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Horticulture B.S.

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Degree Overview Open Accordion

See how this online bachelor's degree can prepare you to oversee successful horticultural operations, teaching you both the science and business of plant cultivation.

Earn your horticulture degree online

Horticulture is central to how humans survive and thrive on the planet — it feeds us, improves our mental and physical well-being, and creates the settings of our everyday lives. Yet, there are currently not enough skilled horticulturalists to meet growing needs for a safe and healthy food supply, and functional, scenic green spaces. By completing this online horticulture degree from Colorado State University, you can develop the knowledge and skills to nurture a healthier, more beautiful world, and pursue a career in an increasingly in-demand field.

Learn the science and business of growing plants

Growing and managing plants as a career requires you to understand both science and business, and this online horticulture bachelor's degree completion program emphasizes both of these areas. The curriculum spans the whole system of horticulture — the cycle from seed to product — ensuring you have a well-rounded background that will help you succeed in many facets of the green industry.

This program's horticulture science courses improve your understanding of plant growth, development, and environmental response, so you can better manage plant production and improve the quality and quantity of your yields. Specifically, you will learn about:

  • Plant identification
  • Pest management
  • Plant cultivation
  • Controlled environment agriculture

Additionally, agriculture-focused business courses train you in areas fundamental to managing a horticultural business. These courses focus on:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Law

Online learning in a hands-on fashion

Horticulture is by nature a hands-on field, and although this program is online, it provides plenty of active and engaging learning opportunities. Projects like developing greenhouse models and writing business plans give you the practical experience you need to succeed in the industry. Many careers in horticulture involve sales, management, and finance, and this program helps you build your skills in these areas through courses with an agricultural focus.

Faculty also make it a priority to facilitate frequent and meaningful conversations through email, online discussion forums, video chat, and other applications. This gives you the opportunity to learn in-depth from researchers and practitioners who are passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced in all aspects of horticulture. Additionally, with an average class size of 21 students, this online horticulture bachelor's degree program allows you to interact closely with your peers.

In addition to earning your horticulture degree, you have the option to further specialize your knowledge with a degree minor. Choose from nine minors, including:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Gerontology
  • Global and Environmental Sustainability
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300-400 level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:

CSU's composition requirement should be met in your first semester after admission.

Transfer students must satisfy CSU's admission requirement in mathematics.

Curriculum

The following curriculum is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the TransferologyTM website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU.

All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) – 31 credits

Students are strongly encouraged to select AUCC courses in consultation with their academic advisor. The following courses are required as part of the 31 required AUCC credits for the horticulture degree.

Horticultural Business Management – 12 credits

Horticulture Science – 12 credits

Upper-Division Horticulture – select 12 credits

Select any upper-division (300- to 400-level) HORT course not required or selected elsewhere in the program.

Upper-Division Agricultural Economics, Business, or Economics – 3 credits

    Select any upper-division (300- to 400-level) course not required or selected elsewhere in the program from the following subjects:

  • ACT, AREC, BUS, CIS, FIN, MGT, MKT, REL
    OR
    ECON 335

Upper-Division Bioagricultural Science and Pest Management – 5 credits

Additional Required Courses – 15-16 credits

Degree Minors Open Accordion

Grow your knowledge and focus on a topic that interests you. A degree minor can help you discover new passions and talents, and further specialize your education so you become more marketable to employers. Relevant courses often apply to both major and minor requirements, so a minor can be added without greatly changing your degree plan.

Courses already taken can apply to a minor regardless of when the minor is added to your student record. All minor requirements must be completed prior to graduation.

Undergraduate Minors

Agricultural Business

Build knowledge of production management, financial management, marketing management, international development, and trade through an agricultural lens. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Anthropology

Get a cross-cultural view of humanity and the broadly conceived dimensions of human behavior. You have the option to focus your anthropology studies on one or more sub-disciplinary divisions, including physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, or applied anthropology. To earn the minor, you must complete 22 credits from the following courses:

Business Administration

Computer Science

Add to your knowledge base and feel confident working with fields like computer programming, software development, cyber security, and more.

Required Lower Division Courses

Select one course from the following

Required Upper Division Courses

  • CS courses numbered 300 or above (12 cr.)

Program Total Credits: 24

Please note: Additional Math courses may be required depending on the 300/400 level courses that students choose.

Creative Writing

Explore creative writing in one or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition to broadening your writing repertoire, gain workshop experience at an advanced level. To earn this minor, you must complete a minimum of 21 credits in courses with E or CO subject codes, with at least 15 upper-division credits.

Required Courses

Select one group from the following

Fiction
Poetry
Nonfiction

Upper-Division Electives

Economics

Gain insight into current socioeconomic problems in the areas of resource allocation, inflation, unemployment, income distribution, environmental degradation, international trade, and monopoly power. This minor prepares you for careers in business management, teaching, government, banking, and public policy. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Gerontology

Prepare for a variety of careers in gerontology and develop an understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of adult development and aging. This interdisciplinary minor prepares you to fill the need for well-trained professionals to support aging adults, and can be paired with any CSU major.

Required Courses

Electives (3-6 credits)

Global and Environmental Sustainability

Prepare to meet today's pressing environmental challenges with this interdisciplinary minor offered by The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). Explore innovative research to understand how to solve problems that arise between humans and the environment. To earn your minor, you must complete 21 credits (12 upper-division credits) from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select one course from each group (A-D)

At least 3 credits must be upper-division (300-400 level). Courses may not satisfy two groups.

Group A: Society and Social Processes (select one)
Group B: Biological and Physical Processes (select one)
Group C: Economy and Profitability (select one)
Group D: Skills (select one)

Upper-Division Elective – select 3 upper-division credits from categories A-D with a subject code not previously taken (3 cr.)

History

Expand the breadth of your knowledge by earning an undergraduate minor in history. Choose from a range of courses based on your interests. This minor may be particularly useful for students who plan to pursue careers in education, public service, government, museums and archives, law, and other professions that require skills in research, writing, and the analysis of information. To earn the history minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses. (Note: You must complete at least 12 upper-division credits and 9 lower-division credits).

Select any 9 credits from the following

Select any 12 credits from the following

Horticulture

Growing and managing plants requires you to understand the science and the business of cultivation, and this online bachelor's degree minor emphasizes both. To earn the horticulture minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses.

Required courses (14 credits):

Select two courses (for a minimum of 7 credits) from the following:

Interdisciplinary Global Studies

Develop an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and peoples with courses in international and global history, politics, languages and cultures, economics, and environmental issues. To earn this minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select four courses below

One course from each category, 12 credits total with at least 9 credits in upper-division (300-400) coursework.

History, Politics, and Society
Languages and Cultures
Economy and Environment

Interdisciplinary Information Science and Technology

This interdisciplinary minor is sponsored by departments in different colleges across CSU: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, English and Journalism and Media Communication. The program is designed for students seeking a broad foundation in information technology, but not seeking to major in a specific information technology-related field. The program requires 21 credits and is open to students majoring in any field other than computer science, computer information systems, and electrical and computer engineering.

Required Course

Elective Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Program Total Credits: 21

Note: Nine credits must be from upper-division courses. A minimum of six credits must be completed from at least two subject codes.

Machine Learning

Media Studies

Understand the role and influence of mass media in American society and other cultures by studying media and film history, criticism, law, ethics, social effects, cultural consequences, and multicultural and international media issues. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Political Science

Gain a foundation in political theory and prepare for careers in law, teaching in the social sciences, journalism, and public service. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select six credits from the following

Select nine credits of upper division classes from the following

Science Communications

The minor in Science Communication is designed to educate highly qualified communicators who have interests in specialized academic disciplines and career fields. Because science often involves complicated research and processes, communicating the results of that work requires special skills. This program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of niche career opportunities in media, corporate communication, science-related industries, and scientific environments.

Required Courses

Select two courses from the following:

Sociology

How to Add a Minor

Please connect with your assigned advisor to request to add a minor. Note that you must apply and be admitted to the University for a bachelor's degree program before you can add a minor to your student record. Once you are admitted, one or more minors may be added to your student record.

Undergraduate Certificates

Spanish for Animal Health and Care

For students interested in working in animal science, veterinary medicine, or related fields, this certificate program teaches intermediate-level Spanish for use in agricultural and animal care settings. Learn to communicate in Spanish about livestock, equine, and small animal breeds, give directions for animal care and handling, issue instructions for safety and drug administration, and more.

Courses

Seed Science and Technology

Prepare for a career as a seed analyst with online courses in seed technology. These courses, led by Colorado State University and supported by three other major universities (Iowa State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Kentucky) and the Crop Science Society of America, offer a comprehensive overview of seed analysis, a technical skill requiring patience, attention to detail, and a scientific understanding of seed biology. After completion, you will be prepared to complete the examinations to become a Registered Seed Technologist.

Courses

Note: Additional study and testing is required to become a Certified Seed Analyst or Registered Seed Technologist.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

While an education may not be required for many entry-level jobs, more advanced, higher-paying horticulture careers require at least a bachelor's degree. When you earn your horticulture degree online with CSU, you gain scientific knowledge and business skills that will make you eligible for a wide variety of green industry jobs.

Potential job titles include:

  • Plant technician
  • Crew supervisor
  • Superintendent of operations
  • Sales person
  • Manger of propagation (garden center)
  • Inventory manager
  • Field supervisor
  • Landscape technician
  • Equipment operator
  • Grower manager
  • Greenhouse manager
  • Plant collections curator

Organizations that have a need for employees with an academic background in horticulture include:

  • Garden centers
  • City/county parks and recreation departments
  • CSAs
  • Nurseries
  • Public gardens
  • Landscape design firms
  • Greenhouses
  • Farms
  • Vineyards
Hear from Our Students Open Accordion
Heath J

Heath Jorgenson

“CSU made a promise and delivered. I also delivered by putting in the effort. I’m now working as a horticulture and gardens consultant for private estates on the barrier islands. I use my CSU education every single day on the job and in my own garden. I’m finally respected as a horticulturist. I would absolutely recommend this program.”



Why Choose CSU?

As a student in CSU's online horticulture bachelor's program, you receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus. Additionally, you can expect:

  • A Strong Foundation in Science: This degree is science-focused, giving you knowledge to not only cultivate and manage plants, but to deeply understand plant biology and physiology, and effectively investigate and solve problems.
  • Practical Business Training: Many careers in horticulture involve sales, management, and finance, and this program helps you build your skills in these areas through courses with an agricultural focus.
  • A Program Born from a Rich History: CSU is well known for its horticulture programs, which date back to the 1920s. This long-standing history has led to the attainment of highly qualified faculty, and strong relationships with industry and academic societies. These close ties keep faculty, and the curriculum they design, finely tuned to the topics and techniques most relevant to industry today.
  • A Quality Learning Experience: With an average class size of 21 students, this program gives you the opportunity to interact closely with your instructors and your peers.
  • Convenience and Flexibility: The online format allows you to earn your degree from a reputable research university while maintaining a busy work schedule and personal life.

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How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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Planning to transfer credits from another college or university? Please review our FAQ page, then complete a Tentative Transfer Evaluation Form to see how your prior credits may transfer.

1 Review Admission Requirements

  • Previous college credit may be transferred into the online horticulture bachelor's degree program, and minimum credits required can vary depending on previous coursework completed.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 cumulative GPA preferred) from all coursework previously completed*
  • Satisfy admission requirement in mathematics
  • High school graduation or equivalent

* A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Additional information may be required for international applicants. Please connect with a coach to learn more.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Morgan Parsley
Phone: (970) 682-7251
Email: Morgan Parsley

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Horticulture—online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

Questions? Call (970) 682-7251 or email Morgan Parsley.

Questions?

We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Morgan Parsley
Horticulture B.S.
Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

Courses
Credits
120
Tuition
$476 per credit
Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study and previous coursework

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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