courses are HORT 220, CSEM 240, one hour of HORT 381, and HORT 409.

There may be extra expenses for field trips, manual, or supplies in some courses.

Technology Fee. The College of Agricultural Sciences assesses the College of Agricultural Sciences undergraduate majors a technology fee of $4.58 per credit hour up to 12 credit hours. The fee is charged Fall and Spring semesters.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 1 39
To include MATH 108, CHEM 140A, PLB 200, UNIV 101 for additional four credit hours.
Requirements for Major in Landscape Horticulture 36
Core Requirements - HORT 220, HORT 381, HORT 409, HORT 423, HORT 424, HORT 430, HORT 432, HORT 436 or HORT 466, HORT 437 31
HORT: 300- or 400-level classes. 7
Other required courses - CSEM 240 4
CHEM 140B 2 4
Business Course 3 3
Agricultural Sciences Electives 300-and 400-Level 4 10
Other Electives 18
Total 120

1 MATH 106, MATH 109, MATH 125, MATH 140 or MATH 150 may be substituted. CHEM 200 and CHEM 201 may be substituted. Any UNIV 101 may be substituted.

2 CHEM 210 and CHEM 211 may be substituted.

3 Select one course from ACCT 210, ABE 333, FIN 200, FIN 300, MKTG 304, MGMT 304, MKTG 350, MGMT 350.

4 Choose any 300-level pr 400-level from ABE, AGRI, ANS, CSEM, HORT, HTA, HND, FOR.

Production Horticulture (General) Specialization Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Foundation Skills: CMST 101, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 108, UNIV 101 13
Disciplinary Studies: Fine Arts, Human Health, Humanities, CHEM 140A, PLB 200, ABE 204, Social Science 23
Integrative Studies (Multicultural/Diversity) 3
Requirements for Major 38
Core Requirements: HORT 220, HORT 381, HORT 409, HORT 423, HORT 424, HORT 430, HORT 432, HORT 437; HORT 436 or HORT 466 31
HORT 300- or 400-level 7
Required Courses 43
CSEM 240 4
CHEM 140A, CHEM 140B 5
Business Elective 3
Agricultural Science Elective 300- and 400-level 12
PLB 200 1
Electives 18
Total 120

Production Horticulture (Science) Specialization Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Foundation Skills: CMST 101, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 108, UNIV 101 13
Disciplinary Studies: Fine Arts, Human Health, Humanities, CHEM 200, PLB 200, ABE 204, Social Science 23
Integrative Studies (Multicultural/Diversity) 3
Requirements for Major 38
Core Requirements: HORT 220, HORT 381, HORT 409, HORT 423, HORT 424, HORT 430, HORT 432, HORT 437; HORT 436 or HORT 466 31
HORT 300- or 400-level classes 7
Required Courses 43
CSEM 240 4
CHEM 200, CHEM 201, CHEM 202, CHEM 210, CHEM 211, CHEM 212, CHEM 340, CHEM 341, CHEM 250 15
PHYS 203A, PHYS 203B 6
MATH 108, MATH 109 3
Business Elective 3
Agricultural Sciences Elective 300- and 400-level 7
PLB 200 1
Electives 4
Total 120

Landscape Horticulture Specialization Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Foundation Skills: CMST 101, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 108, UNIV 101 13
Disciplinary Studies: Fine Arts, Human Health, Humanities, CHEM 140A, PLB 200, ABE 204, Social Science 23
Integrative Studies (Multicultural/Diversity) 3
Requirements for Major 48
Core Requirements: HORT 220, HORT 327, HORT 328A, HORT 381, HORT 409, HORT 430, HORT 431, or HORT 434 20
HORT 324 OR HORT 326 3
HORT 400-level 4
HORT 300- or 400-level 21
Required Courses 33
CSEM 240 4
CHEM 140A, CHEM 140B 5
Business Elective 3
Agricultural Science Elective 300- and 400-level 10
PLB 200 1
Electives 10
Total 120

Production Horticulture Turf Grass Management Specialization Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Foundation Skills: CMST 101, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 108, UNIV 101 13
Disciplinary Studies: Fine Arts, Human Health, Humanities, CHEM 140A, PLB 200, ABE 204, Social Science 23
Integrative Studies (Multicultural/Diversity) 3
Requirements for Major 40
CSEM 200, CSEM 240, CSEM 381, CSEM 409, CSEM 441, CSEM 442, CSEM 443, CSEM 446, CSEM 447, CSEM 448, CSEM 454 32
CSEM 300- OR 400-level 8
Other required courses 24
CHEM 140A, CHEM 140B 5
PLB 200 1
Agricultural Sciences Electives 300- or 400-level 9
Agricultural Sciences Electives 9
Electives 17
Total 120

Horticulture Minor

A minor in Horticulture is offered. A total of 15 hours of credit is required with at least 12 hours taken at the University. HORT 220 is required and at least eight hours from 300- or 400-level structured courses. The department chair or coordinating counselor must be consulted before selecting this field as a minor.