Considering Horticulture as a Major?

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
  • rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, and hydroponics to conserve water in greenhouses, nurseries, and home landscapes
  • mapping genes, breeding, and cloning to help plants grow more efficiently, look prettier, and resist pests
  • using new technologies like LED lighting and environmental sensors to save energy and grow plants in new places, like outer space
  • preserving and protecting our native plant ecosystems
  • a brighter day with fresh bouquets and colorful landscapes
  • helping others, at home, and around the world, who are less fortunate
  • 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

Hands-On Learning

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 with at least one or two courses in Horticulture to help define or determine interests and goals.
  • During years three and four, students focus on horticulture courses for their remaining years.