College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

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Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Department of Horticulture offers two undergraduate degrees, as well as a minor in Horticulture (see sidebar, right).

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS)

IPS majors explore the science of plant development and production from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines. All students in the program take a core set of interdisciplinary courses selected specifically to give them a solid foundation on which they can build expertise in a specific discipline. Of the seven majors offered, five are based in horticulture.


Agricultural Biotechnology

This major emphasizes the development and application of new technology to ensure a safe and abundant food and fiber supply. More »

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Dr. Amit Dhingra and student in the laboratory

Fruit & Vegetable Management

Learn the most efficient and sustainable management practices involving state-of-the-art production systems for the diverse fruit and vegetable crops produced in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. More »

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Student harvesting lettuce

Landscape Design & Implementation

Through hands-on experience in course activities and participation in a professional practicum, you will learn to design, install, and maintain aesthetic outdoor environments that enrich people’s lives. More »

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Students design and plant Display Garden

Landscape, Nursery, & Greenhouse Management

This major is for students interested in owning or managing a nursery or greenhouse, attending graduate school in horticulture, working for university extension offices and research greenhouses, maintaining landscapes and parks, or working as wholesale horticultural-product brokers. More »

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Students studying landscape plants

Viticulture & Enology

This major offers the technical, scientific, and practical experience needed to gain the essential skills for producing high quality grapes and premium wines. It prepares students for successful careers in the wine industry in Washington and beyond.

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Learn more about the Integrated Plant Sciences degree program.

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS)

The Agricultural and Food Systems degree program is a college-wide, interdisciplinary program that offers a Bachelor of Science degree with five majors from which to choose. In each major, emphasis is placed on gaining a solid background in the agricultural sciences, including learning to work with and in the complexity of agriculture and food systems. All students take a core set of classes in order to develop a broad interdisciplinary background while also studying specific subjects that prepare graduates for their chosen fields. An internship related to the student’s focus area is included in these requirements.

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Learn more about the Agricultural and Food Systems degree program.

Minor in Horticulture

A minimum of 16 hours in Hort is required. At least 9 hours must be in 300- or 400-level courses, excluding Hort 399 and 499, and taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses. Hort/CropS 202 and 351 are highly recommended. All pass/fail enrollments, and up to 2 credits of Hort 499, must be approved by the Department Chair.

Interested in research?

The Research Experience for Undergraduates program provides an opportunity to work closely with faculty and graduate students in ongoing active research programs. You’ll gain hands-on experience in various plant biology disciplines that utilize genomics and biotechnology approaches. Learn more »

Study abroad


Ecole d’Ingénieurs de PURPAN is an institution that focuses on life sciences, agriculture, agrifood marketing and management. Located in the Southern town of Toulouse, a city of about 300,000, it features a large student population with many entertainment options. Earn six credits while studying French and European agricultural practices at Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Purpan for four weeks, followed by a four week internship on a family-run vineyard or farm during the summer! Learn more>

More information

WSU Catalog: Integrated Plant Sciences Degree

IPS Student Learning Outcomes

WSU Catalog: Agricultural and Food Systems Degree

AFS Student Learning Outcomes

Horticulture courses 

HORT/VE 399 – Professional Work Experience

HORT 495 – Research Experience

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Our graduates

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Want to work with plants?

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