Arboriculture Minor

See the trees for the forest.

The Arboriculture minor looks at the cultivation and management of individual trees. Learn about disease and insect control, planting and cultivation, and the management of trees in urban environments. Make a difference, one tree at a time.

Career paths: speak for the trees.

An Arboriculture minor can lead to careers in leading roles with tree companies, sales, consulting, corporate management, and urban landscape management.

An Arboriculture minor is a great option if you:

  • are passionate about plant science, ecology, resource protection, and the growing of trees for fuel, food, fiber, shade and beauty
  • enjoy the challenge of landscaping and value the ornamental role of trees
  • value parks, botanical gardens, and public outdoor spaces


For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin.

Required courses

  • Applied Arboriculture
  • Introduction to Entomology
  • Introductory Soil Science
  • Landscape Plant Establishment and Maintenance
  • Management of Insect Pests of Ornamentals
  • Principles of Arboriculture
  • Urban Forest Management

Sample additional courses

  • Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity
  • Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees
  • Field Dendrology
  • Horticultural Crop Diseases
  • Introduction to Plant Biology
  • Ornamental Plant Material

Get started.

Students may apply for admission to the minor in LionPATH by selecting "Update Academics" in the Student Center. For additional information, please contact  Dr. Dennis Decoteau.

Arboriculture students examining forest soil samples.
Arboriculture students applying their skills to urban forestry.
Penn State Arboriculture students and professor