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Horticulture is a vast industry focused on the art and science of growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, ornamentals, herbs, spices and medicinal plants. Horticulture majors are trained in many aspects of plant science including physiology, nutrition, identification, soils, pest control and design. Students in the Horticulture department reap the benefits of small class sizes, hands-on experience at our gardens and farms, teaching and research greenhouses, modern laboratories, nearby horticulture enterprises and learning from renowned faculty—many of whom are authors of widely-adopted textbooks.


View the required Horticulture courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.


To prepare for courses to earn a Horticulture degree we recommend you:

  • Volunteer at a local community garden
  • Participate in the Young Scholars Program
  • Work or volunteer in a nursery, greenhouse, local vegetable or fruit farms, garden center, farmer's market, golf course, public garden or landscape company

Hands-On Learning

  • Labs
  • Research in regular classes
  • Special projects research
  • Growing vegetables and floricultural crops in classes
  • Exposure to industry technologies in production classes
  • Growing and sales for Horticulture Club
  • Service learning courses:
    • HORT 3333S
    • HORT 3450S
    • HORT 4030S/6030S
    • HORT 4095S/6095S
  • Participate in student clubs and organizations
  • Internships with greenhouses, nurseries, organic farms, community gardens and state and international organizations
  • Study abroad opportunities

Learn more

Visit the department of Horticulture.

Prospective Student Contact

Tim Smalley Interim Department Head/Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Landscape and grounds management

Current Student Contact

Mary Formo Academic Advisor
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Crop & Soil Sciences
What can I do with a major in Horticulture? Information from the UGA Career Center.


What jobs can I get with a Horticulture degree?

Career Potential

  • Botanical Gardens & Public Horticulture
  • Extension Agent
  • Greenhouse or Nursery Grower
  • Instructor
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Local Fruit & Vegetable Farm Manager
  • Peace Corps
  • Plant, Seed, Chemical & Equipment Sales
  • Research Technician

Median Entry-Level Salary



How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

CAES Scholarships


Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.