We offer two options in the degree in Environmental Horticulture: Environmental Horticulture Science and Landscape Design. See below for the curriculum for both options.

Horticulture is the science and art of growing and maintaining plants for food, enjoyment, and improvement of the human environment. Its application through research has led to improved varieties of plants to benefit our daily lives. Students studying horticulture take fundamental courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics prior to taking specialized courses such as plant materials, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant reproduction, and arboriculture. Graduates of this program are prepared for careers in such areas as floral and nursery crop production, grounds care, landscape nurseries, and greenhouse businesses; and in research with private companies, public agencies or institutions of higher learning.

Our environmental horticulture program provides over 100 students with the knowledge and techniques necessary to be successful in careers in the horticulture and landscape design fields.

As part of our environmental horticulture program students will learn the basics of how plants grow and how to:

  • Design residential and commercial landscape
  • Prune and train landscape plants
  • Own and operate a greenhouse, nursery business, or landscaping business
  • Handle “real-world” issues in horticulture
  • Prepare for a career in horticulture research
  • Prepare for graduate school for Landscape Design
  • Enjoy a well-rounded learning experience in ecology, business, and communications
  • Take advantage of our local, national, international student internship opportunities

What can you do with a degree in Environmental Horticulture?

Occupations include:

  • Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect
  • Park Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • Campus Planner for Higher Education
  • LEEDS Specialist
  • Botanic Garden Curator
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Nursery Manager and Owner
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Horticulture Scientist
  • Horticulture Extension Specialist
  • Horticulture Publishing
  • Horticulture Breeding Specialist
  • Bedding Plant Sales

Landscape Design Option

Landscape design students
Final presentation for Senior design students

The landscape design option will prepare students to solve aesthetic and functional landscape problems. Technical and creative studies lead to problem-solving skills which are used to create beautiful, functional, and efficient landscape design solutions. Emphasis is placed on the use of plant materials to solve site problems. Graduates are employed by landscape nurseries, landscape contractors, and planning agencies; others become self-employed as landscape designers and contractors. Many students have chosen to continue advanced studies in programs of landscape architecture.

capstone groupHorticulture Science Seniors with their Capstone project – Optimizing Growing Conditions for Calibrachoa

Environmental Horticulture Science Option


PSPP 245 Plant Propagation

For Students


Coleus grown by PSPP students

Other Information

Links of Interest:

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Montana Nursery and
Landscape Association


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American Society of Horticultural Science

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American Landscape and
Nursery Association

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American Association of Botanical
Gardensand Arboreta

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American Society of Landscape Architects

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Idaho-Montana Chapter ASLA

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American Landscape
Contractors of America

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American Society of
Golf Course Architects

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Golf Course Superintendents Association of America