Horticulture is the profession that nurtures, produces, installs, and maintains the built landscape, and protects, restores, and manages existing and natural landscape resources. Horticulture includes the development of plants for improved performance in the environment.
The horticulture bachelor degree has a strong scientific basis supplemented by a liberal arts education. Students experience actual hands-on courses that increase their practical horticulture knowledge and provide them with useful skills for the workplace. In order to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural world, you will also receive solid education in the liberal arts.
Our unique curriculum is one of the few undergraduate programs in which horticulture and landscape architecture are integrated. Our goal is to provide you with an understanding of the full range of the landscape process, which includes design, plant production, installation, and management of the urban and suburban landscape.
Courses include: plant identification, landscape design, plant propagation and landscape management. All courses emphasize sensitivity to environmental concerns and ecological soundness. Those dealing with disease, pest and weed control promote integrated pest management strategies utilized by environmentalists on a daily basis.
Working on award winning Philadelphia Flower Show exhibits and producing plants for student plant sales also provide invaluable learning opportunities.
With a degree in horticulture you will have the opportunity to:
Create interior landscapes or floral designs.
Design, install and/or maintain residential, commercial or public spaces.
Own and operate your own business.
Produce plants in greenhouses and nurseries for sale and landscape use.
Pursue an M.S. or Ph.D. in horticulture or related fields.
Research new technologies and plants in private and public institutions.
Sell products for horticultural or allied industries.
Specialize in helping residential and commercial clients.
Work for arboreta, botanic gardens, parks or golf courses.
Write articles and books about plants and horticulture.