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Prepare for a high-growth career

Horticulture is a blend of art, science, business, and technology, and students who choose this concentration graduate with deep knowledge of growing flowers and ornamentals to fruits and vegetables naturally in the field or in cutting-edge greenhouses.

When you pursue a concentration in horticulture, you’ll work with dedicated, passionate faculty members and have opportunities for transformative learning experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. However, most importantly you’ll graduate with the skills and experience you need for a rewarding, high-paying career. Your degree will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, from greenhouses and public gardens to landscaping companies, nurseries, and more. Visit our Career Opportunities page to learn more!

What is horticulture?

Horticulture is the science and art of growing and cultivating fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, sprouts, mushrooms, algae, flowers, seaweeds, non-food crops such as grass and ornamental trees and plants. It also includes plant conservation, landscape restoration, soil management, landscape and garden design, construction, and maintenance, and arboriculture. Horticulturists work to enhance plant growth, yield, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to diseases. The field encompasses a wide range of disciplines and practices, including plant breeding, crop production, post-harvest management, pest control, and landscaping.

Get hands-on at the Plantery

Right out our back door is the Plantery, which provides essential opportunities for hands-on learning experiences - in fact, every class we teach is engaged with the Plantery in some way. This one-of-a-kind resource includes our greenhouse, headhouse, nursery, polyhouse, sprout garden and teaching gardens.

Undergraduate programs   

Bachelor of Science in agriculture, concentration in horticulture

Students who pursue this concentration must complete all core agriculture coursework, plus advanced horticulture courses and electives. Whether you plan to run your own landscaping company, work for a public garden or nursery or go on to graduate school, you’ll graduate from SFA ready to blossom with a horticulture career.

*See the Undergraduate Course Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements.



Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Building
Room 101

Mailing Address:
PO Box 13000, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962