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Horticulture Degree

Horticulture connects people to the environment from greenhouses, laboratories and landscapes, to global food security and eco-awareness. It is the food we eat, the landscape where we live and play and the environments in which we thrive.
Students working in the Greenhouse Learning Center propagating poinsettias.

As a student, you will study how to create and maintain a beautiful, sustainable environment in which to live, work and play.

Major Options


Horticultural Business

A Horticultural Business option can prepare a student either for immediate employment in a horticultural business enterprise, or for graduate study with an agribusiness emphasis.

Students learn basic horticultural skills, plant care techniques, and the role plants and landscape applications play in sustaining the environment. The option includes a built-in formal academic minor in the student's choice of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, General Business/Entrepreneurship. The minor is a valuable credential that can provide students with an advantage in the job market.  Horticultural Business Degree RequirementsHorticultural Business Finish in 4 Sheet Scheduling Guide



Horticulture Food Safety

The Food Safety option offers classes training students in the principles and practices of minimizing potential food safety risks in growing, handling, and processing fruits and vegetables. It allows students to become certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs) and Preventive Controls for Human Foods. It also features the opportunity to become trained in Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized food safety programs.  Horticulture Food Safety Degree Requirements Horticulture Food Safety Finish in 4 Scheduling Guide



Horticultural Science

A Horticultural Science degree can prepare a student either for immediate employment in a science-based technical position, or for graduate study in horticulture or related natural sciences.  This degree emphasizes both the "why" and "how" of horticultural science, including topics such as genetics and plant physiology.

Training can be general or be chosen to emphasize a particular commodity area of horticulture. Students learn basic horticultural skills, plant care techniques, and the role plants and landscape applications play in sustaining the environment. The option also builds strength in related sciences such as organic chemistry, plant physiology and genetics. Another way to view this option is that students learn even more about the science behind the practice of horticulture. Horticultural Science Degree RequirementsHorticultural Science Finish in 4 Scheduling Guide



Landscape Management

Landscape Management is a four-year program leading to an accredited B.S. degree with the option to also earn a minor in management.  Course work includes landscape design, construction techniques, business, and horticulture. Graduates are employed by landscape contracting companies, design-build firms, landscape maintenance companies, irrigation contractors, nurseries etc. Earthwork, grading and drainage, irrigation, lighting, retaining walls, and plant materials are just a few of the activities that involve landscape management professionals.  Managed sites include residential and commercial properties, golf courses and public facilities.  Landscape managers deal with maintenance of irrigation systems, walkways, lighting, and other hardscape features.  They also schedule and supervise landscape maintenance activities such as pruning, pest control, fertilization, and a wide variety of other cultural practices.  Explore careers in the Landscape Industry.

Landscape Management Degree RequirementsLandscape Management Finish in 4 Sheet Scheduling Guide



Public Horticulture

Our graduates work in the administration, leadership, and management of arboreta, botanic gardens, zoos, park systems, museums, and other public sector institutions.

OSU's Public Horticulture degree is one of only a few BS degrees in the country targeted to a career in public garden management.

Students complete courses in horticulture, business administration design, leadership, education and botany and have the opportunity to be involved with The Botanic Garden at OSU and with Oklahoma Gardening, our public television program. Public Horticulture Degree Requirements Public Horticulture Finish in 4 Scheduling Guide



Turf Management

Cultivate your career with the science of managing turf and the art of managing people and organizations. Practical skills, valued credentials, and new career insights and opportunities await you. The Turf Management option prepares undergraduates for challenging careers in turfgrass management or advanced studies in turfgrass science.

A strong foundation in basic sciences, plant sciences, communications, mathematics and humanities provides a well-rounded education and prepares students to solve problems creatively. Nearly 100 percent of graduating turfgrass specialists, at OSU and nationwide, accept positions in the turfgrass industry upon graduation. Turf Management Degree Requirements Turf Management Finish in 4 Scheduling Guide



Urban Horticulture

The Urban Horticulture option focuses on the production, processing and marketing of horticultural food and ornamental crops in the urban environment.  It provides training for broad practices including small scale crop production, vertical farming, hydroponics, container production, greenhouse production, roof-top, and organic production. Urban Horticulture Degree Requirements Urban Horticulture Finish in 4 Scheduling Guide


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