Horticulture is the science, artistry, business and technology used to produce specialty
crops for food and the beautification of the environment.
Why horticulture at OSU?
The opportunities for horticulture students are far-reaching and unique at OSU. This
includes learning sustainable practices with hands-on hydroponics or vertical growing
systems, gaining experiences related to plant production, maintenance, business practices
and client relations. Students also discover opportunities in arboriculture, turfgrass
science and public garden management through The Botanic Garden at OSU, which is an
outdoor learning laboratory.
From greenhouses, laboratories and landscapes, to global food security and eco-awareness,
horticulture connects people to the environment. Global dependence on technological
advancements and sustainable resource use will require knowledgeable persons to solve
the increasingly complex challenges which will arise in feeding our ever increasing
populations with limited resources, and creating and maintaining beautiful environments
in which to live.
Horticulture career opportunities are ever changing. Horticulture graduates are highly
marketable in a career field in which there is a shortage of well-trained graduates
to fill available positions.
Athletic field manager
Botanic garden director
Business sales representative
Community garden coordinator
Food processing specialist
Golf course superintendent
Lawn management specialist
Plant health inspector
$100KIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO UNDERGRAD STUDENTS
annually awarded by the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
"It’s really fun to be a plant nerd. I have a lot of fun explaining to other
people different plant systems and what they mean... I feel very valued in that sense."
- Katelyn Stenmark Franklinton, North Carolina
Horticulture students have the opportunity to travel abroad to experience global greenhouse
horticultural production. Countries explored include Belgium, France, Germany and
Hands-on laboratories are included in many courses, and students in the department
have the unique advantage of utilizing The Botanic Garden at OSU and the Water Conservation
and Irrigation Training Center. Additionally, all students in the department are required
to complete an internship prior to graduation.
OSU-developed turfgrasses can be found in ballparks and stadiums across the country
including OSU’s Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, OU’s Owen Field, Tennessee Titans’ Nissan
Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, Texas Rangers’ Global Life Park and
Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium.