Horticulture Option

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The horticulture option prepares you to manage specialty crops in field, landscape, greenhouse, and controlled environment systems. This option includes courses in plant propagation, physiology, genetics, plant identification and selection, and specialty crop management. You will gain knowledge and skills needed to develop healthy food and landscape systems that promote human health, culture, community, and economic opportunity.

Caleb Wehrbein

Career Opportunities

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

  • Business owner, grower, or manager working with trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables in greenhouses, nurseries, or field operations
  • Educator in different venues such as botanical gardens, arboreta, Extension, community colleges, and universities
  • Plant researcher in areas such as plant breeding, genetics, production, and management


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. Two internships are required for graduation. Horticulture internships are available across Nebraska and the United States. Recent student internships include:

  • Bodhi Botanicals
  • Brookside Gardens
  • Campbell’s Nursery and Garden Center
  • DM Compassion Farms
  • Flavor Country Farm
  • ForestFarm at Pacifica
  • Lauritzen Gardens
  • Mulhall’s Nursery
  • Peachwood Agriculture
  • Petal Creation
  • The Big Garden
  • UNL Research
  • UNL Teaching Assistant
  • Urban Trail Gardens
  • Witt's End Homestead LLC

Undergraduate Student Services

Anne Streich

Anne Streich

Undergraduate Advisor
362D Plant Sciences Hall, East Campus
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Tyler Quick

362H Plant Sciences Hall, East Campus