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Our aim at Brigham Young University-Idaho Horticulture Department is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten-acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue and Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunities.
The Department is a recognized leader in horticulture education preparing students for expanding career opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, florist's shops, floral wholesalers, plant brokers, landscape contractors, lawn service companies, interior-scape companies, greenhouses, golf courses, parks, botanical gardens, landscape management, event planning, design build, plant production, plant breeding, horticulture sales and marketing, and horticulture supply companies. Demand for graduates is strong and most students can choose from several job offers throughout the nation. Students who seek advanced degrees find opportunities in horticulture teaching, research, extension education, and government.
Bachelor of Science - Horticulture (695) is a 4 year Horticulture degree. Students can choose from three emphasis areas:
▪ Floral Design (695-16): provides training in retail and wholesale floral marketing, artistry of wedding and event flowers, and interpretive and competitive design.
▪ Design/Build/Maintain (695-14): emphasizes the design, installation and management of landscapes, including irrigation systems, plant maintenance, and bidding and estimating.
▪ Production (695-15): focuses on the retail/wholesale markets of nurseries, garden centers, cut flowers, vegetables, fruits and greenhouse operations.
Associate of Horticulture Management (354) is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree offering the basics of horticulture, including landscaping, plant propagation, and pest control.
Associate of Floral Design Management (353) is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree offering the basics of floral design, including weddings, event flowers and marketing.
Minor in Horticulture (204) - a minor is available for those not majoring in Horticulture.
Horticulture Clusters - two clusters are offered
▪ Event Planning Cluster
▪ Horticulture Cluster
*Courses which develop skills in home gardening, floral design, and landscape beautification are available to the general student body.