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What is horticulture?

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?

Horticulture connects people to the environment, from greenhouses, laboratories and landscapes, to global food security and eco-awareness. You will study how to create and maintain a beautiful, sustainable environment in which to live, work and play.

Career paths

Horticulture graduates are highly marketable in a career field in which there is a shortage of well-trained graduates to fill available positions. Graduates can look forward to working in one or more of the following fields:


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Study abroad

In horticulture, you will have the opportunity to travel abroad to experience global greenhouse horticultural production. Countries explored include Belgium, France, Germany and Holland. 

Real-world experience

Hands-on laboratories are included in many courses, and you will have the unique advantage of utilizing the Greenhouse Learning Center, The Botanic Garden at OSU, and the Water Conservation and Irrigation Training Center. All students in the department are also required to complete an internship prior to graduation.

In-house design

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, Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium and Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium. 

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