Horticultural Science graduates conduct research to discover new information about plant growth, development, and environmental response. This research can lead to new plant varieties and production methods. The curriculum consists of a solid foundation in the basic natural sciences as well as in agricultural sciences and prepares students for technical and scientific careers in laboratory, greenhouse, or field research. Exceptional students participate in individual research projects coordinated by professors. Graduates in this area often continue their education.

Effective Fall 2015

AGRI 192 or 292Orientation to Agricultural Systems
Transfer Seminar
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
HORT 100Horticultural Science3A4
MATH 1261Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
Arts and Humanities3B6
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 31
BUS 150 or CS 110Business Computing Concepts and Applications
Personal Computing
HORT 260Plant Propagation 4
PH 121General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A5
PH 122General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A5
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Advanced Writing23
 Total Credits 29-30
BZ 440Plant Physiology 3
Select one group from the following: 5-8
Group A:
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry  
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Group B:
Modern Organic Chemistry I  
Modern Organic Chemistry II  
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics 3
STAT 301Introduction to Statistical Methods 3
Horticulture Electives2 5
Electives2 0-3
 Total Credits 30
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry 4
BSPM 302Applied and General Entomology 2
BSPM 303BEntomology Laboratory: Horticultural 1
BSPM 361Elements of Plant Pathology 3
Select one from the following: 3-4
Greenhouse Management4B 
Plant Breeding4B 
HORT 454Horticulture Crop Production and Management4A,4C2
HORT 476Environmental Plant Stress Physiology 3
HORT 495Independent Study 2
Horticulture Electives2 6
Electives2 3-4
 Total Credits 29-30
 Program Total Credits: 120

The equivalent to MATH 117, MATH 118, and MATH 125, if needed, may be taken using elective credits.


Students must select at least 13 credits of upper division (300- to 400-level) horticulture elective and/or free elective courses to bring the program total of upper division credits to a minimum of 42. Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to 120 credits.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   1
Orientation to Agricultural Systems    
Transfer Seminar    
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)  3A4
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
HORT 100Horticultural Science  3A4
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1)  1B1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Business Computing Concepts and Applications    
Personal Computing    
PH 121General Physics I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
BZ 120 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HORT 260Plant Propagation   4
PH 122General Physics II (GT-SC1)  3A5
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Advanced Writing  23
CHEM 113 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   5
Group A:    
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry    
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory    
Group B:    
Modern Organic Chemistry I    
Modern Organic Chemistry II    
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory    
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics   3
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 440Plant Physiology   3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
STAT 301Introduction to Statistical Methods   3
Horticulture Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   5
CHEM 245 and CHEM 341 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry   4
BSPM 302Applied and General EntomologyX  2
BSPM 303BEntomology Laboratory: HorticulturalX  1
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Greenhouse Management  4B 
Plant Breeding  4B 
HORT 495Independent Study   2
Horticulture Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BSPM 361Elements of Plant PathologyX  3
HORT 454Horticulture Crop Production and ManagementX 4A,4C2
HORT 476Environmental Plant Stress PhysiologyX  3
Horticulture Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  4
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120