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Plants are the root of what makes our world healthy and beautiful. Our students study the physiology, culture, harvest, quality control, sales and utilization of horticultural crops.


What is Horticulture at WVU like?


Horticulture is the science of the production, processing and marketing of fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and landscape crops. In our program, you will study the physiology, culture, harvest, quality control, sales and utilization of horticultural crops.

Plan to experience a vast amount of learning outside the classroom – and get a little dirty – in our state-of-the-art greenhouse where you’ll learn skills like propagation and plant production.

The nature of horticulture has changed as areas become more urban. Our program focuses on landscape management and production of nursery and greenhouse plants, which help meet the aesthetic needs in growing urban environments.

Horticulture program highlights:

At a Glance

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Elective Focuses

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Specialty Crop Production
  • Landscape and Turf Management
  • Public Horticulture
  • Plant Health Management
  • Plant Science
  • Entrepreneurship/Agriculture Business

Fast Facts

What makes Horticulture at WVU unique?

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:


How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Horticulture major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Horticulture at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Horticulture major.

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Popular Courses

AGRN 451:
Principles of Weed Science

Fundamental principles of weed science including identification, ecology, and control in crops. (Also listed as ENVP 451.)

HORT 262:
Herbaceous Plant Materials

Identification, description, adaptability, and evaluation of selected herbaceous annuals and perennials with emphasis on their use as design elements.

HORT 330:
Plant Propagation

Study of practices of plant propagation and factors involved in reproduction in plants.

HORT 441:
Garden Center Management

Principles of the operation and management of nursery, garden center, and landscape installation businesses with an emphasis on current issues.

HORT 443:
Vegetable Crops

Botanical and ecological characteristics influencing the production of vegetable crops. (One three-day field trip required.)

HORT 444:
Handling and Storage of Horticultural Crops

Characteristics of perishable crops. Methods and materials used to maintain quality.

HORT 445:
Greenhouse Management

Greenhouse as a controlled plant environment. How to regulate factors influencing plant growth and development within specialized environments of greenhouses.

PLSC 105:
Plants and People: Past and Present

A course focused on exploring the interaction between plants and humans, and the impact plants have had, and have on human society.

PLSC 453:
Organic Crop Production

Principles, practices, history, philosophy, and economics of organic farming and gardening. The National Organic Rule, farm certification, crop/livestock systems and international organic production. (Students may not receive credit for both PLSC 453 and PLSC 553).

Cost and Aid

How much does Horticulture at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $425
Per Semester $5,100
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,200
Per Credit $1,129
Per Semester $13,548
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,096
Per Credit $1,129
Per Semester $13,848
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,696
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Ways to Save

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Horticulture can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Horticulture has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Horticulture at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Horticulture major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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