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Thread: What Colleges Have Horticulture as a Major?

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    Unhappy What Colleges Have Horticulture as a Major?

    So as much as I love California State University of Northridge, They just don't offer anything plant related. The school doesn't really care much for it's botanical garden and greenhouse facilities. SO I decided I'd like to get out of LA and move up north to Washington, Oregon, or Somewhere in Northern California to pursue a degree in Horticulture.

    The problem is, I can't really find any schools that offer Horticulture. I was looking forward to transferring to CSU Chico to major in musical theatre but they have no horticulture major that I'm aware of.

    I need some help of finding school in those three states.

    So far, I've found:
    Washington State University
    Oregon State University
    CSU Pomona
    CSU San Luis Obispo

    and that's it. I was surprised CSU Humboldt or Chico didn't have horticulture but was especially surprised UC Berkley, Davis, Santa Barbara and Portland State University did not offer it.

    If you can find a college with Musical theatre and Horticulture as a major as well, elt me know!

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    I think that University of Oregon does. My school, Evergreen State College, doesn't have majors but does offer a number of good courses in sustainable agriculture, microbiology and environmental biology/chemistry/ecology, which can definitely be assembled into a horticultural degree. If you're really self-motivated and like smaller classes, it might be a good choice. We've definitely got a lot of theatre/communications stuff going on too, but I don't know how much of it is specifically musical theatre.
    You're not missing anything special at Portland State. I'm also surprised that Humboldt, Chico and the other CSU schools don't have it, but I guess majors are something that schools have to be kind of particular about.
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    I know its on the other side of the country..
    but just for the sake of this discussion, Cornell has a Horticulture program:

    http://hort.cals.cornell.edu/

    and they have:

    http://www.arts.cornell.edu/theatrearts/

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    Are you sure UCD doesn't have one? That would be awfully surprising. It might have a different name or be offered by another department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herenorthere View Post
    Are you sure UCD doesn't have one? That would be awfully surprising. It might have a different name or be offered by another department.
    Ditto. Isn't Davis in the middle of a bunch of farmland?
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    UC Davis has plant sciences and Environmental Horticulture & Urban Forestry.

    I'm not interested in working in just forest and I don't want it to just be environmental.

    And most of the school just have agriculture.

    Which isn't totally my thing since I don't like just working with farm plants such as corn, tomatoes, and potatoes.

    With Horticulture, I want to have a job where I can be a knowledgeable nursery staff or botanical garden staff that will able able to answer questions with the right information. Also get down and dirty with mother nature to teach people how to properly cultivate plants. Keep them in shape and be able to solve any problems that surround them.

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    Woot go Cornell! They have anything and everything you could imagine to do with plants.

    If I recall I also applied to Rutgers in NJ. I think they have a plant program too but not nearly as extensive as Cornell.
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    Well, it may turn out not be your thing, but you should look into Evergreen. If you find the right professor to work with you can do pretty much whatever you're interested in with independent work. There are a lot of plant-types and also a masters in education program. I've found myself wishing that I had gone and introduced myself to the biology department staff a little better when I first came up here.
    Sustainable Agriculture
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    Plants, People and Phytochemicals
    Some previous programs I'm thinking of are on reforestation, wilderness education, etc. You would probably want to a year of independent study on nursery work. There's a lot of support for internships - you could do one at a local nursery, of which there are many, or you could even probably get away with moving to any nursery that would agree to sponsor you. I knew a guy that did two years of independent study doing film work in Seattle. He only came to campus like six times to meet with his professors the whole time. That might not sound very serious to some, but that's kind of an extreme example. Like I said before, if you're serious about your education, Evergreen can offer a lot for you.
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