Horticulture is the science of the production, processing and marketing of fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and landscape crops. Students in the Horticulture Program study the physiology, culture, harvest, quality control, sales and utilization of horticultural crops. The nature of horticulture has changed as areas become more urban, and the program focuses on landscape management and production of nursery and greenhouse plants, which help meet the aesthetic needs in growing urban environments.
The demand for horticulture graduates is steadily increasing. Graduates find employment as orchard, vegetable farm or greenhouse managers, landscape contractors, golf course and park horticulturists, seed and supply company representatives, state and federal nursery inspectors, and educators in schools and extension offices.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearAGRL 111 Professions in Agriculture CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric PLSC 105 Plants and People: Past and Present MATH 126 College Algebra
Senior YearENTO 404 Principles of Entomology AGRN 410 Soil Fertility HORT 444 Handling and Storage of Horticultural Crops AGRN 451 Principles of Weed Science PLSC 453 Organic Crop Production
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Matt Shultz is a nursery grower for Conard-Pyle, a well-known nursery. He was featured on the cover of Nursery Management and Production magazine for being instrumental in the implementation of an integrated pest management system. He graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in horticulture. He says, “My courses helped to not only teach me invaluable skills for my field but also to teach me how to think and apply these skills to the real world.”