The department offers three specializations: science and technology of horticultural crops, organic horticultural systems, and plant biotechnology and improvement. These options provide a strong science background and flexibility when choosing elective courses. An academic advisor will help develop the curriculum that best suits your career and educational goals.
Organic Horticultural Systems
This specialization emphasizes the cultural practices that maintain ecological and economical balance in horticultural crop production systems. This is a flexible option with many electives available to meet education and career objectives. Graduates will be prepared for a range of careers related to conventional, sustainable and organic crop production.
Plant Biotechnology and Improvement
This is a comprehensive program focusing on the molecular aspects of crops, including crop growth, development and cultivar improvement. This specialization is geared toward preparing for careers in laboratory research and is also an excellent preparation for pursuing graduate studies.
Science and Technology of Horticultural Crops
This specialization offers a generalized program, covering growth and development of horticultural crops. This is a flexible option that can be tailored to individual interests and career objectives, ranging from applied production to basic biology. Career options include commodity production and management, research biologist, marketing, agricultural chemical sales, fertilizer sales, produce buyer for grocery stores or restaurants, retail flower sales, and a number of other opportunities.
The horticultural science major prepares students for a career in plant science, including management, production, research, marketing and sales. Students will gain knowledge ranging from commodity production and cropping systems to basic plant science and molecular biology. They will develop skills to describe how plant physiology and genetics relate to plant growth and development as well as developing knowledge of plant diseases and other factors that affect horticultural crops.
Before Graduating Students Must
- Pass the horticultural sciences competency test, given in three parts. One part will be given in each of these required courses:
|HOS 3020C||Principles of Horticultural Crop Production||4|
|HOS 4304||Horticultural Physiology||3|
|HOS 4341||Advanced Horticultural Physiology||3|
- Achieve minimum grades of C in AEC 3030C and AEC 3033C. These courses are graded using rubrics developed by a faculty team.
- Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Students in the Major Will Learn to
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- Describe fundamental concepts, skills and processes in horticultural science.
- Apply fundamental concepts, skills and processes in horticultural science.
- Critically analyze and interpret data in horticultural science.
- Solve problems in horticultural science.
- Communicate effectively in written form in a manner appropriate in the field of horticultural science.
- Communicate effectively orally in a manner appropriate in the field of horticultural science.
I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed
- Class project
- Writing assignments
- Final grades