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.

Grow your Story in Horticulture


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.

YearNumber of Scholarships AwardedAverage Amount
2012-2013 37 $1,445
2013-2014 36 $1,188
2014-2015 31 $1,319
2015-2016 31 $1,494
2016-2017 32 $1,471


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. Student internships from 2015 include:

  • Midwest Hop Producers, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
  • Daniels Produce, Norfolk, Nebraska
  • Moore Farms Botanical Garden, Lake City, South Carolina
  • Rumery Lawn and Landscape, Seward, Nebraska
  • Nebraska Nursery and Color Gardens, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Earl May Garden Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • UNL Plant Diagnostics Laboratory, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • TessFresh Flowers, San Diego, California
  • Lincoln Parks and Recreation Public Gardens Section, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Lakehouse Farm and Prairie Plate Restaurant, Waverly, Nebraska

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
Amanda Vodvarka
2015 graduate—Melinda Knuth
Horticulture club allowed me opportunities to gain extensive plant production and leadership skills, and build my resume. Because of a connection I made during a club trip to Orlando, I was selected to be a plant science intern at Disney World’s Epcot.


Contact Anne Streich Associate Professor of Practice and
Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator

202A Keim Hall, East Campus