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 small scale with intensive management and require a high degree of skill. Many horticultural crops are grown for aesthetic enjoyment and recreation. Students are required to fulfill one of five options offered under the horticulture major at Nebraska: plant and landscape systems, entrepreneurship, landscape design and management, specialty crop production or design your own.  An “& Science” emphasis (4-17 credits) can be added to any of the these options, but with additional requirements in basic sciences and research experiences to prepare students for graduate school and careers in research.

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55 students enrolled for fall 2020
Kelsey Foster and Elizabeth Lutz

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 or contractor
  • Greenhouse/nursery grower or manager
  • Floral designer
  • Business owner
  • Educator/researcher
  • Plant breeder

Internships

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:

  • Bodhi Botanicals
  • Brookside Gardens
  • Campbell’s Nursery and Garden Center
  • DJ’s Landscape Management
  • Greenlife Gardens
  • Heritage Nursery
  • Kinghorn Gardens
  • Lincoln Landscaping
  • Mulhall’s Nursery
  • Peachwood Agriculture
  • Petal Creation
  • UNL Landscape Services
  • UNL Research
  • UNL Teaching Assistant
  • Urban Trail Gardens
  • Yankee Hill Landscape Company

Undergraduate Student Services

Tai Pleasant

Tai Pleasant

Undergraduate Recruiter
tpleasant2@unl.edu
402-472-2827
202A Keim Hall
East Campus

Anne Streich

Anne Streich

Undergraduate Advisor
astreich2@unl.edu
402-472-1640
202B Keim Hall
East Campus
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