Minor and Certificates
Minor in Horticulture
The Minor in Horticulture provides students from across campus to take a block of horticulture courses to supplement their degree. It is common for students to take one horticulture course as an elective, get hooked, and decide to pursue a minor if it is too late for them to switch to horticulture altogether. Many find the opportunity to take hands-on courses, get outdoors, and learn about the plant world an excellent use of their elective course time. A number of students have used the horticulture minor as a springboard to a career in horticulture or advanced study.
The horticulture minor provides a broad background in horticulture with a lot of flexibility. On average, students take a total 15 or more, if interested, hours of directed coursework. Horticulture minors are insured preferred access to popular courses that often fill before the start of the semester.
A certificate provides an opportunity to focus on a selected list of courses, often across many disciplines. UGA offers numerous certificates that are described on the Certificates page of the Bulletin. There are many certificates that can help Horticulture students build a more diverse and varied skill set to complement their degree and work experience. Every certificate has a specific list of course requirements and is coordinated by faculty member in the certificate host department. Students enroll in certificates and apply for confirmation of completion in Athena, just like with degree and minor selection.
Some typical certificate programs pursed by horticulture majors are:
- International Agriculture
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Local Food Systems
Minors in Support of a Horticulture Degree
Through careful selection of electives, students majoring in Horticulture can often fulfill requirements for minors and certificates without extending graduation time. Students with an interest in these programs are encouraged to discuss their interest with their advisor early on in their college career. Students declare their interest to obtain a minor or certificate through UGA Athena, similar to degree selection. And just like degree completion, students must apply to receive acknowledgment of completion of both minors and certificates by the respective advisors.
Horticulture majors often supplement their degree with a related minor. Some horticulture-related minors include: