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Undergraduate Programs - Program Overview

Environmental horticulture is the applied science of managing ornamental plants in public or estate gardens, residential landscapes, or greenhouses and nurseries. The program offers students the opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in landscape design; landscape management; sustainable plant production and maintenance; greenhouse management; plant and soil sciences; business management and other related fields.

The Environmental Horticulture program provides excellent training in areas important to the Green Industry employers and strong preparation for those seeking a graduate degree in plant science or landscape architecture.  Students in the Horticultural Business concentration have an opportunity to receive a minor in Business Administration through the Maine Business School and may elect to continue an extra year to complete a Master’s in Business Administration.  Students in the Landscape Design concentration take three-dimensional and computer-aided design classes. This program differs from horticulture programs in other states because the Landscape Design concentration combines design skills and plant science knowledge into one curriculum.  Students in the Sustainable Horticulture concentration study additional upper-level plant courses to better prepare themselves for graduate studies.

The close working relationship between our program and state, national and international horticulture industry members has been an important factor contributing to a nearly 100% employment record for our graduates.

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The program offers opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate studies.  The undergraduate program offers a B.S. degree in Environmental Horticulture with a diverse and challenging curriculum, excellent faculty guidance, extracurricular involvement and opportunities to explore professional goals and interact with alumni and other well-known professionals.  The program is founded on the principles and practices of responsible stewardship of the land.  To instill this idea in our students, we expose them to the planning, creation and maintenance of environmentally sustainable landscapes.

The graduate program offers an M.S. degree in Horticulture with a wide-range of research opportunities in both traditional horticulture and Environmental Horticulture.

Research opportunities are available in many areas including cold tolerance; propagation and tissue culture; evaluation and introduction of woody and herbaceous ornamental plants; water use efficiency in greenhouse production; potato breeding and production; basic and applied studies in blueberry physiology and culture; pomology; sustainable vegetable and small fruit production; and weed-crop ecology and weed management.

Hands-on learning, internships, field trips, independent projects, travel opportunities and volunteer activities are available to motivated students. Our Environmental Horticulture students learn in real-world settings choosing from a variety of internship opportunities throughout the northeast and across the country.  Interacting with their peers from many other universities, recent student groups have competed in the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days in Georgia, California and Chicago.

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