Welcome to Horticulture!
Horticulturists work to enrich our lives by integrating and applying plant science, environmental science, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, physiology, and management. Specifically, Horticultural Science deals with the development, production, growth, distribution, and use of fruits, vegetables, greenhouse crops, ornamentals, turf, and specialty plant crops (used for flavoring and medicine).
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, undergraduate horticulture majors gain specialized training in greenhouse/field management and the production and use of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbaceous/woody ornamentals, and turf through the Bachelor of Science degree program.
Why Pick Horticulture as Your Major?
- Our small student cohort allows our faculty to provide personalized attention and hands-on learning experiences in addition to all of the benefits of a world-class research university.
- You will learn the theory and techniques necessary to grow economically important plants during course work and have numerous opportunities to apply this knowledge through internships, service learning, and field work.
- Study Abroad opportunities include: a course on Tropical Horticulture in Costa Rica, a course on Organic Agriculture in Costa Rica, a semester abroad in Wageningen, and much more via CALS or UW-Madison International Academic Programs.
- Connect with other students interested in the Plant Sciences via the UW Horticulture Society
- Career Services including career e-mails, one-on-one resume development or editing, and mock interviews.
- Opportunities to become involved in research or work in faculty labs early in your undergraduate career.
- Majoring in Horticulture provides an excellent background for graduate study in the field of plant sciences or employment with a Bachelor’s degree.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the opportunities available to Horticulture majors at UW-Madison. If you have questions about horticulture, please contact your advisor.