Horticulture

Attention incoming freshmen and transfer students: Please note that the Horticulture major no longer accepts new students. We encourage incoming students to consider our new Plant Science major, our new Food Systems major, or other CFANS majors.


About the Horticulture Major

The horticultural major educates students for rewarding careers in diverse areas such as research (plant breeding/genetics or plant molecular biology); food and plant production (sustainable/organic); plant use and function (design/reclamation/restoration); or recreation (golf courses/parks). Students gain experience in the use of plants to alter environments, restore damaged landscapes, improve health and well-being of individuals, educate people about science, agriculture, improve community environments, and provide recreational and practical benefits to the public.

The coursework for the undergraduate horticulture major is flexible. Students take introductory courses in biology, chemistry, math, and Horticultural Science, then specialize their degree by selecting from upper-level courses offered by Horticultural Science and its related disciplines. The Department has developed five programs of study which serve as guidelines to students. (They are Nursery and Floriculture Production; Organic Horticulture and Local Foods; Plant Breeding & Genetics; Restoration Ecology; and Turfgrass Science.) Students whose interests or career goals fall outside these programs of study may choose to develop their own program of study in consultation with their adviser. Your program of study must consist of at least 24 credit. Eight credits must have a HORT designator at the 3XXX level or above. The additional credits completing the program should be from the related disciplines as listed above. From the total 24 credits, a minimum of 18 credits must be at or above the 3XXX level.

For more information, visit the Department of Horticultural Science website.

Academics Resources

Academic Advisor

Lauren McCarthy
lfmccart@umn.edu
612-625-6443
Coffey Hall 190