B.S. Degree

Horticulture is an important and growing part of modern civilization.  This discipline concerns intensive plant production, including fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, turf, shade trees, flowers, and a wider array of specialized plants.  The practice of horticulture enriches most human lives, directly through nutrition and aesthetics, and a large number through income generation as horticultural producers and their suppliers and service agents.  Horticulture is distinct from general agriculture in that it concerns plants for their nutritional, aesthetic, and therapeutic values.  Public awareness of the importance of the immediate and greater environment has created a surge of interest in home gardening and urban horticulture.  This has led to an increased use of landscaping to pleasingly modify surroundings.  People in almost every walk of life have become more interested in plants, in the environment, and in the quality of food, out of concern for better health and well-being.  Horticulture and its related industries play important roles in preserving and enhancing the beauty and productivity of both the human and natural environments.  Horticultural crops represent at least 20 percent of total agricultural production on the continent.  Annual income from the commercial production, processing, and utilization of horticultural crops is at least $15 billion.  Projections for growth for the industry are about 6% per year for the foreseeable future, according to the U.S.D.A.  This represents tremendous career opportunities for college graduates with degrees in the field.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

  • HOR 219 Introduction to Horticulture
  • NSM 499 Internship

Liberal Arts Core and Degree Specific Requirements

  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry    4
  • CHM 105 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry    4
  • ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics    3
  • COM 201 Public Speaking    3
  • MTH 111 or higher    3
  • MTH 208 Introductory Statistics or ESC 215 Environmental Methods and Statistics    3/4

Required Courses (56 hours)

  • BIO 101 General Biology    4
  • BIO/AGR 202 Introduction to Plant Science    4
  • HOR/AGR 219 Introduction to Horticulture    4
  • BIO 305 Introduction to Genetics    4
  • BUS 303 Principles of Management or BUS 320 Entrepreneurship    3
  • NSM 307, 497, 498 Seminar    6
  • HOR/AGR 315 Soil Science and Management    4
  • HOR/AGR 321 Plant Propagation    3
  • NSM 399 Professional Preparation    1
  • HOR/AGR 410 Greenhouse Management    4
  • HOR/AGR 411 Landscape Design and Management    4
  • HOR/AGR/BIO 415 Plant Diseases    4
  • HOR/AGR 418 Plant Pest Management    4
  • HOR/BIO 419 Plant Physiology and Biotechnology    4
  • NSM 499 Internship    3

Total Hours Required in Major    56