Department of Horticulture


Ms. Susan Gruber
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Phone: 517-355-5191, ext. 1326

Horticulture is the science and art of producing, marketing, and using high–value, intensively cultivated plants. Horticultural crops are diverse; they include annual and perennial species and edible and ornamental plants. These plants help sustain and enrich our lives by providing nutritious food, enhancing the beauty of our homes and communities, and reducing our carbon footprint. Our graduates have a positive and sustainable influence on our environment.

Students may follow a program of study that matches their interests through one of two degree options.

The Horticultural Science option is an excellent program for students interested in plant production, management, marketing and biotechnology.

The Landscape Design, Construction and Management option focuses on the plants, materials and management of landscape design and construction operations.

Students may also complete specializations in agribusiness management, biotechnology, environmental science, sustainability, or sustainable agriculture and food systems. Students have access to excellent facilities including 25,500 square feet of teaching greenhouses, a vegetated green roof, the180-acre Horticulture Teaching and Research Center (HTRC) and a 10-acre Student Organic Farm. Additionally, one- to two-year certificate programs are offered through the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Graduates with a degree in horticulture enter a broad range of challenging and rewarding professional careers in production, management, marketing, education and research. Graduates often open their own businesses or work in horticultural business enterprises such as fruit or vegetable production, landscape design/build and maintenance companies, nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers and public gardens.

To see courses required by this major, visit the Horticulture major listing in the MSU course catalog.

Career Opportunities
Extension Agent/Specialist
Greenhouse & Garden Center Retail Sales
Horticultural Product Buyer or Broker
Landscape Construction
Landscape Maintenance Manager
Landscape Designer
Plant Propagator/Grower
Vineyard or Orchard Manager

A sampling of companies hiring MSU grads
Bordine’s Nursery
Chicago Botanic Garden
Four Star Greenhouse
Landscape Design Services
Peninsula Cellars
Spring Meadow Nursery
Titus Farms