Horticulture, Minor

Program Code: HORT_UMNR

What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is the art and science of growing plants. The Horticulture minor is designed to provide students with both an overview and in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of horticulture. This minor provides opportunities for students from all colleges to learn more about the science and art of horticultural plants and their productive uses. The range of courses allows considerable flexibility for students to tailor the minor to their particular needs. The Horticulture minor meets the increasing demand for a horticulture emphasis for related majors and offers a general education for those seeking to use the minor for its avocational appeal.

You Might Like This Program If...

You want working knowledge of how to grow plants and to better understand the beneficial influences plants have on society (such as for food, esthetics, ecological, recreational, etc.). You have an interest in the horticulture field because it differs from botany in that it incorporates both science and aesthetics in the study of plants. It provides the perfect interface for students who wish to understand not only the science of plants but also the art of plant growing.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

The minor in Horticulture consists of a minimum of 18 credits.

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HORT 101Horticultural Science Keystone/General Education Course3
HORT 202Plant Propagation3
HORT 315Environmental Effects on Horticultural Crops3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits in systematics of the following:3
Herbaceous Perennial and Annual Identification
Ornamental Plant Materials
Ornamental Plant Materials
Horticultural Systematics
Select 6 credits in foundation and production courses of the following:6
Plant Nutrition
Plant Breeding
Post-Harvest Physiology
HORT 420
Small Fruit Culture
Deciduous Tree Fruits
Vegetable Crops
Flower Crop Production and Management
Retail Horticulture Business Management
Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Tarrah Geszvain
Academic Adviser
117 Tyson Building
University Park, PA 16802

Career Paths

Career opportunities exist in marketing and sales, plant health and protection, public gardens and arboretums, greenhouse and nursery production and management, cooperative extension, farm management, and with government or non-government agencies.



University Park

101 Tyson Building
University Park, PA 16802