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College of Agriculture

Horticulture Science: Public Horticulture

Public horticulture is a professional program leading to employment in botanical gardens, arboretums and other horticultural establishments in the public sector, as curators of plant collections, educators, plant propagators, illustrators and writers. The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, which offers this curriculum, stresses practical training through internships in public gardens.

Credit Hours Required: 130* (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(0.5) AGR 12000 (Introduction to Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Academic Programs) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science) (1) HORT 11000 (Survey of Horticulture)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) HORT 20100 (Plant Propagation)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) Calculus selective
(3) HORT 10100 (Fundamentals of Horticulture) (3) Humanities selective
(3) Elective
(18) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science) (3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry)
(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry) (1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory)
(4) HORT 21700 (Woody Landscape Plants) (3) BTNY 30100 (Introductory Plant Pathology)
(3) LA 11600 (Graphic Communication for Students of Landscape Architects and Design) (1) HORT 22200 (Dynascape Applications in Horticulture)
(3) Economics selective (1) HORT 22400 (Photoshop Applications in Horticulture)
(3) LA 16600 (History and Theory of Landscape Architecture)
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(17) (15)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) BTNY 30500 (Fundamentals of Plant Classification) (3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)
(3) HORT 21800 (Herbaceous Landscape Plants) (3) BTNY 30200 (Plant Ecology)
(4) HORT 30100 (Plant Physiology) (3) HIST 30200 (History of Horticulture)
(3) Concentration selective (1) HORT 44200 (Sustainability in the Managed Landscape)
(3) Statistics selective (3) Written or oral communication selective
(3) Elective
(16) (16)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) ENTM 44600 (Integrated Plant Health Management for Ornamental Plants) (1) HORT 44000 (Public Garden Management)
(1) HORT 31000 (Plant Design Basics) (3) Additional communication selective
(3) HORT 31700 (Landscape Contracting and Management) (3) Concentration selective
(3) HORT 42000 (Ornamental Plant Production) (3) Social science selective
(3) Concentration selective (3) Supervision/personnel selective
(3) Humanities selective (3) Elective
(16) (16)

* Internships or practica totaling at least six months, in an approved establishment, are required before graduation. Verification needs to be on file in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Student Services Office.