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B.S. in Horticulture, Horticultural Food Crops

The Horticulture – Horticultural Food Crops major 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: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Students in the Horticulture – Horticultural Food Crops major 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.

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  • Production Option
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