The UGA Horticulture Department offers a variety of courses of interest to students pursing a degree in horticulture, those supplementing their degree with a horticulture minor or certificate, and those students just interested in learning about plants. Many students majoring or minoring in horticulture began with one class and got hooked on our hands-on approach to learning the scientific aspects of plant growth and management. Our students enjoy growing plants, taking field trips, and working on our farms. Below is a summary of the courses offered.
You will see many classes with words like environment and sustainability in the title. That is because horticulture is at the nexus of some of the most pressing global issues of today. Our students don’t just talk about problems - they learn how to solve them to make the world a better place to live. We also offer special problems courses in which students can work one-on-one with a favorite faculty to plan and conduct research or participate in special activities, like the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.
For a full description of the courses listed below, including a syllabus, visit the UGA Bulletin. Note: The Bulletin lists all courses recently taught, some of which are only offered periodically, or based on need. The current list of active courses is arranged below by general topical areas within horticulture. These courses are active and offered on a regular basis.
Horticulture Science Perspectives of Sustainable Plant Production
Study of the biological, cultural, and environmental factors which influence the sustainable production of plants for human use.
Professional behavior, resume writing, interviewing, and student oral presentations on horticultural topics.
Understanding and Communicating with the Latino Community in the Green Industry
Introduction to cross-cultural communication with the Hispanic/Latino community on horticulture-related topics. Use of basic green industry content-specific Spanish phrases, diversity and commonalities of Latino cultures and cultural values. Applied service-learning and other interactions with Latinos on projects related to the green industry.
Wonderful World of Horticulture Plants
Horticultural plant classification, nomenclatures, common identification characteristics, and utilization of vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, flowers, herbs, spices, and beverage plants.
Inheritance of Plant Traits
An introduction to the inheritance of important horticultural and agronomic traits, the genetic composition of cultivars, and accessions and seed propagation.
Practical work experience in the operations and management of horticultural enterprises.
Botanical Garden Internship
Students assist in the operation of the botanical garden's programs in horticultural design and maintenance, native plant nursery production, plant conservation, and public education under the direction of the faculty instructor and garden staff. Students receive frequent instruction, but often work independently or in small groups.
Professional Horticulture Practices
Overview of professional horticultural practices such as crop planning, bidding, contract supervision, budgeting, and record keeping.
HORT (PBGG)(CRSS) 4140/6140
Fundamental principles and theories utilized in the science of plant breeding and cultivar development and the role breeding plays in crop improvement.
HORT 4430/6430 or 4430E/6430E
Designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the basic principles of plant physiology, including water relations, solute and phloem transport, photosynthesis and respiration, plant genomes, regulation of plant gene expression, phytohormone biology, and plant growth and development.
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Soil conditions affecting availability of plant nutrients; methods of determining soil fertility and insufficiency of plant nutrients in soils, and interpretation of chemical and biological measurements as related to fertility maintenance and good soil management.
Discover the Wonderful World of Plants and Pollinators
Discussion of the impact of urban systems on pollinator health and the active role citizens can play in protecting pollinators. Students will receive training on plant and pollinator insect identification to better understand pollinator-plant interactions, the importance of reducing pesticide inputs, and creating a coexisting pollinator and plant habitat in the urban matrix.
Agricultural Biotechnology (Tifton Campus only)
Structure/manipulation of DNA and inheritance of genes, the current impact of biotechnology on crop production and animal agriculture. Regulatory, intellectual property, environmental, and market issues specific to transgenic crops.
Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research I
Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, synthesize, and interpret data and to present results in writing and other relevant communication formats.
Environmental Issues in Horticulture
Environmental issues of concern to the horticulture industry. Discussion topics include water quality, water conservation practices, pesticides and pest management practices, solid waste disposal and usage, the role of agriculture in global climate change.
Food, Herbs, and Flowers
Introduction to Vegetable Crops
Botany, general culture, and use of major vegetable crops.
Introduction to Fruit Crops
Botanical description, geographic distribution, general culture, and culinary uses of the world's major fruit crops.
Floral Design and Management
An introduction to floral design and management, including the principles and elements of design. Students apply the principles of design and management through laboratory activities. Students explore industry scope and potential. The principles of biology will be applied in the preservation and quality characteristics of floral products.
Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region
An introduction to the historical and cultural significance of wine production, botany and general culture of grapevines, winemaking and enology, wine appreciation, and the health risks and benefits associated with wine consumption.
History and principles of organic production and issues of sustainability in growing horticultural crops, with an emphasis on science-based practices. Students will participate in experiential and service-learning gardening activities outside of class.
HORT(BTNY)(ANTH) 3440 or 3440E
Herbs & Medicinal Plants
Historical and contemporary significance of herbs, spices, and medicinal plants in human culture and commerce; chemical and biological characteristics; commercial production techniques; application in modern and traditional medical systems.
Participation in the management and operation of a small-scale, sustainable horticulture farm in a structured learning environment.
A field-based course covering cultural practices, post-harvest handling, and processing of herbs, with a focus on medicinal herbs grown in Georgia. Much of the content is delivered through audio lectures, readings, and videos available on the eLC, with class time utilized primarily for hands-on activities. Class time will be spent planting and growing medicinal herbs, drying and processing herbs, field trips to labs and local farms, and making herbal products.
Sustainable Community Food Production
Different dimensions of urban food systems (fruits, vegetables, herbs) from a production perspective. Discussion will include food security, environmental considerations, health and social aspects, and economic implications. A review of current research, field trips to local urban farms, guest speakers and hands-on, service-learning activities working with local community garden projects.
Organic Agricultural Systems
Philosophy, policies, and practices related to organic agriculture, including the history and development of organic agriculture, current USDA National Organic Program standards, fundamental crop management techniques (horticultural focus), and the organic market. Practical experiences, such as growing crops and sampling methods, are integrated with lecture material.
Organic Horticulture Entrepreneurship
Students will manage organic enterprises from planning to production to marketing. Students will work independently or in teams under guidance of the director and staff at UGArden. Weekly meetings will be held for lectures, training, and project updates. Students will gain real-world experience in organic production and business management.
Hydroponics and Protected and Controlled Environment Horticulture
An overview of the principles and practices of agricultural systems that modify the natural environment in order to enhance and optimize crop production. Manipulation of the crop microenvironment via current technologies and the effects on plant growth will be explored through lecture material, hands-on crop management, and case studies. The emphasis will be on edible horticultural crops and will cover both soil and soilless growing methods, including hydroponics.
Conserving Native Plants
Role of botanical gardens and partners worldwide in protecting imperiled plant species, managing invasive species, restoring threatened plant communities, and enhancing biodiversity.
Herbaceous Perennials I
Identification and environmental needs of herbaceous perennials.
Herbaceous Perennials II
Identification and environmental needs of herbaceous ornamental perennials.
Principles and practices for increasing plant numbers with emphasis on the anatomical and physiological basis for various methods.
Woody Landscape Plant Identification and Use
Identification and use of woody plants in the landscape.
Greenhouse Management I
Principles and practices of the production of greenhouse pot plants, bedding plants, and cut flowers. Emphasis placed on production practices, environmental and operational management, and cost estimation.
Landscape installation and maintenance.
Locating, operating, and managing retail and wholesale nurseries.