Horticulture

Study with Us

  • Grow and design with plants.
  • Produce and market fruits and vegetables.
  • Manage people, plants, or places.
  • Improve the environment through plants.
  • Grow plants in challenging places.
Grow your career with horticulture! Knowledge of horticulture is useful to anything that can be cultivated, from fruits and vegetables to trees and shrubs. Your classes, and the hands-on experience they provide, can lead to a career in food production, plant science research, ornamental production, public education, athletic field management, landscape construction, and landscape design.
In the Top 5 Nationally National Research-Doctorate Programs 
Purdue Horticulture Ranks in Top 5 National Research-Doctorate Programs
47% Received Scholarships 
1 in 2
of  Purdue Horticulture Students  Received Scholarships  in 2015

Horticulture Concentrations

Plant Science
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 area of study prepares students for science-oriented careers such as technicians in plant breeding, propagation, and research industries. Or it’s excellent preparation for postgraduate study toward a master’s degree or Ph.D. Plan of Study
Horticultural Production & Marketing
Preparation to work in the production of horticultural crops or to manage horticultural enterprises. Graduates manage greenhouses or nurseries, floral or plant shops, garden centers, orchards, vegetable farms, and farm markets. They also might develop, distribute, or sell equipment, chemicals, or plant materials. Plan of Study
Public Horticulture
A professional program for students who want to lead or manage botanical gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, parks, and other community sites. Graduates also become curators of plant collections, educators, plant propagators, illustrators, and writers. Plan of Study
Landscape Enterprise Management
Combines science-based landscape horticultural skills and business leadership. Graduates work in client relations and account management or supervise landscape install and maintenance projects. Plan of Study
Landscape Design
Training to design, build, install, and maintain landscapes. Graduates may operate a landscape/design build, construction, or maintenance firm; work as a grounds manager; or create small-scale landscape designs. Plan of Study
Landscape Contracting & Management
Preparation for managing landscape construction and installation projects. Graduates often operate landscape design, installation, or management firms or work in other agribusinesses. Plan of Study

Career Opportunities

  • Arboreta and botanic gardens
  • Biomedical research firms
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Chemical and fertilizer companies
  • Food distributors
  • Food processing companies
  • Garden centers
  • Golf courses
  • Greenhouse flower and vegetable growers
  • High schools
  • Historical sites
  • Irrigation companies
  • Junior colleges and universities
  • Landscape construction companies
  • Landscape design companies
  • Landscape management companies
  • Local, state and federal parks
  • Magazines
  • Nature preserves
  • Nurseries
  • Orchards
  • Recreational and professional sports complexes
  • Resorts and theme parks
  • Seed companies
  • Sod producers
  • Government agencies
  • University Extension Service
  • Vegetable growers
  • Vineyards
  • Yard and garden supply companies

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