Earn a degree in Horticulture

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Horticulture is the science and art of growing and using fruits, vegetables, flowers, ornamental plants and grasses to enhance our living environment and to diversify human diets. Horticultural crops are typically produced on a smaller scale with more intensive management than agronomic crops. Many horticultural crops are grown for aesthetic enjoyment and recreation. The horticulture major offers five options: landscape design-build, production, entrepreneurship, plant science and sustainable food production. You are required to fulfill the course requirements under one option.


Several horticulture scholarships are awarded to students through the department each year. These scholarships are added to those that are awarded by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln or the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

YearScholarships AwardedAverage Amount
2012-13 37 $1,445
2013-14 36 $1,188
2014-15 31 $1,319
2015-16 31 $1,494
2016-17 32 $1,471

Career Opportunities

A wide variety of career paths is available in this rapidly-changing field. With a degree in horticulture, careers are possible as a:

  • Landscape designer
  • Landscape contractor
  • Greenhouse or nursery manager
  • Field or lab researcher
  • Educator
  • Floral Designer
  • Horticultural communicator
  • Horticultural entrepreneur
  • Plant breeder
  • Plant propagator or grower
  • Vineyard manager


Internships are key components of your academic experience. They allow you to explore different areas of horticulture, make connections with future employers, and experience a professional work environment. One internship is required for graduation, but students often complete more than one during their undergraduate career. Horticulture internships are available across Nebraska and the United States. Recent student internships include:

  • Bessey Nursery, Halsey, Nebraska
  • Daniels Produce, Norfolk, Nebraska
  • Earl May Garden Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Lincoln Parks and Recreation Public Gardens Section, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Midwest Hop Producers, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
  • Moore Farms Botanical Garden, Lake City, South Carolina
  • Nebraska Department of Agriculture Division of Plant Health, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Nebraska Nursery and Color Gardens, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Oak Creek Vineyards, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
    • Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, Gering, Nebraska
    • TessFresh Flowers, San Diego, California
    • Innovation Campus Greenhouse, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver, Colorado
    • Nebraska Forest Service, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Oak Creek Plants and Flowers, Lincoln, Nebraska
    Chrissy Peters
    2017 graduate—Chrissy Peters
    My life changed for the better when I discovered the landscape design-build option within the horticulture major at Nebraska. With endless scholarship opportunities, leadership in Horticulture Club, assistant teaching, dedicated professors and a wide span of networking, I was given the tools and assurance to have a career doing what I love most—working with plants and people.


    Contact Anne Streich Associate Professor of Practice and
    Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator

    202A Keim Hall, East Campus