Environmental Horticulture Major

If the sun on your shoulders and designing beautiful outdoor spaces sounds like paradise to you, you’ll love Environmental Horticulture.

At a glance

When you major in Environmental Horticulture, you’ll be moved by the earth’s rhythms and seasons much more than the 9-5. Environmental horticulturists create aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally sound outdoor spaces. They design landscapes like golf courses, botanical gardens, and parks, and manage landscape design firms. In this major, you’ll round out your passion for plants with science- and business-based courses, and choose a concentration to focus on.  

Degree typeBachelor of Science
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Agricultural Sciences
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Landscape Design and Contracting

You’ll prepare for careers in the design-build profession for residential, commercial, and public properties.

Turf Management

You’ll explore and train for management opportunities ranging from sod production to the establishment and maintenance of private and public grounds.

Nursery and Landscape Management 

You’ll focus on landscape plant culture and use skills needed to start and manage a nursery, garden center, arboriculture, or landscape management firm. 

Some Career Options

As a graduate of the Environmental Horticulture major, you’ll find career opportunities in a multitude of fields in the green industry. Emerging demand for environmental solutions and green technologies will position you for careers in a wide variety of areas that include planning, design, and a variety of day-to-day work that suits those who want an “outdoor office”.

Tour and info session options

Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

College of Agricultural Sciences Recruitment at CAS_recruiting@mail.colostate.edu

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