This comprehensive education in the art, business and science of horticulture lets you study several different subjects, including plant science, biotechnology, fruit and vegetable production, hydroponics and sustainable agriculture. Small classes allow you to benefit from one-on-one attention in the classroom and DelVal’s 1,000-acre outdoor living laboratory. 

The horticulture degree program at Delaware Valley University offers you the opportunity to study several different subjects, including plant science and biotechnology, fruit and vegetable production, hydroponics and sustainable agriculture. You will study the plant world, from botany and plant physiology to vegetable and flower production and pest management, hydroponics and greenhouse management. Covering both organic and conventional agricultural approaches to horticultural crop production, you will be well equipped to work in any production system whether field or controlled environment.

You will learn in and outside of the classroom with DelVal's living laboratories. You will have access to:

  • vegetable production areas at both the DelVal and Roth farms 
  • certified organic field
  • orchards on campus and Gemmill farms
  • extensive collection of farm equipment and tools at all locations
  • more than 12,000 feet of modern greenhouse space including extensive hydroponic and aquaponic equipment
  • a 60-acre arboretum on main campus with landscape plantings, specimens and gardens
  • Life Sciences Building with seven classrooms and four multipurpose labs

You receive one-on-one advising from our faculty, who guide you through your degree progression and often help you find internships and employment.

real-world experience
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Our horticulture program can prepare you for a wide variety of careers in horticulture. Examples include working in greenhouse production facilities, botanical gardens and arboreta, at state and federal agencies (such as the USDA), in agricultural research and education, at nurseries, fruit and vegetable farms or in agricultural product sales and marketing.

Core Horticulture Courses:
  • Botany of Vascular Plants
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Commercial Fruit Production
  • Commercial Vegetable Production
  • Hydroponics
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Organic Food and Fiber
  • Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
  • Marketing of Horticulture Products
  • Medicinal Plants
Recommended Minors:
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Food Systems 
  • Policy Studies
  • Writing

Career Paths

The horticulture degree program at Delaware Valley University is known as a leader in hands-on, practically oriented horticulture programs. With 100 percent of our students having real-world, hands-on experience, graduates with a degree in horticulture are able to find positions in:

  • Botanical gardens and arboreta
  • State and federal agencies such as the USDA
  • Agricultural product sales and marketing
  • Agricultural research and education
  • Greenhouse and nursery production facilities, florists and garden center management
  • Non-profit organizations specializing in food and agricultural issues
  • Owning and/or managing their own farms
  • Crop advisors
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The Experience360 Program gives you the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world activities like internships, career exploration experiences, student research, study abroad, leadership development and more.

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Student Clubs and Organizations
Horticulture Society

Expand your knowledge of horticulture through club projects, field trips, discussions, and guest speakers!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
Floral Society

Expand your knowledge through field trips, speakers and practicing floral techniques!

Four horticulture students at A Day stand
Student Clubs and Organizations

Work with other students to host our annual fair on campus!

Dr. Jacqueline A. Ricotta, Professor, Chair, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture