Horticulture Major

Horticulture Major

Available at: Athens

Horticulture is a vast industry focused on the art and science of growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, ornamentals, herbs, spices and medicinal plants. Horticulture majors are trained in many aspects of plant science—including physiology, nutrition, identification, soils, pest control and design. Students in the Horticulture department reap the benefits of small class sizes, hands-on experience at our gardens and farms, teaching and research greenhouses, modern laboratories, nearby horticulture enterprises and learning from renowned faculty—many of whom are authors of widely-adopted textbooks.

What does a Horticulture Major Study?


View the required Horticulture courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.


To prepare for courses to earn a Horticulture degree we recommend you:

  • Volunteer at a local community garden
  • Participate in the Young Scholars Program
  • Work or volunteer in a nursery, greenhouse, local vegetable or fruit farms, garden center, farmer's market, golf course, public garden or landscape company

What can a Horticulture student do outside of class?

Hands-On Learning

  • Labs
  • Research in regular classes
  • Special Projects research
  • Growing vegetables and floricultural crops in classes
  • Exposure to industry technologies in production classes
  • Growing and sales for Horticulture Club
  • Service Learning Courses
    • HORT 3333S
    • HORT 3450S
    • HORT 4030S/6030S
    • HORT 4095S/6095S
  • Internships with greenhouses, nurseries, organic farms, community gardens and state and international organizations
  • Study abroad opportunities


What jobs can I get with a Horticulture degree?


Career Potential

  • Community food systems
  • Landscape contractor
  • Manage locally grown fruit and vegetable farms
  • Extension agent
  • Botanical gardens and public horticulture
  • Horticulture vocational agriculture
  • Teacher
  • Community forestry
  • Research Technician
  • Plant, seed, chemical and equipment sales
  • Peace Corps
  • Greenhouse or nursery grower
  • Golf course superintendent

Entry-Level Salary

$28,000 to $45,000


How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

Go to CAES Scholarships.

Go to Departmental and Professional Society Scholarships.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.

  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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