Horticultural Science

A Horticultural Science degree can prepare a student either for immediate employment in a science-based technical position, or for graduate study in horticulture or related natural sciences.  This degree emphasizes both the "why" and "how" of horticultral science,including topics such as genetics and plant physiology. 

Training can be general or be chosen to emphasize a particular commodity area of horticulture. Students learn basic horticultural skills, plant care techniques, and the role plants and landscape applications play in sustaining the environment. The option also builds strength in related sciences such as organic chemistry, plant physiology and genetics. Another way to view this option is that students learn even more about the science behind the practice of horticulture.

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All horticulture majors complete a real-world internship prior to graduation. Hands-on laboratories are included in many courses, and students in this program have the unique advantage of utilizing The Botanic Garden at OSU and the Water Conservation and Irrigation Training Center. OSU's horticulture curriculum is further enriched by online courses shared through a consortium that includes OSU and three other land-grant universities in the region. 

Did you know? There are more horticulture jobs available than there are degreed professional horticulturists.


American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)

International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

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