Turn your green thumb into a Career in Horticulture: You'll Do That Here.

Agriculture, like most of our world, has changed dramatically and is infinitely more complex than most people can imagine. Today, most agriculture is seen as a technology-based industry that includes production, agriscience and agribusiness. Not only are agriculture graduates in demand to produce food, but also to package and transport it, market it, regulate its production and finance it.

The horticulture option provides you with experience in ornamentals, fruits and vegetable production, turf and golf maintenance, landscape design and maintenance, viticulture, nursery production, greenhouse management and other areas.

Horticulture students also take a variety of business courses, so you are just as versed in running a business as they are the specific ag courses you’ll take such as horticulture crop production, viticulture, strategic urban horticulture, and turfgrass management.

What You’ll Do

  • Learn horticulture crop production, greenhouse, nursery, and turfgrass management, viticulture, plant propagation, strategic urban horticulture, advanced horticulture technologies, soils, pest management, landscape design and plant pathology.
  • Gain valuable experience by completing an internship or research project.
  • Work closely with dedicated faculty who are experts in the industry.
  • Enjoy working at the largest student-run commercial greenhouse in the country.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Agriculture report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $68k  

    Farmer, Rancher, and Other Agricultural Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a farmer, rancher, and other agricultural manager is $68,090.   

  • $71k  

    Landscape Architect 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a landscape architect is $70,630.

  • $69k  

    Agricultural and Food Scientist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an agricultural and food scientist is $68,830.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

What You'll Study

As a horticulture major, you’ll be prepared for green jobs that include sustainable food horticulture to greenhouse management and more. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, the General Education program, and 39 senior division hours (300-599).

Agribusiness Core – 71 hours – No Minor Required

  • AG111 Agribusiness Orientation (1)
  • AG140 Communicating in Agriculture (3)
  • AG208 Agriculture Bus Data Analysis (3)
  • AG245 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AG250 Agribusiness Management (3)
  • AG334 Agribusiness Finance (3)
  • AG340 Agriculture Safety (3)
  • AG355 Agriculture Seminar (2)
  • AG381 Agribusiness Management II (3)
  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AG447 Mktg of Agri Products (3)
  • AG465 Agriculture Internship (3-6)
  • AG469 Undergrad Research (3)
  • AG470 Agribusiness Sales (3)
  • AO120 Plant Science (3)
  • AO125 Plant Science Lab (1)
  • AY101 Animal Science (3)
  • HO110 Intro to Horticulture (3)



Horticulture Option

Required Courses:
  • AO215 Soils (3)
  • AO323 Plant Pathology (3)
  • HO215 Practical Horticulture Experiences (2)
  • HO225 Identification and Use of Deciduous Plants (2)
  • HO235 Identification and Use of Evergreen Plants (2)
  • HO245 Identification and Use of Interiorscape and Tropical Plants (2)
  • HO255 Identification and Use of Annual and Perennial Plants (2)
Choose 14 Hours From:
  • AG551 Water Management (3)
  • AO322 Weed Science (3)
  • HO215 Practical Horticulture Experiences (2) (repeatable up to 4 credits)
  • HO310 Alternative Agriculture (3)
  • HO320 Nursery Administration and Culture (3)
  • HO321 Advanced Plant Propagation (3)
  • HO330 Strategic Landscape Design (3)
  • HO342 Production of Horticultural Crops (3)
  • HO350 Advanced Greenhouse Management (4)
  • HO355 Interior Plantscaping (3)
  • HO430 Advanced Turfgrass Management (3)
  • HO431 Landscape Installation and Maintenance (3)
  • HO445 Composting and Utilization in Horticultural Systems (3)
  • HO450 Vineyard Operations (3)
  • HO464 Hydroponics and Horticulture Technologies (3)
  • HO470 Regenerative Urban Agriculture (3)
  • UI436 Agricultural Ethics (3)


Additional Requirements:

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.
  • CH181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
  • CH184/185 General Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1) 
  • AO120/125 (4) 
  • AY101 (3)
  • HO110 (3)
  • HO225 (2)
  • HO235 (2) 

Spring Semester (17 Hours)     

  • EN100 (3)
  • AG111 (1)
  • AG208 (3) 
  • AG245 (3) 
  • HO245 (2)
  • HO255 (2)
  • MA116/155 (3)

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (12-13 Hours) 

  • CH181/184/185 (4-5) 
  • HO215 (2) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)    

  • AC221 or AG381 (3) 
  • AG140 (2) 
  • AG250 (3) 
  • AO215/015 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • Horticulture Elective (3)
  • Horticulture Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • AG334 (3) 
  • Horticulture Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • AG447 (3) 
  • AO323 (3) 
  • Horticulture Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (13-14 Hours)  

  • AG355 (2)
  • AG470 (3)
  • Horticulture Elective (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3) 

Summer Session (3 hours)

  • AG465/469 (3)

Paying for College

Your hard work can pay off big because the Department of Agriculture offers about $650,000 in scholarships to students.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Hands-on Learning

There’s no better way to learn than by getting your hands dirty, and you’ll do just that at SEMO. From digging in the dirt at our greenhouse to working with animals at the Agriculture Research Center, you’ll get real-world experience from day one.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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