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Horticulture

Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences

Contact: Douglas Cox, Program Coordinator
Office: 210 French Hall
Phone: (413) 545-5214
Email: dcox@pssci.umass.edu

Horticulture is a broad field of study encompassing the production, maintenance, sales, and service of bedding, flowering, ornamental, and nursery plants and food crops. Students in Horticulture select courses in a range of horticultural topics and design their own focus of study. They can concentrate in greenhouse management, floriculture crop production or nursery and garden center management, while also gaining general knowledge in plant science.

Course of Study

First Semester

Credits

Math course by placement exam

2-3

PLSOILIN 102 Introductory Botany

4

PLSOILIN 105 Soils

4

*PLSOILIN 315 Greenhouse Management

4

NATRES&E 191F First Year Seminar

1


Second Semester (7 wks)

Credits

PLSOILIN 101 Insects and Related Forms

2

PLSOILIN 103 Plant Science

1.5

PLSOILIN 104 Plant Nutrients

1.5

*PLSOILIN 111 Horticultural Plant Pathology

2

*PLSOILIN 198 Internship

4

PLSOILIN 397F Pest Management for Greenhouse Crops

2

PLSOILIN 398G Greenhouse Practicum

1

RES-ECON 141 Consumer Marketing

2


Third Semester

Credits

ENGLISH 120 English Composition

 

PLSOILIN 113 Plant Pathology Lab

2

*PLSOILIN 200 Plant Propagation

 

Electives

7-8


Fourth Semester

Credits

PLSOILIN 182 Principles of Pesticide Management

2

RES-ECON 140 Managing Your Own Business

 

RES-ECON 142 People in Organizations

 

Electives

8-9


Students must enroll in:
Minimum of 15 credits from the list of approved Horticulture elective courses; two of these must be designated as major core courses; program coordinator approval is required.
ENVIRDES 335 or PLSOILIN 255
ENGLISH 120 and Math may be taken any semester

* A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses.