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Horticulture (AAS)

Horticulture Faculty Teaching Students Outdoors 

Interested in a career working with plants? Want the satisfaction of spending time with the beauty of nature and the outdoors? Want to contribute to enhanced environmental awareness? If you answered yes, then a career in Horticulture, the art and science of working with ornamental plants, may be for you. Students receive a practical, hands-on education guided by caring professors. Program internships provide a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Graduates work in greenhouses, estates, botanical gardens, arboretums, historical sites and anywhere where there is a garden as well as for private businesses throughout the world. Students also have the flexibility to transfer, upon graduation, to a four-year-college program in horticulture.


Admission Requirements
  • High School Average: 70
  • Algebra Regents: 70
  • Biology Regents: 70


Career Options
  • Nursery Manager
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Horticultural Inspector
  • Garden Center Manager
  • Public Gardens Manager
  • Arboretum Manager
  • Retail work in the field of horticulture
  • Transfer to a 4-year program in Horticulture or related field

Most graduates are either employed in the horticultural profession or are continuing their education.


What will I study?

The Horticulture program gives students a broad overview of the horticulture field. Practical experience is gained in growing and nurturing greenhouse crops, focusing on a wide variety of ornamental plants. Courses each semester provide instruction in basic areas including woody plants, herbaceous ornamentals and botany. Beyond these fundamentals are courses in pest control, designing landscapes and basic business courses. An integral portion of the program is the internship, which is usually completed during the summer between the student’s first and second year.

The aim of the curriculum is to prepare students for entry-level positions in horticulture, and to have the tools and experience to quickly advance in the industry. This program also gives students the flexibility to transfer, upon graduation, to a four-year-college program in horticulture.


Why Horticulture at SUNY Delhi?

  • Hands-on experience in real-life environments with state-of-the art equipment 
  • Small classes with many opportunities for one-on-one time with faculty
  • Excellent facilities such as the landscape design studio, computer labs with the latest software, display gardens with a wide variety of plant life, 280 acre natural arboretum, tree and shrub nursery, greenhouses, the Turf Education Center and the College Golf Course at Delhi.
  • Paid internships that are credit-bearing degree requirements are completed during the summer at sites across the country. The internship component is a priceless way to gain on-the-job experience and many times leads directly into employment.
  • Transfer opportunities exist for students who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Management and other related programs. An official transfer agreement between SUNY Delhi and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry provides students a smooth transition into their Landscape Architecture program. 
  • Numerous scholarships are awarded to Delhi students each year.
  • Nearly 100% job placement with a seamless transition to employment. 
  • Horticulture Club – A Student Chapter of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). The club promotes the development and advancement of students through industry contacts, field trips and additional career focused educational experiences.

Program Details




Last Updated: 2/19/16