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Horticulture as an academic discipline deals with the science, art, and business of growing fruits, vegetables, turfgrass, and ornamental plants. It is concerned with growing plants for human consumption, medicinal purposes, or simply for aesthetic pleasure. Horticulture is multi-disciplinary and combines science, technology, art, and design. Pursuing a course in Horticulture covers topics like plant biotechnology, environmental and horticultural biology, wild plant identification, and urban ecology.

Horticulture students get access to both theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject. They gain knowledge of plants, ways to take care of them, develop an understanding of relating environmental factors to plant cultivation, and also establish designs for landscape gardening. A degree in Horticulture is ideal for candidates who are interested in growing and cultivating plants and who want to work closely with nature. There is a growing need and demand for Horticulturalists in this day and age, leading to an increase in career opportunities. Students who choose to pursue this degree abroad gain experience on the approach adopted by different countries in commercial plant production.

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Study Levels

Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in Horticulture can opt for the following courses:

B.Sc in Horticulture
Bachelor in Horticulture and Business Management
Bachelor of Plant Protection and Quarantine Assessment
Bachelor in International Horticulture and Management
Bachelor in Horticulture Technology
B.Sc in Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Horticulture
B.Sc in Agribusiness: Horticulture
Bachelor of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Horticulture
M.Sc in Horticulture
Master of Science in Agroecology and Plant Health
Master in Integrative Plant Sciences
Master in Plant and Forest Biotechnology
Master Degree in Applied Plant Biology
M.Sc in Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding
M.Sc in Environmental and Plant Biotechnology
Master in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science
Master in International Horticultural Science
M.Sc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants
Postgraduate Diploma in Horticulture and Landscape Gardening
Ph.D. in Horticulture

Specialisation

Students pursuing a graduate degree in Horticulture can choose to specialize in a specific area of study. This gives them a more detailed understanding and knowledge of the subject.

Throwing Caps

The areas of specialization include:

Floriculture
Pomology
Nursery Plant Propagation
Olericulture
Landscape Horticulture
Crop Physiology
Tropical and Subtropical Vegetables
Growth and Development of Horticulture Crops
Plant-Parasitic Nematode
Genetics
Food Technology
Water Management in Horticulture Crops
Ornamental Horticulture

Plant Breeding
Commercial Floriculture
Plantation Crops
Orchard Management
Breeding of Fruits
Soil Science
Organic Farming
Apiculture
Post-Harvest Management
Breeding and Seed Production
Plant Biotechnology
Horticulture Business Management
Processing of Horticulture Crops

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Employability

A degree in Horticulture offers ample career and employment opportunities for students. They can find employment both in the private and public sectors. A Horticulture degree does not only develop their academic knowledge but also the skills required to find jobs.

The job roles which Horticulture students can pursue are:

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    Plant Pathologist
    Consultant in Horticulture
    Ornamental Horticulturist
    Horticultural Technician
    Plant Care Worker
    Landscape Designer
    Horticulturist
    Horticultural Education Supervisor
    Assistant Manager of Human Resources
    Farm Supervisor

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    Pomologist
    Soil Scientist
    Seed Analyst
    Marketer
    Floriculturist
    Pest Manager
    Irrigation Manager
    Researcher
    Foreman
    Gardener
    Nursery Staffer
    Horticultural Inspector
    Business Management.
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