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Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Integrated Plant Sciences Program
Offered as:
Major

Overview

The landscape, nursery, and greenhouse management major is a horticulture-based program that prepares students for opportunities in plant propagation; the production and marketing of potted crops, bedding plants, trees, shrubs, and cut flowers, botanic garden and arboretum maintenance, and landscape plant management.

This is a perfect major for students interested in owning or managing a nursery or greenhouse, attending graduate school in horticulture, working for university extension offices and research greenhouses, maintaining landscapes and parks, or working as wholesale horticultural-product brokers.

Students in this major are encouraged to gain hands-on experience and earn scholarships through participation in the Horticulture Club.

Strengths of the program
  • Prepare for a wide range of career paths related to growing and using plants
  • Tailor coursework to your interests with flexible electives in the degree requirements
  • Work in the green industry to obtain relevant training through a professional work experience
  • Train to diagnose plant, landscape, and greenhouse problems and evaluate options for management or enhancement
  • Learn to use plants to deliver environmental benefits such as reduced air and water pollution, extended habitat for wildlife, energy conservation, and improved human health
  • Understand and apply sound scientific knowledge for good environmental stewardship
Featured courses

Core courses in this major include:

HORT 231, 232: Landscape Plant Materials
HORT 331: Landscape Plant Installation and Management
SOIL_SCI 301: Ecological Soil Management OR SOIL_SCI 441: Soil Fertility
HORT 251: Plant Propagation
HORT 357: Greenhouse Management/Crop Production

Students also get to select from a variety of electives. A few examples:

HORT 310: Pomology
HORT 332: Interior Plantscaping
CROP_SCI 305: Ecology and Management of Weeds
CROP_SCI 301: Turfgrass Management
BIOL 409: Plant Anatomy
HORT 340: Nursery Management
NATRS 454: Restoration Ecology
NATRS 464: Landscape Ecology

Graduation requirements

See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.

For all students at WSU

Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.

To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:

  • Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.

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For majors in landscape, nursery, and greenhouse management

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) annually awards more than $500,000 to students. For more information, see the CAHNRS scholarships page.

Careers

This is an exciting major for students interested in owning or managing a nursery or greenhouse, attending graduate school in horticulture, working for university extension offices and research greenhouses, maintaining landscapes and parks, or working as wholesale horticultural-product brokers.

Some examples of things our graduates do:

  • Installation and management of landscape plant ecosystems, both interior and exterior
  • Wholesale and retail nursery, greenhouse, and florist production and sales
  • Garden, park, and arboretum management, both public and private
  • Extend knowledge through teaching, research, extension, and media production