Major and Areas of Emphasis

Major in Horticulture (BSA Degree)

The Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture provides a strong background in plant sciences complimented by technical courses designed to provide graduates with the knowledge to purse their dream horticulture career. The horticulture degree provides a background in the science of plant growth and development, as well as management of economic crops and enterprises. Many horticulture courses provide experiential and service learning. The curriculum provides flexibility to allow students to specialize in areas related to career and personal goals, or complete a second degree, or complete one of many certificate programs offered at UGA. Within the degree, students can focus on areas such as sustainable food production, landscape contracting, and greenhouse/nursery production.

For the first two years, students follow a standard science core supplemented with foundation horticulture courses. In the second two years, students select from a wide range of courses in horticulture and related disciplines to provide a balance of science and technical skills.


Areas of Emphasis

UGA uses the term Areas of Emphasis for structured programs of study, much as the terms concentration or track are used. Students can choose an area of emphasis, or remain in the general program of study. In either case, there is a high degree of flexibility on courses and elective to allow students to create a course of study that suits their interests.

The Areas of Emphasis are described below:

General Horticulture

The general horticulture emphasis permits a broader range of study. Students take courses in fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and greenhouse crops. Graduates find careers at garden centers, nurseries, greenhouses, theme parks and botanical gardens. Others become plant inspectors, county agents and horticultural instructors.

Landscape Contracting

The landscape contracting emphasis focuses on ornamental plants and landscape design, installation and maintenance. Graduates may secure careers as landscape contractors, garden designers, golf course superintendents, garden center managers, urban foresters and other related professions.

Sustainable Food Production

The sustainable food production emphasis provides students with an understanding of how to grow fruits and vegetables using organic and other sustainable practices. Students may take courses outside the department to learn about animals, field crops and aquaculture, as well as the many social aspects of sustainable food systems. Graduates find opportunities as farm managers or community garden coordinators, and some operate their own small farms.

Horticultural Science

The horticultural science emphasis is designed specifically to prepare students for graduate study in the sciences with a foundation in horticulture. Students take a range of horticulture courses as well as courses in subjects like statistics, chemistry, and genetics to prepare them for master's and Ph.D. programs in horticulture and related fields.

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.