Horticulture

The Horticulture department at Auburn University has been recognized nationally for its research programs, its student-centered faculty members and the high rate of employment of its graduates.

Horticulture majors at Auburn University learn how to establish, propagate, harvest and manage fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. They also learn the principles of landscape design to create and manage aesthetically pleasing environments.

Horticulture is a multi-billion-dollar industry that offers a wide variety of career choices.

Quick facts

Offers comprehensive job placement services for all of its graduates and for former students who wish to relocate.  Has unmatched record among Horticulture Departments in placing all graduates who seek careers in horticulture.  Graduates typically have from three to twenty job offers.

Offer an internship program that is the largest in the College of Agriculture.  Horticulture students are able to intern with major horticulture enterprises all over the United States and even some do internships overseas.

Tracks

Auburn's Horticulture department offers three areas of specialization: Landscape Horticulture, Pre-Landscape Architecture/Landscape Horticulture, Nursery and Greenhouse Science and Fruit and Vegetable Production.

In the Landscape Horticulture emphasis, students learn to use design elements and plant materials to create pleasing environments. Graduates with backgrounds in landscape horticulture are qualified to design, install and maintain residential and commercial landscapes. Landscape horticulturists may also develop plans for interior landscapes and can do interior installations and maintenance.

The Pre-Landscape Architecture/Landscape Horticulture curriculum is for students who have an interest in pursuing a Master's of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) after finishing their Bachelor of Science in Landscape Horticulture.

Students interested in landscaping and plant production can choose the Nursery and Greenhouse option. Students learn the skills necessary to grow container and field grown ornamentals, florist crops, and bedding plants. Graduatesof this track have expertise in plant propagation, fertilization, pest management,and disease identification as well as marketing and shipping of plants.

Fruit and Vegetable Production prepares students for careers involving the propagation and management of fruits and vegetables. Many graduates will work in the areas of research or extension or with commercial vegetable, fruit and nut producers and processors.

Horticulture Curriculum Model

Careers

  • Horticulture/Garden Writer
  • Sales Representative
  • Landscape Designer
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Floral Crop Marketer
  • Floral Designer
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Arborist
  • Urban or Park Horticulturist
  • Home and Commercial Lawn Care Manager
  • Teacher
  • Plant Breeder

Employers

  • Commercial Greenhouses
  • Bedding Plant Producers
  • Florists
  • Seed Companies
  • Commercial Nurseries
  • Landscape Contractors
  • Garden Centers
  • Arboretums
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Park Districts
  • Golf Courses
  • Commercial Lawn Care Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Fruit and Vegetable Growers
  • Produce Distributors
  • Universities and High Schools
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Research Agencies
  • Extension Services
  • Supply Companies

Contact

To learn more about Horticulture, contact Student Services or visit the Horticulture website.

Last Updated: May 14, 2013

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