The Horticulture major is designed for students in USU’s regional campus system along the Wasatch Front. It is targeted to the field of ornamental horticulture and will prepare students for careers in arboriculture, nursery production, landscape management, greenhouse crop production, and related green industries. The curriculum is focused on the application of horticultural principles, including weed, insect, and disease control; soils; crop production; plant biology; and others. The degree is distinct from the Plant Science BS offered on the Logan campus by having less emphasis on the science of crop production.
Success rates for students in the green industry after graduation are high. Examples of career opportunities include:
- Orchard, greenhouse, or nursery management
- Golf course or parks superintendent
- Private businesses in irrigation equipment sales
- Garden center, seed, and chemical sales
- Agricultural production
- Owning or managing farm-related businesses
- Agricultural product sales
- Working for nurseries and greenhouses
- Owning private landscaping businesses
- Designing gardens, lawns, and other small landscapes
- Designing and landscaping for private residences and businesses
The Utah Department of Workforce Services describes these positions as having a good employment outlook and relatively high wages. The department also describes the field as having faster than average employment growth with a high volume of annual job openings. With the expected population growth in the state, increased demands on horticulture crop production and urban landscapes will require expertise in this field obtained in the BS in Horticulture.
Students can receive industry certification and prepare for license tests while pursuing the Horticulture degree including the State of Utah Pesticide Applicators License, the Certified Nursery Professional through the Utah Nursery & Landscape Association, or Certified Arborist. As an example, all students who successfully complete PSC 2200 Pest Management Principles and Practices are also certified by the state as pesticide applicators.
Labs, Centers, Research
Internships: The program requires at least one internship experience working in a position in your area of interest and study. This experience not only teaches concepts not possible in the classroom, but gets students introduced to the career and ability to network with future employers.
Utah Botanical Center: The UBC, located in Kaysville, Utah, is home to research and demonstration projects focused on sustainable living in the Intermountain West. Studies of water conservation, horticulture, water quality enhancement, wetland ecology, integrated pest management, urban forestry, agriculture, fish and wildlife, highway enhancement, and storm-water management combine to make the center a living laboratory.