Horticulture Minor

A full-bloom Penn State Ag Sciences experience.

The Horticulture minor is a deep dive into the scientific and aesthetic principles of growing plants. Study plant propagation, the environmental impact of horticultural crops, ornamental plant usage, and greenhouse management. Experience the rewards of seeing how science and art intersect to create breathtaking gardens and greenery.

Career paths: plant the seed for a beautiful career.

With a Horticulture minor, you're well prepared to pursue rewarding careers in floral design, nursery/greenhouse management, urban farming, or conservation. Grads also work in commercial agricultural enterprises, landscaping, and government.

A Horticulture minor is a great option if you:

  • are eager to develop hands-on, science-based knowledge about growing plants
  • enjoy landscape and garden design and value sustainability
  • are curious about how science and art intersect in the natural world


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

Required courses

  • Environmental Effects on Horticultural Crops
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Propagation

Sample additional courses

  • Deciduous Tree Fruits
  • Flower Crop Production and Management
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Herbaceous Perennial and Annual Identification
  • Horticultural Systematics
  • Ornamental Plant Materials
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology
  • Postharvest Physiology
  • Retail Horticulture Business Management
  • Small Fruit Culture
  • Vegetable Crops

Get started.

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

Penn State students transplanting seedlings.
A horticulture student filling seedling trays with soil before replanting.
Penn State horticulture experts examining potted plants.