Horticulture Major

Why horticulture?

Are you interested in a hands-on major that focuses on studying plants with a direct impact on consumers, such as ornamentals, fruits and vegetables? Are you interested in helping the environment and learning how plants can improve human well-being? If so, then consider majoring in horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences!

What is horticulture?

Horticulture is the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers or ornamental plants. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, undergraduate horticulture majors gain specialized training in greenhouse/field management and the production and use of fruits, vegetables, nuts or herbaceous/woody ornamentals through the Bachelor of Science degree program.

Why study horticulture at UW-Madison?

  • Nationally prominent faculty with proven record of mentoring students
  • Opportunities to get involved with research or work in faculty labs early in your undergraduate career
  • Active student group – The UW Madison Horticulture Society
  • Study Abroad Opportunities – Tropical Horticulture in Costa Rica, Organic Agriculture in Costa Rica, a semester abroad in Wageningen and more via CALS or UW-Madison International Academic Programs

Program Information

Contact Information

If you would like more information about the major or would like to declare the horticulture major please visit our advising page.

Career Opportunities

A degree in horticulture is excellent preparation for careers in food/vegetable production, urban agriculture, gardening, landscaping, community supported agriculture, extension- and community-based educational work, horticulture education, research, greenhouse production, horticultural therapy and more. For sample career profiles, check out our careers page.