“Horticulture is a great major, especially for people who enjoy being outside and enjoy the beauty of the landscape. Horticulture is an art as well as a science, so the programs offered at K-State explore a wide variety of disciplines. The faculty and staff are all down-to-earth and very approachable. While gaining knowledge inside the classroom, the KSU Gardens and Greenhouses allow students to gain hands on experience outside the classroom.”
Horticulture combines art and skill with science and technology for sustainably growing, distributing, and using ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables. Landscapes, homes and public buildings are surrounded by horticulture. Lives are enriched through the varied diets and physical activities resulting from this field of study. Graduates, depending on their option, become experts in disciplines such as vegetable production, landscape design or golf course management.
According to a national study, job openings in horticulture will exceed the number of graduates needed to fill them in the next decade.
Greenhouse grower, nursery or garden center manager, production horticulturist, landscape designer, golf course manager, sales and marketing manager, technical representative, buyer, gardener, groundskeeper, superintendent, general manager, extension agent, plant breeder, sports turf manager, horticultural therapist and research scientist.
Fruit/vegetable production: Students combine interests in organic, sustainable, and conventional fruit and vegetable production with courses in business management.
Greenhouse and nursery management:
An education combining horticulture and business courses prepares students for opportunities in propagation and production of potted crops, bedding plants, shrubs, trees and fresh flowers.
This field prepares students with artistic and design abilities to create functional and sustainable landscape environments.
Sports turf operations management:
This field prepares students for rewarding careers with professional sports organizations, school districts, colleges and university grounds departments, and municipal parks and recreation departments.
Opportunities abound in residential and commercial landscape care, from installation through maintenance of landscape environments.
Golf course management:
This unique program combines business, communications, hospitality and turf management courses to prepare the next generation of golf course superintendents and managers.
This option is intended for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree. Universities, state and federal agencies, and industries need trained scientists who can teach, conduct research, and communicate research findings to the public to increase the production and effective use of horticultural products.