Horticulture is the profession that nurtures, produces, installs, and maintains the built landscape, and protects, restores, and manages existing and natural landscape resources.
The Temple BS in Horticulture program is a four-year, 124 credit-hour curriculum. It is built on a strong scientific foundation and includes both technical course work and hands-on learning experience. In order to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural world, you will also receive solid education in the liberal arts.
Our unique curriculum is one of the few undergraduate programs in which horticulture and landscape architecture are integrated. Our goal is to provide you with an understanding of the full range of the landscape process, which includes design, plant production, installation, and management of the urban and suburban landscape.
In your classes at Temple, you will learn the relationships between horticulture, technology, and natural ecological processes, and develop a responsible horticultural approach toward the environment.
With this knowledge, you can help to eliminate many outmoded, environmentally damaging practices such as over-dependence on pesticides, herbicides, and irrigation, and use of harmful, invasive plants.
You may find exciting professional opportunities in landscape contracting, restoration, and management; wholesale or retail nurseries; urban forestry; floriculture; public horticulture; garden restoration; and interior plantscaping. Research, teaching and extension are also rewarding areas within the horticulture profession.
Undergraduate students have the option of taking some of their courses on the main campus, and some of their landscape architecture, botany, and/or horticulture courses at Temple's Ambler campus. Temple runs a free shuttle bus service between the main campus and the Ambler campus. The required Ambler campus courses in the major are scheduled to coincide with the Ambler shuttle schedule. This allows students to have a great urban college campus experience while also benefiting from the hands-on learning in the arboretum and greenhouses for which the Ambler campus programs are known.
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Temple University is committed to working with students and parents by providing student aid through grants, loans, work study programs, and scholarships. Temple Financial Aid & Scholarships helps make it possible for qualified students, with limited personal financial resources, to meet the cost of a Horticulture education. For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Student Financial Services HERE. The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department offers more than 27 scholarships and awards totaling approximately $51,000 to students each year. Visit the Landscape Architect and Horticulture Awards & Scholarships page on this website for more information HERE.
For information about applying to the Horticulture Program, visit Undergraduate Admissions HERE. In addition to the university’s admission requirements, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture has a selective but diverse admissions process of its own. Review the admission requirements for your area of interest by contacting the LA-Hort Department at 267-468-8181.