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Agronomy: Horticulture

Why Major in Agronomy: Horticulture?

Agronomy: Horticulture majors at Northwest gain a broad knowledge of agriculture, and are also exposed to many diverse greenhouse and nursery production, fruit and vegetable culture as well as landscape and turf fabrication.

Faculty focus on five core areas: greenhouse management and production; vegetable and fruit production methods; post-harvest technology along with food safety and local production issues; landscape, plants, design and maintenance; and sustainability in today’s horticulture industry.

Minor in Horticulture

A minor in horticulture teaches students the fundamentals of plant science, soil science, plant propagation, study of insects and plant diseases. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog. This minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours.

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Career Opportunities

placement rate

100% of students who graduated with a degree in horticulture obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.

The following is a listing of common positions for graduates with a horticulture major:

  • Greenhouse/Nursery Manager
  • Groundskeeper
  • Lab Technician
  • Landscape Designer
  • Retail Sales
  • Soil Sampler
  • Turf Specialist
  • Plant Production

For a list of job placements by year, view the placement reports »

*Based on self-reported data in recent years.

Learning Resources

Horticulture Complex

Horticulture Complex is the home to classroom, a research laboratory a preparatory room for horticulture majors. The campus has seven greenhouses with state-of-the-art technology.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Study Aboard

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions. Students of from the agriculture school have studied in Puerto Rico, Ireland and Germany.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »


Although internships are not required in the horticulture major, they are highly encouraged to gain hands-on, real-world experience.

QuoteTaylor OlsonI interned at Maccurrach Golf Construction. I was involved with construction at TPC Sawgrass golf course in Jacksonville, Florida. TPC Sawgrass is world famous for hole number 17 because of the island green-as you can see in the picture. The big project at TPC Sawgrass was re-sodding all 18 fairways and tee boxes in two weeks. This was a huge task and required a lot of work and skill to complete. The cost of the renovation totaled $7.5 million. When the TPC renovation was completed, I had the privilege of being part of a complete nine-hole renovation that took place across the street at Sawgrass Country Club.

I gained much knowledge about sand bunker renovations using the "Better Billy Bunker System",-a new green for grass establishment, and how to correctly place square tee boxes. I learned a lot during my summer internship and will use the knowledge I attained with my future career of becoming a golf course superintendent.Quote

Taylor Olson
Hiawatha, Kan. 

QuoteZuleika McClarnonFor my internship, I worked at the Plant House in Maryville. I spend my time transplanting, watering, restocking plants and helping customers with any questions or concerns they may have. Beside those daily activities, I use the knowledge gained at Northwest and the experience of my co-workers to give the customers the best experience possible.Quote

Zuleika McClarnon
Bedford, Ia. 

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