Do You Want to Improve the Sustainability of our Natural Environment?
Environmental horticulturists provide solutions necessary to achieve aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally sound outdoor spaces. They also design and manage private and public landscapes, such as golf courses, botanical gardens, and parks. In addition, they may develop the entrepreneurial skills necessary to successfully operate a nursery, garden center, tree care, landscape design, and build or landscape management firm. Three concentrations are offered in the Environmental Horticulture major— Landscape Design and Contracting, Nursery and Landscape Management, and Turf Management.
Students will be provided with frequent opportunities for gaining hands-on learning experiences. Students in the program are either required or encouraged to have student internships or apprenticeships. Many students are engaged in independent studies with faculty in lab and field research, and work study/hourly jobs in the field or greenhouse.
One Major, Three Concentrations
The Landscape Design and Contracting concentration is an academic program focusing on the profession, science and business of landscape design/build. The design/build process is typically delivered by one company providing a turnkey of design services followed by construction implementation and management of the built project. Our students are offered a multitude of classes and experiential based learning opportunities to prepare them for careers in this field.
Nursery and Landscape Management Concentration
Focus on skills like landscape plant culture and gain knowledge on how to manage a nursery, garden center, arboriculture, or landscape management firm. Specialize your studies in producing trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and herbaceous perennials for the landscape industry. Our program builds in an internship to ensure you the have practical experience to succeed in your career.
Turf Management Concentration
This concentration gets you training to work in the area of sod production and the details of how to successfully manage private and public grounds. Learn about producing and maintaining ornamental and functional turfgrass. You can also supplement your coursework within nursery and landscape management, plant and soil science, business management, and irrigation design.
what you’ll learn
- Management and leadership skills necessary for a successful career in the green industry
- Technical competencies in their understanding of growth and development of horticultural plants and landscapes, including development as influenced by manipulation of horticulture technologies, such as fertility and water management, and integrated pest management for all aspects of landscape horticulture
- Skills to assess site issues, provide creative environmentally sound solutions and manage designed and built landscapes
- Analytical and problem-solving skills that allow identification of problems related to the management or production of horticultural crops and landscapes, as well as strategies to solve them
Where You’ll Find Us
CSU Horticulture Center
A center for teaching, research and extension for horticulture and landscape programs.
- Business Management
- Botanic Gardens Personnel
- Golf Course Superintendence
- Green Industry Account Management
- Irrigation Design and Water Resource Management
- Landscape Business Management and Entrepreneurship
- Landscape Design and Construction
- Plant Propagation
- Retail and Wholesale Nursery and Garden Center Management
- Sports Turf Management