BS Degree and Pathways

Major in Horticulture (BSA Degree)

The Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture provides a strong background in plant sciences, complimented with technical courses providing graduates with the knowledge to purse their dream horticulture career. The horticulture degree teaches the science of plant growth and development, as well as the management of economic crops and enterprises. Many horticulture courses incorporate experiential and service learning as a way to learn by doing.

For the first two years, horticulture students follow a standard science core supplemented with foundation horticulture courses. In the second two years, horticulture students select from a wide range of courses in horticulture and related disciplines to provide a balance of science and technical skills. Students transferring from other UGA programs, or from other USG schools, will find the horticulture program very transfer friendly. Students transferring from out of state or non-USG schools should refer to our curriculum and the UGA Transfer Equivalency website.


The horticulture curriculum is flexibile, allowing students to focus on subjects related to career and personal goals. Horticulture majors can often complete a second degree, or complete one of many certificate programs offered at UGA. Here is a printable curriculum guide that provides prospective horticulture students sample curriculum outline. For a detailed list of required courses and options, please refer to the Major in UGA Bulletin and Course Requirements pages of the UGA Bulletin.

Below are descriptions of just a few possible pathways for horticulture majors. Most of the classes listed are either required options or can be taken as horticulture electives.


Horticulture Student Pathways


Sustainable and Organic Food Production

CRSS 4020S/6020S Social Sustainability in Agricultural and Food Systems (3)
ENTO 3010 Bees, Beekeeping, and Pollinator Conservation (3)
FISH 4550/6550-4550L/6550L Sustainable Aquaculture (4)
HORT 3200 Hydroponics (3)
HORT 3300 Organic Gardening (3)
HORT 3920 UGArden Internship (3)
HORT 4030/6030S Sustainable Community Food Production (3)
HORT 4125/6125 Organic Agriculture Systems (3)
HORT 4920/920 Organic Horticulture Entrepreneurship (3)

Greenhouse-Nursery Management

HORT 3510 Perennial Plant Identification 1 (2)
HORT 3520 Perennial Plant Identification 2 (2)
HORT 4050/6050 Greenhouse Management (3)
HORT 3200 Hydroponics (3)
HORT 3930 Trial Garden Internship (3)
HORT 4630/6630 Nursery Management (3)
HORT 4590/6590 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3)

Botanical Gardens and Public Horticulture

HORT 3720 Wood Plant Identification (4)
HORT 3510 Perennial Plant Identification 1 (2)
HORT 3520 Perennial Plant Identification 2 (2)
HORT 4050/6050 Greenhouse Management (3)
HORT 4030/6030S Sustainable Community Food Production (3)
HORT 3030-3030 Floral Design and Management (3)
HORT 3920 UGArden Internship (3)
HORT 3930 Trial Garden Internship (3)
HORT 3940S Botanical Garden Internship (3)

Medicinal Herbs

ANTH 4300/6300 Ethnobotany (3)
PBIO 3010 Fungi Friends and Foes (3)
HORT 3510 Perennial Plant Identification 1 (2)
HORT 3520 Perennial Plant Identification 2 (2)
HORT 3440 or 3440E Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants (3)
HORT 3920 UGArden Internship (Herbs) (3)
HORT 4015 Herb Production (3)

Urban Forestry

FORS 3010 Dendrology (3)
HORT 3720 Wood Plant Identification (4)
COFA 5001 Urban Tree Management I (3)
COFA 5300-5300L Community Soils & Site Development (4)
COFA 5010-5010L Urban Tree Management II (4)
COFA 5500 Community Forest Management (3)
COFA 4650 Community Forestry & Arboriculture Practicum (3)

Landscape Contracting

AGCM 3820E Branding and Marketing for Agricultural Communication (3)
CRSS 3270 Turfgrass Management (3)
COFA 5001 Urban Tree Management I (3)
HORT 3720 Wood Plant Identification (4)
HORT 3510 Perennial Plant Identification 1 (2)
HORT 3520 Perennial Plant Identification 2 (2)
HORT 4090/6090 Sustainable Landscape Management (3)
PATH 4360/6360 Ornamental Pest Management (3)

STEM

CHEM 1212 Chemistry II (4)
BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II (4)
BIOL 4300W Biological Sciences Scientific Research Writing (3)
PBIO 4650/6650 Plant Taxonomy (4)
GENE 3200 Genetics (3)
HORT 4140/6140 Plant Breeding (3)
PHYS 1111 Elementary Physics (4)
HORT 4590/6590 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3)
HORT 4960R Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research I (3)

Pre-Med

CHEM 1212/l General Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 2211/L Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CHEM 2212/L Organic Chemistry II (4)
BIOL 1107/L General Biology II (4)
PHYS 1111, or PHYS 1211/L Physics I (4)
PHYS 1112/L or 1212/L Physics II (4)
BCMB 3100 or BCMB 4010 & 4020 (4)


Double Dawgs

The Double Dawgs program was created to give ambitious and motivated students a competitive advantage in today’s knowledge economy. It allows outstanding UGA undergraduate students to get a head start on an MS degree by counting a limited number of courses (up to 12 credit hours) towards both the BS and MS degree in Horticulture.

Double Dawgs


Dr. Ruter teaches a class in the trial gardens.
Horticulture students show off poinsettias.
Horticulture students practice mycology at UGArden.
Student researches in laboratory.