Bachelor of Science (BS)

The bachelor of science degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota Crookston prepares students for careers in the green industry. If you enjoy being outdoors, growing plants, and designing landscapes, this degree is for you. As eco-awareness and sustainability become an important part of doing business in the 21st century, the U of M, Crookston will give you the tools you need to be successful in this field. Receive hands-on experience working in state-of-the-art laboratories and production greenhouses.

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Key Features

Key Features

  • GreenhouseWe offer one of only two baccalaureate degrees in Horticulture (choose from two emphases - environmental landscaping and production horticulture) in the entire state and the only one in the northern half of Minnesota.
  • Experiential learning involves field trips to wholesale greenhouses and nurseries, as well as, work in campus labs, greenhouses, and growth chambers.
  • The Bergland Laboratory houses state-of-the-art labs, greenhouses, and growth chambers.  The Horticulture Greenhouses include 4 double poly production houses and all equipment necessary to produce commercial crops.
  • student with plants in greenhouseHorticulture students schedule, grow, and sell specialty holiday crops such as poinsettias and lilies. They are completely responsible for all aspects of these holiday crops. This type of "real-world" scenario prepares UMC Horticulture graduates with a true representation of their future career.
  • Student clubs and organizations participate in and consistently place in the top three in the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society national contest and are successful at job fairs such as Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days, Northern Green Expo, and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA).
  • Learn how to build, and create. Students produce plants for the campus gardens each spring. Many tours include the UMC campus as a "must see" during the summer and early fall.
  • The polytechnic approach provides you with a thorough hands-on program to turn your interest in plants into a successful career. School enterenceClass labs are actual growing enterprises and the UMC campus provides excellent opportunities to hone your landscaping and design skills.
  • The UMC Horticulture Club actively participates in conferences, nursery seminars, entrepreneurial, and community projects. Members grow and sell seasonal plants in addition to original floral designs.
  • You can also attain a pesticide certification and a Minnesota Nursery Landscape Association (MNLA) certification.


University of Minnesota Crookston Landscaping Students Design and Plant Hedge Maze

Students in Associate Professor Eric Castle’s class, Hort 3040: landscape installation and maintenance, have been working with community leaders this semester to design and install a hedge maze at a park in Crookston. Students presented their designs to community decision makers and a final design was selected. Students have worked on the layout and planting over the last several weeks to install the hedge maze before the onset of winter. They are excited to see how the final product can continue to enhance the play experience and health of kids at the Natural Play Space at Castle Park. (October 2017)

This type of experiential or applied learning is typical at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and this is just the latest community project with which students have been involved.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view the current Horticulture, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
View Horticulture, BS curriculum

The Horticulture major offers two areas of emphasis:

  • Environmental Landscaping
  • Production Horticulture
  • Urban Forestry

Also, we offer a minor in Horticulture:
View Horticulture minor curriculum

Associated Clubs & Organizations

Associated Clubs & Organizations



The average salary range for positions within this major was between $20,000 - $85,000 yearly, depending on experience and position. For a list of detailed salary trends within this career visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Careers in the horticultural industry include:

  • Landscape designer
  • Landscape contractor
  • Landscape installer 
  • Nursery manager
  • Hardscape specialist
  • Hardscape supplier
  • Xeriscaping specialist
  • Turf care professional
  • Nursery production manager
  • Tree care professional
  • Parks manager
  • Arborist
  • Vegetable production manager
  • Floriculture production manager
  • Garden center manager
  • Plant broker, buyer
  • Floral designer, florist
  • Wholesale grower, propagator, manager
  • Sales representative
  • Writer, educator
  • Extension educator
  • Horticultural specialist
  • Research scientist
  • Plant breeder
  • Federal and municipal plant inspector
  • Peace Corp, US Government volunteer
  • ...or go on to graduate school

Student Stories

Student Stories

heidi sholA student work-study job in the greenhouse at the University of Minnesota Crookston helped lead to a major in Horticulture for Heidi Shol Reitmeier. “I didn’t know what I was going to major in, but my love for working in the greenhouse made me realize I wanted to work with plants,” she says. Attending college in her backyard was an easy choice, “It seemed like such a good place for me, and I liked the community connections.” Learn more.


caleb rempelHe enjoys growing plants now, but one day Caleb Rempel hopes to help future college students grow to their full potential. The Agronomy and Horticulture double major from Mountain Lake, Minn., has been involved in a number of projects on campus within his field of study. Last summer he helped lay groundwork for ongoing hops research monitoring evaporation rates and mulch usage with the young hops. Learn more


Mackenzie CochranOne can almost imagine it, several generations of family passing down gardening tips, trading varieties of their favorite plants, enjoying trips to the greenhouse together, while propagating their passion for growing things. Mackenzie Cochran of Grand Forks, N.D., doesn’t have to imagine it; her family shares a longtime love of gardening that started with her great grandmother. It isn’t surprising Cochran would find her way to the University of Minnesota Crookston to major in horticulture. Learn more.


Students with poinsettiasMore than 600 rooted poinsettia cuttings arrived in August at the University of Minnesota Crookston in anticipation of another holiday season. Under the skill and coaxing of students involved in the commercial floriculture class, those cuttings developed into a beautiful poinsettia crop. Learn more.

Recently, the Grand Forks Herald visited campus to learn more about how our students and faculty work together to produce beautiful poinsettia crops every year. Read and watch a video on how!
On Point: University of Minnesota Crookston students learn finicky poinsettias take some finesse


Catlin Kersting, a student in the Horticulture Program at the University of Minnesota Crookston, discusses her experience at UMC and the kind of learning atmosphere it features. Catlin is from Cloquet, Minnesota. 

Kristine Neu, '12, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., has a clear vision of her career goals, and they involve both horticulture and communication. In this video she explains how her UMC experience has helped her prepare for that future. 

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The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

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