Undergraduate Programs

Horticulture - Information Sheet

Horticulture applies knowledge from biology and various other fields of science, combined with creative artistic and technical skills, to improve the production and use of intensively cultivated, high value specialty crops. Plants generally considered part of horticulture include fruits and nuts; vegetables; herbaceous and woody ornamentals (flowers, trees, shrubs and vines); herbs, spices and medicinal plants; and turfgrasses. Horticultural plants provide ecosystem services and contribute to human physical and emotional health, thus enhancing the quality of our lives. Combining knowledge from basic sciences with aspects of design and beauty, horticulture includes people with a broad range of interests.

Why Study Horticulture?   Video

Plants make our world healthy and beautiful. From greenhouses and laboratories, to global food security and eco-awareness to landscapes, horticulture connects people to the environment. Global dependence on technological advancements and sustainable resource use will require knowledgeable persons to solve the increasingly complex challenges which will arise in feeding our ever increasing populations with limited resources, and creating and maintaining beautiful environments in which to live.

Horticulture career opportunities are ever changing. Horticulture graduates are highly marketable in a career field in which there is a shortage of well-trained graduates to fill available positions.

Landscape Architecture - Information SheetLA-sketch

Landscape Architecture is a design profession which combines art, science and technology to propose meaningful and thoughtful change to the built environment. More than at any time in human history, our fragile planet and its ever-increasing population require professional who skillfully employ the art of creative invention, the sciences of sustainable practices and social behavior, and the application of cutting edge technologies to ensure a healthy future for both.

Why study Landscape Architecture?  Video

As a landscape architect, you will play a critical role in the design of outdoor space for the health, safety and well-being of individuals and their communities. The positive benefits of a single design project are invaluable.

With issues of sustainability becoming more critical, as a landscape architect you will be ready and prepared to address them as you design the interface between humankind and the urban, suburban and natural environment. You will play an important role in environmental healing by designing and implementing projects that respect both the needs of people and our environment.

Landscape Management - Infomation Sheet

Landscape Management is the profession that designs, builds, and maintains beautiful environments whether outdoors or indoors. An excellent overview of the profession can be found in the video, "Why Enter the Landcare Industry." 

  • Why Study Landscape Management?  Video
  • At the current time, there are more jobs available in the landscape management field than there are graduates to fill them. About 60,000 professional-level positions need to be filled this year. Students who desire a career in the landscape industry and are willing to learn a company culture likely will not struggle to find employment prior to graduation from OSU.

    The landscape management degree program is a four-year program fully accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the professional organization for the landscape industry.

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