Horticulture is the study of plants, from the individual leaf to entire ecosystems. Horticulturalists work in nurseries and greenhouses, on farms and ranches, in parks and gardens, in botanical gardens and museums, at research institutions around the world—and more. Horticulture is also a specialty within many other fields: landscape architecture, forestry management or agricultural sciences. In this article we’ll explore some colleges that offer degrees or courses in horticulture (or related fields) so you can learn more about your options after high school graduation!
Colleges That Offer Horticulture
1 Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University is located in Boone, North Carolina. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, which can be completed in four years. Students may also choose to complete an accelerated two-year program. In addition to the Bachelor’s degree program, Appalachian State University also offers a Master’s degree program with three different concentrations: Sustainable Landscape Management; Nursery and Floriculture Management; and Urban Forestry Management.
Students who wish to pursue graduate study at Appalachian will complete a thesis project during their first year as well as extensive fieldwork throughout the remainder of their education here on campus.
2 Bismarck State College
Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, Bismarck State College is a public two-year institution that offers several horticulture programs.
- Horticulture technician program (Certificate) – This program prepares students to work as landscape or nursery technicians by giving them the knowledge and skills necessary for this career field. Courses include basic plant biology, landscape design principles, soil science and more.
- Landscape Design Associate of Applied Science degree – This program provides students with an education in all aspects of landscaping design including soil science, plant selection and maintenance methods. Students will also learn principles of aesthetics while developing skills they can use when creating their own designs using computer software such as AutoCAD or SketchUp Pro.
Admission Requirements: Students must complete an application for admission which includes submitting official transcripts from high school or any other postsecondary institution attended; scores from either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT College Entrance Examination; proof that you are proficient enough in English language (e.g., score at least 500 on each section on TOEFL); one letter of recommendation; copy of your social security card; personal essay describing why you would like to attend BSC as well as what skills and experiences you have that would help contribute during your time there
3 Black Hills State University
Black Hills State University is a public university in Spearfish, South Dakota. It was founded in 1883 as an agricultural school, but has since grown to become an accredited university with a student population of 4,400. BHSU offers several horticulture programs and certificates, including:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture (Bachelor’s) – 120 credits; includes extensive coursework on plant biology, horticultural science and gardening techniques.
- Associate Degree in Horticulture (Associate) – 60 credits; includes classes like plant propagation and maintenance practices for gardeners as well as material regarding the management of flowers and plants on farms or ranches.
4 California Polytechnic State University
California Polytechnic State University
California State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Chico
California State University, Northridge
Humboldt State University
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
San Francisco State University
5 Central Piedmont Community College
- Courses offered: horticulture
- Degrees offered: AAS, AS
- Tuition: $2,852 per semester
- Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
- Established: 1964
- Enrollment: 12,000
6 Clemson University
Clemson University is a public, co-educational, land-grant and space-grant university. Clemson is classified as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The school’s main campus is located in central South Carolina near Greenville and Anderson. It has national reputation for its undergraduate business programs and engineering program. Clemson has graduated more than 100 Rhodes Scholars since 1902, who have earned two Nobel Prizes in economics while at Oxford University (one of which was won by former president Bill Clinton).
7 Colorado Mountain College
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is a community college with campuses in Vail, Glenwood Springs and Gunnison. The college offers two associate degrees: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Horticulture Management and an AAS in Horticulture. CMC also offers a Horticulture Certificate track for students who want to focus on the more technical aspects of horticultural production such as greenhouse operations, soils and plant nutrition, irrigation system design and maintenance, plant propagation methods and pest control methods.
8 Colorado State University
Colorado State University (CSU) is a public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU is a land-grant institution and doctoral research university.
It is also one of America’s top universities with an Hispanic-serving institution status, as well as being a member of the Association of American Universities and the Mountain West Conference.
9 Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College is a two-year public college in South St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. DCTC offers associate degrees in more than 100 programs and certificates in over 80 programs. The school also provides adult continuing education classes as well as online courses for students who want to learn about horticulture from the comfort of their own homes.
The college’s horticulture program teaches students about plants, trees and flowers along with greenhouse technology and pest management techniques for those who want to work with plants on a professional level.
10 Delaware Valley University
Delaware Valley University is a private, co-educational university located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The university offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with an emphasis on either Ornamental Horticulture or Landscape Horticulture. Students can also minor in Ornamental Horticulture or Landscape Horticulture.
11 Eastern New Mexico University
Eastern New Mexico University is a public institution founded in 1910. Located in Portales, NM, it offers a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. The university also offers an associate’s degree and certificate program for students interested in pursuing horticulture as a career.
12 Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University (FAMU) is a public, historically black university in Tallahassee, Florida, United States. It was established in 1887 as the fourth state-sponsored institution of higher learning for African Americans in the United States. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
FAMU is the largest historically black university in the United States by enrollment with over 9,000 students on its main campus as well as 6 locations throughout Florida: Miami Gardens Campus; Broward County Regional Campus; Downtown Fort Lauderdale Center for Arts and Technology; Orlando Campus; Jacksonville Center for Medical Professions (JCMP); Pensacola Virtual School.
13 These colleges offer courses and degrees in horticulture.
- Albion College
- American Public University System
- Andrews University
- Aquinas College
There are many schools that offer horticulture degrees and courses. Most of the colleges listed above are public institutions, but there are also some private schools with horticulture programs. If you would like more information about any of these colleges, contact their admissions departments directly or visit their websites for more information on what they offer.