Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

Prepare yourself for a variety of careers related to cultivating and managing plants in the natural and built environment through the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture. This four-year undergraduate program offers courses in plant science, identification, production and maintenance through field-based and hands-on research and learning that deepens students’ knowledge of the natural and cultivated world. 

You’ll learn the relationships between horticulture, technology and natural ecological processes and become responsible stewards of the environment. All horticulture courses are held at Temple’s suburban Ambler Campus, home to a 187-acre arboretum and state-of-the-art greenhouses, gardens, and labs. Additional coursework is available on Temple's Main and Center City campuses. 

Careers in the field of horticulture can be in the built landscape or in natural environments and encompass a myriad of different occupational opportunities including: 

  • controlled environment cultivation;
  • floriculture;
  • horticultural therapy;
  • interior plantscaping;
  • landscape contracting, restoration and management;
  • nurseries;
  • public horticulture; 
  • research and teaching; and
  • urban forestry.

Student Collaboration 

Horticulture students can collaborate with landscape architecture students on projects, including an annual design-build project that culminates in an exhibit for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Philadelphia Flower Show.

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Classes & Curriculum  

As a BS in Horticulture student, you’ll develop building technology, design and environmental stewardship skills while studying the diverse urban context of Philadelphia. A few courses you can anticipate taking include the following. 

  • Applied Entomology
  • Food Crops
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology

Learn more about the coursework for this program.

Related Graduate Degrees

Undergraduate Certificates

The Undergraduate Certificate in Landscape Plants allows students to enhance their major with focused coursework and hands-on learning in the fundamentals of horticulture. The certificate focuses on plant types, names and usage for a background in gardening and landscape design. 

The Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability allows students to enhance their major with focused coursework in environmental sustainability. This certificate provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from the fields of botany, city planning, community development, horticulture and landscape architecture. Students will gain basic knowledge needed to evaluate environmental problems and to draw environmentally, socially and economically sound solutions. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year


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