Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

Sasha W. Eisenman, Ph.D.
Chair, Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
201 Dixon Hall
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002
267-468-8168
eisenman@temple.edu

Horticulture is the profession that nurtures, produces, installs, and maintains the built landscape, and protects, restores, and manages existing and natural landscape resources.  The Temple horticulture curriculum is built on a strong scientific foundation that includes both technical course work and hands-on learning experience. In order to broaden and deepen knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural world, students also receive solid education in the liberal arts.

Our unique curriculum is one of the few undergraduate programs in which horticulture and landscape architecture are integrated. This relationship allows students to gain a greater understanding of the full range of the landscape process, which includes design, plant production, installation, and management of the urban and suburban landscape. They learn the relationships between horticulture, technology, and natural ecological processes, and develop a responsible horticultural approach toward the environment. The department encourages students to consider ways to eliminate many outmoded, environmentally damaging practices such as over-dependence on pesticides, herbicides, and irrigation, and use of harmful, invasive plants.

Graduates find exciting professional opportunities in landscape contracting, restoration, and management; wholesale or retail nurseries; urban forestry; floriculture; public horticulture; garden restoration; horticultural therapy; and interior plantscaping. Research, teaching and extension are also rewarding areas within the horticulture profession.

Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture are offered at the Ambler Campus with a portion of the coursework also available on Temple's Main and Center City campuses.

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major.

University Requirements

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement assessment.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. LARC 2496 and HORT 4896 are the specific writing-intensive courses required for Horticulture majors.
  • Students must complete the requirements of the General Education (GenEd) program (29-30 s.h.)
    • Earning a minimum grade of C- in CHEM 1021 & CHEM 1023 and CHEM 1022 & CHEM 1024 will waive both GenEd Science & Technology (GS) requirements.
    • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement.

Major Requirements

No more than one grade below a C- is allowed in any course in either Landscape Architecture or Horticulture. 

BOT 1111General Botany (fall only)4
BOT 1112Plant Ecology (spring only)3
BOT 2121Plant Physiology (spring only)4
BOT 3122Applied Plant Physiology (fall only)3
CHEM 1021
CHEM 1023
Introduction to Chemistry I
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I (fall only)
4
CHEM 1022
CHEM 1024
Introduction to Chemistry II
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II (spring only)
4
HORT 1211Woody Plants I (fall only)3
HORT 1212Woody Plants II (spring only)3
HORT 1566Horticulture Business Management3
HORT 2114Soils (spring only)3
HORT 2221Herbaceous Plants I (fall only)3
HORT 2222Herbaceous Plants II (spring only)3
HORT 2323Greenhouse Management (fall only)3
HORT 2324Plant Propagation (spring only)3
HORT 2334Food Crops I (spring only)3
HORT 2575Introduction to Public Horticulture3
HORT 3423Applied Entomology (fall only)3
HORT 3424Applied Plant Pathology (spring only)3
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration (spring only)3
HORT 3523Landscape Management (fall only)3
HORT 4896Senior Seminar (Capstone (WI), fall only)3
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions (WI)3
Select four of the following:12
Landscape Architecture Elective (LARC 1000-level or higher)
Horticulture Elective (HORT 1000-level or higher)
Botany Elective (BOT 1000-level or higher)
Total Credit Hours82

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Note: The symbol after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated.
(F) = offered only in fall semester
(S) = offered only in spring semester
Year 1
FallCredit Hours
BOT 1111General Botany (F)4
CHEM 1021
CHEM 1023
Introduction to Chemistry I (F)14
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BOT 1112Plant Ecology (S)3
CHEM 1022
CHEM 1024
Introduction to Chemistry II (S)14
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
HORT 1211Woody Plants I (F)3
HORT 2323Greenhouse Management (F)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Select one of the following:3
Horticulture Elective (HORT 1000-level or higher)
 
Landscape Architecture Elective (LARC 1000-level or higher)
 
Botany Elective (BOT 1000-level or higher)
 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BOT 2121Plant Physiology (S)4
HORT 1212Woody Plants II (S)3
HORT 2114Soils (S)3
HORT 2324Plant Propagation (S)3
HORT 2575Introduction to Public Horticulture3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
GenEd Breadth Course3
HORT 2221Herbaceous Plants I (F)3
HORT 3523Landscape Management (F)3
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions [WI] (F)3
Select one of the following:3
Horticulture Elective (HORT 1000-level or higher)
 
Landscape Architecture Elective (LARC 1000-level or higher)
 
Botany Elective (BOT 1000-level or higher)
 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
HORT 2222Herbaceous Plants II (S)3
HORT 2334Food Crops I (S)3
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration (S)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
HORT 1566Horticulture Business Management3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
BOT 3122Applied Plant Physiology (F)3
HORT 3423Applied Entomology (F)3
HORT 4896Senior Seminar [WI] (Capstone, F)3
Select one of the following:3
Horticulture Elective (HORT 1000-level or higher)
 
Landscape Architecture Elective (LARC 1000-level or higher)
 
Botany Elective (BOT 1000-level or higher)
 
Elective4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
HORT 3424Applied Plant Pathology (S)3
Select one of the following:3
Horticulture Elective (HORT 1000-level or higher)
 
Landscape Architecture Elective (LARC 1000-level or higher)
 
Botany Elective (BOT 1000-level or higher)
 
Electives9
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124