Programs of Study in Horticulture
For students interested in a four-year degree, UGA Horticulture Department offers a Bachelors of Science Degree in Horticulture. In addition to university-wide course requirements, horticulture degree students select from four areas of emphasis: Landscape Contracting, General Horticulture, Horticultural Science, and Sustainable Food Production in Horticulture. Each of these areas of emphasis are designed to provide slightly different skills and experiences, depending a the student’s interests. The Landscape Contracting emphasis focuses on training for a career in landscape contracting, landscape installation and maintenance, golf course operations and other related professions. The General Horticulture emphasis permits a broader range of study, from produce production, to nursery and greenhouse management. The Horticultural Science emphasis is designed to prepare students for advanced study in the sciences, anchored by a broad understanding of horticulture.
General Requirements for B.S.A. Degree in Horticulture (UGA Bulletin)
Many students enrolled in related degree programs, such as Landscape Architecture, Turfgrass Science, Agriculture Communications, and Agriculture Education, are interested in a more in-depth study of horticulture than one course can provide. For these students, there is the Minor in Horticulture. This minor provides a broad background in horticulture with high degree of flexibility. On average, students take a total 15-16 hours of directed coursework. Application for the minor in horticulture insures a greater chance of seating in the more popular courses.
Students with an interest in subjects beyond the regular course of study may opt to obtain one of many certificates related to the field of horticulture, or pursue a minor through another department. Through careful selection of electives, students can often fulfill requirements for certificates or minors without extending graduation time. Students with an interest in these programs are encouraged to discuss their interest with their faculty advisor early on in their college career.
Certificate and other programs:
- Organic Agriculture
- Community Forestry
- International Agriculture
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- UGA Local Foods Certificate
Opportunities for a minor related to Horticulture
Whether it’s a tour of European gardens, or a study of wine making in Cortona, Italy, opportunities abound to travel to distant lands and experience new cultures. The UGA Horticulture Department sponsors several study abroad programs to meet the needs of students.top