Horticulture, BS Curriculum

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Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
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The B.S. in horticulture is a career-oriented program that combines science-based education, liberal arts education, and technical training. All horticulture students are introduced to botany, woody plants, entomology, plant pathology, and soil science as part of the program requirements. These courses together with liberal arts courses and program specific courses prepare students for careers in the Green Industry. Students select from three areas of emphasis: environmental landscaping, horticulture production, or urban forestry.

Program outcomes: graduates will


Program Delivery

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Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Program Requirements
Required courses - 34 credits
AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
HORT 1010 - Introduction to Horticulture (3.0 cr)
HORT 1021 - Woody Plant Materials (4.0 cr)
NATR 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 3900 - Internship (0.5-4.0 cr)
NATR 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 4652 - Seminar (1.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1104 - Beginning Spanish I (4.0 cr)
COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3431 - Persuasion (3.0 cr)
AGRO 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)
or NATR 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx


< Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Environmental LandscapingEnvironmental Landscaping

Environmental landscaping includes courses in landscape design, planning and development of residential and commercial landscapes, and plant science. Reducing impact on the environment and sustainability are a major focus as well as appropriate use of plants and proper installation and management of landscape features. Many students include business courses in their elective curriculum to prepare them for all aspects of the industry. Graduates are prepared to be a landscape designer, installer, or contractor. They may also choose landscape supply sales, nursery management, land reclamation, or garden center management.

Environmental Landscaping Requirements
Required courses - 22 credits
HORT 3030 - Landscape Design (4.0 cr)
HORT 3031 - Herbaceous Perennial Plant Materials (2.0 cr)
HORT 3034 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Spring (4.0 cr)
HORT 3036 - Plant Propagation (4.0 cr)
HORT 3040 - Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3.0 cr)
TURF 1072 - Principles of Turf Management (3.0 cr)
TURF 3077 - Turf and Landscape Irrigation Design and Installation (2.0 cr)

 

Environmental Landscaping Electives
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credits(s) from the following:
ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I (3.0 cr)
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety (4.0 cr)
ASM 1044 - Computer-Aided Drafting (3.0 cr)
ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV](4.0 cr)
ENTR 2200 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3.0 cr)
HORT 1025 - Introduction to Arboriculture (2.0 cr)
HORT 3025 - Applications in Arboriculture (3.0 cr)
HORT 3033 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Fall (4.0 cr)
HORT 3045 - Urban Forestry Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
HORT 3090 - Advanced Landscape Design (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3200 - Principles of Management (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3220 - Human Resource Management (3.0 cr)
MKTG 3300 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 cr)
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
NATR 3203 - Park and Recreation Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3374 - Ecology [BIOL SCI](4.0 cr)
SPAN 1204 - Beginning Spanish II (4.0 cr)
TURF 3074 - Turfgrass Pest Management (3.0 cr)
TURF 3076 - Turfgrass Management Systems (3.0 cr)

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement. The number of credits needed will depend on liberal education course selections. Approximately 8 credits will be needed.

 

 

Production HorticultureProduction Horticulture

Production horticulture concentrates on crops produced in greenhouses and nurseries. Students experience plant propagation, identification of herbaceous plants, cultivation of indoor and outdoor plants, and floral design. In greenhouse production courses, students produce crops that are sold to industry. Graduates are employed as greenhouse or nursery growers, garden center managers, garden designers, floral designers, and floriculture extension specialists. Faculty work with students to develop a plan of study tailored to the individual.

 

Production Horticulture Requirements
Required courses - 23 credits
HORT 1091 - Indoor Flowering and Foliage Plants (2.0 cr)
HORT 3030 - Landscape Design (4.0 cr)
HORT 3031 - Herbaceous Perennial Plant Materials (2.0 cr)
HORT 3033 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Fall (4.0 cr)
HORT 3034 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Spring (4.0 cr)
HORT 3036 - Plant Propagation (4.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)

 

Production Horticulture Electives
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement. The number of credits needed will depend on liberal education course selections. Approximately 7 credits will be needed.
 

Urban Forestry

 Urban forestry combines conservation and horticulture topics presented in an outdoor, applied setting. Different than focusing on large scale forests used for commercial purposes, urban forestry includes municipalities, park districts, utility companies, private homeowners, and commercial tree service companies; each utilizing trees for a different purpose. The tree care industry has grown extensively over the years and now includes conservation and management issues. Extensive employment opportunities are available nation-wide as society becomes more urbanized.

Urban Forestry Requirements
Required courses - 22 credits

ENTR 2200 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3.0 cr)
HORT 1025 - Introduction to Arboriculture (2.0 cr)
HORT 3025 - Applications in Arboriculture (3.0 cr)
HORT 3030 - Landscape Design (4.0 cr)
HORT 3040 - Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3.0 cr)
HORT 3045 - Urban Forestry Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 1244 - Elements of Forestry (4.0 cr)


Urban Forestry Electives
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
· ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety (4.0 cr)
· ASM 1044 - Computer-Aided Drafting (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
· HORT 3034 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Spring (4.0 cr)
· HORT 3036 - Plant Propagation (4.0 cr)
· HORT 3090 - Advanced Landscape Design (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 3200 - Principles of Management (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
· NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3203 - Park and Recreation Management (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3374 - Ecology [BIOL SCI] (4.0 cr)
· NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 1204 - Beginning Spanish II (4.0 cr)
· TURF 1072 - Principles of Turf Management (3.0 cr)
 
Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement. The number of credits needed will depend on liberal education course selections. Approximately 9 credits will be needed.
 

 

 

 


Horticulture Minor Curriculum

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Natural Resources
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The horticulture minor provides an opportunity for students in other majors (e.g., natural resources related, agronomy, ag business, business management, golf and turf management) to take a selected group of horticulture courses and strengthen their credentials in this area.


Program Delivery

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Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
HORT 1010 - Introduction to Horticulture (3.0 cr)
HORT 1021 - Woody Plant Materials (4.0 cr)
HORT 3036 - Plant Propagation (4.0 cr)
HORT 3033 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Fall (4.0 cr)
or HORT 3034 - Commercial Floriculture Crops-Spring (4.0 cr)
Take 3 or more credits(s) from the following: