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 Horticulture Undergraduate Program

 

 


Majors

 

Minor

 

Horticulture Major Concentrations

Students pursuing the 4-year, baccalaureate major Horticulture choose from among the following concentrations:

 


Horticultural Production and Marketing

Horticultural production and marketing prepares students in the production of horticultural crops or management of horticultural enterprises. Graduates may manage greenhouses or nurseries, floral or plant shops, garden centers, orchards, vegetable farms, and farm markets. They may be involved with development, distribution, or sales of equipment, chemicals, or plant materials.

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For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu


Landscape Contracting and Management

Students selecting landscape contracting and management, are prepared to direct and conduct in "hands-on" fashion, the technical side of landscape construction and plant installation.  Graduates of this program often operate a landscape design/build or construction and/or maintenance firm, work as a grounds manager.

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For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu

 


Landscape Enterprise Management

In addition to their science-based landscape horticultural skills, students selecting landscape enterprise management, are prepared to become account managers in client relations, business managers, as well as supervisors for landscape installation projects and landscape management.

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For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu

 

Plant Science

Plant science is an option which includes training to improve plants through genetic manipulation and to investigate new methods of propagation, growth, handling, and marketing of horticultural crops. Horticultural scientists work at colleges and universities, state and federal experiment stations, and public or private laboratories and foundations. This curriculum prepares students for scientifically oriented careers such as technicians in plant breeding, propagation, and research industries.  It is an excellent preparatory program for students planning to pursue post-graduate study toward a Masters or PhD degree.

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For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu


Public Horticulture

Public horticulture is a professional program leading to employment in botanical gardens, arboretums and other horticultural establishments in the public sector, as curators of plant collections, educators, plant propagators, illustrators, and writers. Practical training through internships in public gardens is stressed.

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For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu

 

Sustainable Food and Farming Systems Major 

Learn how to design and manage a small farm enterprise. Study the principles of sustainable agriculture including non-chemical pest and soil management. Investigate organic, local, and urban agriculture systems and study the resilience of the American food system. Gain hands-on experience at the new Purdue student farm. This is a comprehensive, science-based degree program that will prepare you to manage low-input farming enterprises and for a career in many other agricultural and environmental professional fields.

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For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu

 

Turf Management and Science Major

Prepare to become a professional sports turfgrass manager on golf courses, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and other athletic facilities.  Professional opportunities are also available in the management of residential, corporate, or other large landscaped sites such as parks and school grounds.  You may work as a turf supply dealer or a landscape contractor, or in one of many other areas of business.

Plan of Study
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For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu

 
 

Horticulture Minor

The minor in Horticulture provides students an overview of the discipline with some opportunity to focus on topics within.  It requires the completion of 16 credits, 7 of which are credits from required courses, the remainder are selectives from a prescribed list.  Click here for the plan of study.

For additional information contact:  hlacareers@purdue.edu

 


Detailed Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

Each concentration includes the School of Agriculture Core Curriculum, the Horticulture Core Curriculum, and a group of specialized courses focused on the option area. A total of 130 academic credits, and 320 hours of horticultural work experience (six-month internship for Public Horticulture), is required for graduation. During the first two years, the coursework emphasis is on basic studies such as communications, biology, chemistry, soils, etc. in preparation for more advanced work. In addition, there are introductory level horticulture courses such as Fundamentals of Horticulture, HORT 101. During your junior and senior years, you will study more advanced material in horticulture and plant physiology, and in the liberal arts, international and broadening subjects. In addition, depending on your specific interests (such as graduate studies, business, etc.) and declared option, courses will be taken in areas such as business management, landscape horticulture and design, advanced plant science and biotechnology, or public horticulture. Most classes must be taken for a letter grade, but a portion of a student's elective coursework may be taken pass-no pass. The equivalent of a "C" grade is required for "pass." See the School of Agriculture catalog for more details about the pass-no pass option. A passing grade in all courses is a "D", but you need a 2.00 grade point average for graduation. Practical experience is a very important part of career preparation for students of horticulture. It can help the student decide precisely what aspect of horticulture is right for them. It also makes graduates more attractive to employers as they complete their degree and seek first-time positions. Work experience is required of all horticulture students. For most, 320 hours of work experience is needed. Summer work between regular semesters is the most common way in which this requirement is satisfied. A letter from the employer to the Student Services Coordinator must document it. The letter becomes a part of your permanent record. No student will be certified for graduation until the work experience letter is on file. Public Horticulture option students are required to complete a six-month internship in place of the 320 hours of work experience described above. See the Internship Programs section for more information about completing a Public Horticulture internship.