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Ornamental Horticulture, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Storrs, CT, United States
Plant Science majors in the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students may concentrate in Ornamental Horticulture, Turfgrass Management, or Sustainable Crop Production. The Plant Science program in the Ratcliffe Hicks School is offered by the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.
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The goal of the Ornamental Horticulture concentration is to prepare students for employment, management, or entrepreneurial positions in florist, garden center, landscaping, greenhouse and nursery operations or related businesses.

A graduate of the program should be able to:

  • Understand basic fundamentals of plant growth
  • Understand relationships between soil and plants
  • Understand plant water relationships
  • Understand Integrated Pest Management related to plant management
  • Understand plant/environment interactions
  • Understand how plant management practices/strategies effect water quality and the environment
  • Identify and describe insect, disease, and physiological problems of plants and develop control strategies
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate skills in accessing information
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills utilized by today’s Green Industry
  • Identify major taxa of ornamental plants, both woody and herbaceous
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of landscape plant management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of horticultural crop production
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate uses of ornamental plants
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practices of plant propagation.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude in relationships with employers, customers, fellow employees, and professional peers.
  • Understand the importance of professional development, continuing education, and life-long learning as components of a successful career

The Department of Plant Science offers a wide range of courses in Horticulture providing both academic and applied educational opportunities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Turfgrass Management
  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • Woody Plants: Common Trees, Shrubs and Vines
  • Plant Propagation
  • Landscape Plant Maintenance
  • Turfgrass Pests and Control

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
  • $80 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Essay & Two Optional Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Secondary School Transcripts
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Fine Arts Applicants
  • Special Program Applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12848 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Storrs

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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