Academic Programs

The Department of Horticulture offers a broad spectrum of educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Our department is committed to engaging students in service and learning projects in the local community. To learn more about our Engaged Department award, click here. Please explore the opportunities below and contact our academic coordinators if you have any questions or want to discuss your educational plans.


Undergraduate majors and minors

Graduate studies


Horticulture Majors

Students currently can earn a B.S. in Horticulture in one of two majors at Virginia Tech:

Environmental Horticulture

Landscape Contracting

Make the most of your Horticulture Major


Horticulture Minors

NEW Viticulture Minor

The number of vineyards across Virginia and the mid-Atlantic has expanded rapidly in the last two decades. Virginia has become the 5th largest wine producing region in the United States. The Department of Horticulture has created this minor to serve students interested in grape production and winemaking. The Viticulture minor, though housed in Horticulture, will provide an interdisciplinary learning experience in wine grape production, winemaking, and wine business and marketing, thanks to the cooperation of several other departments. Students of any major can enroll, beginning Fall 2014, with 2016 as the first effective calendar year students may graduate with the minor. 18 credits. Requirements


Horticulture Minor

The Horticulture Minor is a popular choice for students from every corner of the campus at Virginia Tech. It is especially appropriate for students in Landscape Architecture, Turfgrass Management, Urban Planning, and Urban Forestry. 19 credits Requirements


Graduate Studies in Horticulture

Horticulture offers both a Master’s of Science and Doctoral degrees in all areas of faculty expertise.

  • M.S. in Horticulture This is a two-year degree culminating in a research thesis. Students are prepared to pursue doctoral studies or accelerate their professional careers.
  • Ph.D. in Horticulture Doctoral studies in Horticulture focus on scientific investigation in consultation with an doctoral advisor and committee of faculty.

Learn more about Graduate Studies in Horticulture


In addition, the department participates in the College of Life Sciences online professional degree program, the Master’s of Agricultural & Life Sciences.

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