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Horticulture – Controlled Environment Horticulture  

Do You Want to Improve the Sustainability of our Plants and Environment?

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is a technology-based approach to crop production that focuses on optimizing an environment within a protected structure to facilitate desired plant growth and development. In this concentration, students will study and gain hands-on experience with the management of controlled environment systems for the production and improvement of both floriculture and food crops.


  • Technical competence that includes understanding plant growth and development as influenced by the manipulations of horticulture technologies such as greenhouse management, fertility management, integrated pest management, etc.
  • Management and leadership skills that will allow them to become an entry-level supervisor in a specific business or research program.
  • Problem solving skills such as identifying the significance of a problem, researching realistic solutions using current literature, and organizing the materials to develop appropriate recommendations and actions.

Where You’ll Find Us

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CSU Horticulture Center

A center for teaching, research and extension for horticulture and landscape programs.

Teaching at ARDEC.

Agricultural Research & Development Center

Work directly with crops and livestock at this research and teaching complex — one of nine around the state.

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Annual Flower Garden Trials

One of the top tourist attractions in Fort Collins. Explore more than 1,000 varieties at this campus flower garden.

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Related Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Business Management
  • Environment
  • Food Crops
  • Plants
  • Science
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Related Careers

  • Biotechnologist
  • Extension Specialist
  • Floriculturist
  • Fruit and Vegetable Producer
  • Greenhouse Production Specialist
  • Greenhouse Supply Sales 
  • Greenhouse Computerized Environmental Control
  • Horticultural Therapist
  • Plant Breeder or Researcher
  • Retail and Wholesale Floral Business
Tracy Smith

Department Advisor

Tracy Smith

For more information, contact Tracy Smith, Director of Undergraduate Advising for the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Undergraduate majors.