Plant Science - Environmental Horticulture Academic Program

The following information lists course offerings by the University of Florida. The list is provided for your convenience. Please check with official University publications before making decisions regarding your curriculum.

This interdisciplinary major combines the study of grasses, soils, water and pests affecting turf with the study of business and management. Students select classes from the departments of Environmental Horticulture, Soil and Water Science, Entomology and Nematology, and Plant Pathology.

Career opportunities include work with golf courses, sports turf facilities, lawn-care companies, parks, agrichemical industries, cemeteries, environmental consulting firms, sod farms, government agencies, and preparation for graduate school. Students should see a department adviser for guidance and approval of electives.

Off-campus degree programs in this interdisciplinary study are available through the Ft. Lauderdale and Milton Research and Education Centers.

Critical Tracking and Semester Plan

Semester 1:


  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023, BOT 2010C or BSC 2010/2010L, BOT 2011C or BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, MAC 1147

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 5:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan:

Recommended Semester Plan

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

Semester 1 Credits
BOT 2010C Introductory Botany (3) or
BSC 2010 and 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory (1) (all GE-B)
Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
Elective 3
Humanities​ 3​
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
Total 15-16
Semester 2 Credits
BOT 2011C Plant Diversity (4) or
BSC 2011 and 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 2 Laboratory (1) (all GE-B)
HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​​ 3​
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (GE-M) 4
Electives 4
Total 15
Semester 3 Credits
AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR) 3
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (1) (both GE-P) 4
Electives 5
Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
Total 15
Semester 4 Credits
AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You (3) or
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (4) or
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (4) (all GE-S)
AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
SPC 2608 Public Speaking
PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 or
PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics (both GE-P)
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
Elective 3
Total 15-16
Semester 5 Credits
ORH 3222C Turfgrass Culture 4
ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use 3
PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science 3
Approved elective 4
Total 14
Semester 6 Credits
ORH 4236C Landscape Turfgrass Management 3
SWS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory (1) 4
Approved electives 6
Total 13
Summer Credits
PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience 3
Total 3
Semester 7 Credits
HOS 4304 Horticultural Physiology 3
ORH 3253C Introductory Nursery Management 4
PLS 3223 and 3223L Plant Propagation (2) and Plant Propagation Laboratory (1) 3
Approved electives 5
Total 15
Semester 8 Credits
AGR 4905 or ORH 4905 or PLP 4905 Capstone Experience 3
ORH 4933 Professional Seminar 1
Approved electives 11
Total 15

Approved Electives: Minimum 26 credits. Choose courses from the areas below and focus your electives toward a specific minor or area of expertise. An adviser can help establish a plan for these electives. For a broader program, choose a minimum of three credits from each area. Consult an adviser for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

Environment and Natural Resources
EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration (4)
EVS 3000 Environmental Science (3)
ORH 3815C Florida Native Landscaping (3)
SWS 4244 Wetlands (3)
WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management (3)

Landscape and Design Development
LDE 3410C Residential Landscape Design (3)
LDE 4404C Advanced Residential Landscape Design (3)
ORH 4223 Golf and Sports Turf Management (2)
ORH 4804 and 4804L Annual Perennial Gardening (2) and Laboratory (1)
ORH 4848 Landscape Plant Establishment (2)
ORH 4932 Landscape Installation (construction) (3)

Management and Sales
AEB 3122 Financial Planning Agribusiness (3) -or- AEB 4136 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (for off-campus students only) (3)
AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management (3)
AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing (3)
AEB 3341 Strategic Selling (3)
AEB 4424 Human Resource Management in Agribusiness (3)

Plant Pest Management
AOM 3333 Pesticide Application Techniques (3)
ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Laboratory (1)
IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf (3)
PLP 3002C Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (4)
PLS 4601C Weed Science (3)

Plant Improvement, Growth and Development
AGR 3303 Genetics (3)
BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biochemistry (3)
HOS 4341 Advanced Horticulture Physiology (3)
ORH 4256 Nutritional Management of Nursery Crops (3)
ORH 4932 Ornamental Stress Physiology (3)
SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management (3)

Plant Production and Management
ORH 3611 Retail Florist Shop and Garden Center Management (3)
ORH 4242C Arboriculture (4)
ORH 4264 Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Culture (3)
PLS 4242C Micro-propagation of Horticultural Crops (4)



Golf and Sports Turf Management Academic Program

Dr. Jason Kruse
(352) 273-4569

Dr. Bryan Unruh
(850) 994-5215

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