What you'll learn studying Environmental Horticulture at UW-Platteville

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Agriculture offers a bachelor of science degree in environmental horticulture. As a recognized world leader for our undergraduate programs in agriculture, we offer a diverse selection of clubs and organizations, as well as several nationally competing teams.

UW-Platteville’s environmental horticulture bachelor’s degree is exceptionally rare in the region. We prepare you by combining a liberal arts education with professional curricular and educational opportunities that combine important theoretical and practical aspects of horticultural and biological sciences with managerial skills.

Horticulture degree program courses provide instruction about everything from soil basics, general botany, and plant physiology in required coursework to worldwide food resources for students who opt for the international emphasis path. Students pursuing the professional landscape management emphasis will learn about turfgrass, weed science, and pest management, while those interested in the plant breeding and genetics emphasis can focus on biotechnology coursework.

To learn more about the program, review the fact sheet.

Careers in Environmental Horticulture

Environmental horticulture is a branch of the broad field of horticulture focused on improving the human environment and protecting the natural landscape through the use of plants. This includes greenhouse management and interior design; the development of recreational areas for public and private use; landscape design and management; nursery management; and turf management.

When you earn an environmental horticulture degree, you will be prepared for a variety of exciting and rewarding careers in this field. Our graduates have achieved successful careers in the fields of education and research, greenhouse management, landscape design and management, plant breeding and genetics, and plant tissue culture and biotechnology. They also have chosen to pursue graduate study. Some of the careers you might consider in this field include:

  • Plant production specialist
  • Landscape consultant
  • Arborist
  • Landscape designer
  • Greenhouse production manager
  • Turf specialist
  • Plant breeding and genetics
  • Plant diagnostician

Whether your passion lies in caring for landscapes, public parks and gardens, growing food, floral design, business management, or research, a major or minor in this field can help prepare you for a career which is rewarding, both personally and professionally.

Discover by doing

At UW-Platteville, students learn both inside the classroom and through other hands-on experiences. Whether you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or a minor, you will have multiple opportunities to apply classroom theories in on-campus science laboratories, Mansel and Dottie Johns Pioneer Gardens, Greenhouse Complex, 430-acre university farm, robust internship program, and university events.

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