The flexible curriculum of this major allows you to focus on either:
- Horticulture: Crops like flowers, woody landscape plants, fruits and vegetables, including famous Idaho potatoes
- Urban landscapes: Sustainable private and commercial landscapes, golf courses and sports turf
This major prepares you to become a professional in the green industry—whether it’s:
- Managing a championship golf course
- Taking charge of a botanical garden
- Running your own vegetable farm
- Overseeing sales, inventory and marketing for a major greenhouse or nursery
Study plant propagation, crop production, pollination, post-harvest handling, landscape and turf management, and pest control. Learn to multiply plants using techniques from simple stem cuttings to sterile tissue culture. Take field trips to nurseries, golf courses and top-of-the line landscape installations. Build a water garden or patio. You’ll get more hands-on opportunities at our on-campus plant science farms and computer-controlled greenhouses.
You’ll learn from teachers whose research interests span horticulture’s most interesting topics.
Most of our students complete an internship the summer between their junior and senior year. They help grow plants and collect data in greenhouses, nurseries and laboratories.