Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

Exclusively offered at Temple's Ambler campus.

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.

Advising Information:

Director - Academic Advising, Ambler Campus
Janine C. Warnas, M.S.
West Hall 109
267-468-8200
tuaadvis@temple.edu

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 2114Soils (spring only)3
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration (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 3423Applied Entomology (fall only)3
HORT 3424Applied Plant Pathology (spring only)3
HORT 3523Landscape Management (fall only)3
HORT 4896Senior Seminar (Capstone (WI), fall only)3
LARC 1142Design Communications3
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions (WI)3
Select four Landscape Architecture, Horticulture or Botany electives at the 1000 level or above12
STRC 1111Public Speaking3
or AOD 1166 Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span
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 2016-2017 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 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [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
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
Select one of the following:3
Horticulture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Landscape Architecture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Botany Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BOT 2121Plant Physiology (S)4
HORT 1212Woody Plants II (S)3
HORT 2114Soils (S)3
HORT 2324Plant Propagation (S)3
LARC 1142Design Communications3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
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 - 1000 level or higher
 
Landscape Architecture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Botany Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
GenEd Breadth course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
HORT 2222Herbaceous Plants II (S)3
HORT 2334Food Crops I (S)3
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration (S)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Public Speaking 
Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span 
 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 - 1000 level or higher
 
Landscape Architecture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Botany Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Elective4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
HORT 3424Applied Plant Pathology (S)3
Select one of the following:3
Horticulture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Landscape Architecture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Botany Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Electives9
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

Satisfactory completion of CHEM 1021, CHEM 1022, CHEM 1023, and CHEM 1024 will waive the two-course GenEd Science (GS) requirement.