About the program

This discipline concerns intensive plant production, including fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, turf, shade trees, flowers, and a wide array of specialized plants. Horticulture is distinct from General Agriculture in that it focuses on plants for their nutritional, aesthetic and therapeutic values. 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 USDA. This represents tremendous career opportunities for college graduates with degrees in the field.

Coursework in Horticulture

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Horticulture, and includes courses such as:

  • General Biology
  • Introductory Genetics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Plant Propagation
  • Landscape Design and Management
  • Plant Pest Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Plant Sciences
  • Principles of Management
  • Soil Science and Management
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Plant Diseases
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introductory Statistics

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Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Horticulture:

  • Agriculture Club (with Horticulture subcommittee)
  • Environmental Action Coalition - whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education
  • Wildlife Club

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Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

Campus Facilities and Field Trips: The nearly 800 acre Ferrum campus serves as the program’s outdoor classroom. The beautiful campus gardens include a program run Arboretum and two campus greenhouses. Students have been instrumental in the construction of many of the campus gardens and in greenhouse management. Professors routinely take students to local, state and regional horticultural gardens, nurseries and orchards to give the students hands-on experience and first-hand observations of horticultural practices.

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

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Horticulture Faculty

Bob Pohlad
Horitculture Program Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(540) 365-4378
bpohlad@ferrum.edu | View Profile


Glen Stevens | View Profile
Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(540) 365-4554

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Information is only an email away! Contact Dr. Bob Pohlad, Program Coordinator of Horticulture at bpohlad@ferrum.edu.

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