May 23, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Horticultural Science, B.S.

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The Horticultural Science degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the production and management of plants and soils for food, fiber, forage, oil, recreation, landscaping and the enhancement of the human environment. Graduates have the technical and scientific skills as well as the communication, computational, leadership, and interpersonal capabilities necessary to function effectively as professionals. Careers are as diverse as they are challenging. Both options prepare graduates for specific professional opportunities.


Students pursuing a Horticultural Science degree may choose from two Options:

  • Horticultural Plant Production and Management
  • Horticulture and Plant Science

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours with at least 45 credit hours from courses at the 300 level or above. A 2.0 grade-point standing (on a 4.0 scale) is necessary and remedial courses may not be counted toward the total hours required for the degree. In addition to the UK Core and college requirements, students must select an Option with the assistance of an advisor and fulfill the area’s program requirements.

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences


IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core Hours: 31

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication hours (GCCR): 3

In addition, the student must submit a proposed plan of study for the junior and senior years.

Premajor Requirements


Complete one sequence:

Sequence 2

Sequence 3

Subtotal: Premajor hours: 10-14

Students choose between the Horticulture Science option and the Horticultural Plant Production and Management option. All students take the same Major Core requirements listed below, but each option has a separate section of PLS 490   Topics in Plant and Soil Science.

Subtotal: Major hours: 31-34


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