Contact information:
Sven Verlinden, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
Division of Plant & Soil Sciences
2094 Agricultural Sciences Building
P.O. Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
(304) 293-2944
Fax: (304) 293-2960





More information about the Horticulture Program can be found by visiting their website at:

What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is the science of the production, processing and marketing of fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and landscape crops. Students in the Horticulture Program in the Davis College study the physiology, culture, harvest, quality control, sales and utilization of horticultural crops. The nature of horticulture has changed as areas become more urban, and the program focuses on landscape management and production of nursery and greenhouse plants, which help meet the aesthetic needs in growing urban environments.

Where do Horticulturists work?

Horticulture positions include:

  • Garden center managers
  • Greenhouse management
  • Soil fertility laboratories
  • Golf courses
  • Government agencies
  • Plant breeding companies
  • Horticulture education and research

Beginning salaries range from $30,000 to $35,000.

What do Horticulturists do?

Horticulturists enjoy a wide variety of jobs and are involved in careers listed below:

  • Garden center manager
  • Golf course manager
  • Government agencies
  • Greenhouse manager
  • Plant breeders develop new cultivars for commercial markets

An Undergraduate curriculum to prepare you for your career

Sample core classes in the major include the following:

  • Plant propagation
  • Garden center management
  • Greenhouse management
  • Soil fertility
  • Handling and storage of horticulture crops
  • Principles of weed control
  • Woody plant materials
  • Introduction to landscape architecture
  • Landscape management
  • Entomology
  • Agriculture and resource economics
  • Tree fruits
  • Herbaceous/wood plant material
  • Vegetable crops

General Course Requirements

  • English (6 hrs)
  • Writing Course (3 hrs)
  • Basic Math and Science (19 hrs)
  • General Electives (22 hrs)
  • Required Major Courses (45 hrs)
  • Free Electives (18 hrs)
  • Area of Emphasis (Landscape Management or Production) (15 hrs)
    Total Credit Hours—128