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B.S. in Horticulture, Horticultural Food Crops, Production

The Horticulture – Horticultural Food Crops – Production option at Colorado State University focuses on systems related to production of fruits and vegetables. Specific courses include fruit and vegetable production, irrigation practices, soil fertility, propagation, breeding, and related plant pest management courses.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $31,712 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Students in the Horticulture – Horticultural Food Crops – Production option at Colorado State University must choose either the Production or Seed Science option.

Those interested in organic food crop production can major in Horticulture in the Horticultural Food Crops concentration and pursue the Organic Agriculture Interdisciplinary Minor.

A number of opportunities exist in horticultural food crops-related professions including greenhouse production, all phases of the retail and wholesale business, greenhouse supply sales, greenhouse construction, seed production and sales, plant breeding and plant research.

Potential Occupations

Horticulture is both a production and service industry. Well-educated horticulturists have the best opportunity for obtaining positions and moving up in the industry.

The industry will be looking for professionals who can manage greenhouses, nurseries, and floral outlets, buy and sell supplies, plant material, and equipment, or edit journals and newsletters.

Meeting the nutritional needs of the world population is an important challenge. Researchers are needed to develop improved fruit and vegetable varieties. Other professionals are needed to improve production and transportation methods and to develop and market better fertilizers.

Within this field, students can exercise their talents and interests in computers, construction, engineering, chemistry, physics, social services, or business management. Participation in internships and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.

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Sara Bombaci // Master of Science

Courses included

  • Ecology and Management of Weeds
  • Vegetable Crop Management
  • Principles of Fruit Crop Management
  • Horticulture Crop Production and Management
  • Plant Breeding
  • Environmental Plant Stress Physiology
  • Irrigation Principles

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