Studying Horticulture at Georgia
Horticulture is at the nexus of many of the solutions for problems facing the world today. Horticulture is sustainably growing fruits, vegetables and medicinal herbs to feed and heal a hungry population. Horticulture is rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, and hydroponics to conserve water in greenhouses, nurseries, and home landscapes. Horticulture is mapping genes, breeding, and cloning to help plants grow more efficiently, look prettier, and resist pests. Horticulture is using new technologies like LED lighting and environmental sensors to save energy and grow plants in new places, like outer space. Horticulture is preserving and protecting our native plant ecosystems. Horticulture crops brighten our day with fresh bouquets and colorful landscapes. Horticulture is helping others, at home, and around the world, who are less fortunate. Horticulture is a starting point for an exciting career and life-long pursuit that will stay with you no matter where in the world you go and whichever path your life takes.
In horticulture classes you will…
- Take labs where students conduct experiments, collect data, think critically
- Go on field trips to nearby farms, nurseries and landscapes
- Conduct independent research for credit, with a faculty mentor
- Grow plants in our greenhouses, plant vegetables at UGArden, prune trees at our farm
- Grow and sell vegetables and herbs in our entrepreneurship class
- Learn growing and sales with the Horticulture Club semi-annual plant sale
- Serve the local community in one of our service-learning courses or through UGArden
- Participate in one of many student clubs and organizations
- Work an internship to gain valuable resume experience and decide your path
- Study Away in another country for a single course, or entire semester.
Degree requirements are outlined in the UGA Bulletin. Students take mostly the basic science core for the first two years and then focus on horticulture courses for their remaining years, though at least one to two horticulture courses are taken each semester to help define your interests and goals.