Horticulture is the study of using plants sustainably to
improve and maintain the world by generating and distributing healthy
foods (fruits and vegetables), protecting and restoring the environment with strategic
placement of plants, creating
functional and attractive landscapes to help people connect to nature and beauty and using plants for overall human
well-being. Students can focus their coursework on one of three options
according to their desired career path:
- Professional Option:
prepares students for a diversity of careers, including
greenhouse and nursery production, research, marketing and retail and
- Landscape Design and Management Option: specifically focuses on preparing students for careers in landscape design, management and restoration.
and Vegetable Sustainable Systems Option: focuses on the sustainable fruit and vegetable
supply chain and prepares students for careers within that industry, including producing and
marketing locally-grown produce and working for large companies as production
coordinators, field scouts and more.
Highlights of the Horticulture Major
- Students have opportunities for hands-on learning via our tissue culture lab, computer-controlled greenhouses, plant materials nursery and fruit Teaching, Research, and Extension (TRE) facility.
- The UWRF Horticulture Society offers experiences outside the classroom including field trips, guest speakers and participation in professional conferences.
- On-campus plots offer an outdoor classroom experience and include a teaching orchard, herbaceous perennial collection, landscape rose trial, fruit research plots and nursery for young woody plants.
Skills and Learning Outcomes
As a student in this program, you will learn to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge and appreciation of the
diversity of plants, their culture and utilization.
horticultural principles to the successful growth and production of plants.
- Demonstrate the
knowledge, skills and attributes to be successful contributing members of the
- Recognize and
apply ethical professional practices to horticultural applications.
- Synthesize and
integrate information to solve horticultural problems.
- Be critical
"consumers" of information; understand the relevance and scientific basis of
content they read and hear.
effectively within the discipline and also be able to transmit horticultural knowledge and
skills to the general public.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the horticulture industry. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.
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