May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Horticulture: Horticultural Production and Marketing Concentration, BS

About the Program

Horticultural production and marketing prepares students in the commercial production of horticultural crops and business management of horticultural enterprises. Graduates may manage greenhouses or nurseries, floral or plant shops, garden centers, orchards, vegetable farms, and farm markets. They may be involved with development, distribution, or sales of equipment, chemicals, or plant materials.

Horticulture Website

Horticulture Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (76 credits)

Horticultural Production and Marketing Concentration Selective Courses (25 credits)

  • Horticulture Production & Marketing Concentration Selectives - Credit Hours: 12.00 (see Horticulture Supplemental Information )
  • Human Cultures: Humanities Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core)
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 6.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology and Society Selective - Credit Hours: 1.00 (satisfies Science, Technology and Society for core)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (36-37 credits)

Electives (7-8 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 7.00-8.00

GPA Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Internship/Work Experience Requirement

A minimum of 320 hours of post-high school horticulture, farming, landscaping, turf management, and/or related work experience is required for a College of Agriculture baccalaureate of science degree from the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Summer work, intra-semester jobs, or internships can be used to satisfy this requirement. If you have questions about this requirement, contact your advisor. Contact your academic advisor to learn how to document your hours. The completed employment verification is required at least one semester before the student’s intended graduation term.

College of Agriculture Pass/No Pass Policy

College of Agriculture Undergraduate Pass/No Pass Policy  

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer courses listed in the Purdue Transfer Equivalency Guide with specific Purdue Subject codes (e.g. BIOL) may be used to fulfill degree requirements at the discretion of the College of Agriculture. However, Agriculture transfer courses listed with “UND” Purdue Subject codes cannot be used for any requirements in the College of Agriculture at Purdue.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample 4-Year Plan

14 Credits

16-17 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Horticulture Production & Marketing Concentration Selectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Horticulture Production & Marketing Concentration Selectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Sciences Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Written or Oral Communication Selective  (20000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12-13 Credits

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, click here.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

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