Food &
the Future

Serving the State, Serving the World

The WSU Department of Horticulture serves the Pacific Northwest with science-based solutions farmers, orchardists, and greenhouse operators. In Washington alone, agriculture is an $11 billion per year industry that creates nearly 165,000 jobs. Washington grows 300 different crops–and its workforce is as diverse as the crops we grow. Most of the state’s farms are family-owned–with 27,000 owned by women. From apples to zucchini, the Department of Horticulture has fully integrated programs in teaching, research, and extension.

Why a Horticulture Degree from WSU?

WSU Horticulture is among the top ten programs in the U.S., offering a world-class education for students interested in a career that can directly impact the welfare of their community.

Agricultural Biotechnology

This major emphasizes the development and application of new technology to ensure a safe and abundant food and fiber supply.

Young scientist holding tray with seedlings above microscope in greenhouse.

Fruit & Vegetable Management

Learn the most efficient and sustainable management practices involving state-of-the-art production systems for the diverse fruit and vegetable crops produced in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Farm Worker In Greenhouse Checking Tomato Plants Using Digital Tablet

Viticulture & Enology

This major offers the technical, scientific, and practical experience needed to gain the essential skills for producing high quality grapes and premium wines. It prepares students for successful careers in the wine industry in Washington and beyond.

WSU student in vineyard conducting grape research

Landscape, Nursery, & Greenhouse Management

If you are interested in owning or managing a nursery or greenhouse, attending graduate school in horticulture, working for university extension offices and research greenhouses, maintaining landscapes and parks, or working as wholesale horticultural-product brokers, this major is for you.

Agricultural and Food Systems

Agricultural and Food Systems is an exciting, college-wide, interdisciplinary program offering a Bachelor of Science degree with five majors. While each major focuses on a different aspect of the global food system, all five emphasize a solid foundation in the agricultural sciences. A core set of classes provide you with a broad interdisciplinary background while the individual major classes offer a specialized knowledge in your area of interest. Learn the business and science of feeding the world by becoming a skilled communicator, critical thinker, and leader for the global agricultural industry.

Minor in Horticulture

To minor in Horticulture you must complete a minimum of 16 credit hours in HORT courses. At least 9 hours must be in 300- or 400-level courses, excluding Hort 399 and 499, and taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses. Hort/CropS 202 and 351 are highly recommended. You can apply for the Minor in Horticulture here.

Faculty in Horticulture are located across the state in a wide variety of agricultural systems and settings.

Map of Washington with pins indicating locations of WSU horticultural research and education


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