Horticulturists understand how plants grow and how to identify, propagate, install, and maintain different types of plants including trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials, and bedding plants. They also focus on environmental and pest problems associated with plants and the landscape. The SUNY Niagara Horticulture Associate of Applied Science degree program is geared to help both the novice and the more experienced “plant person” gain the education and training necessary to obtain employment or advance their career in the industry. The field of horticulture is rapidly expanding and offers numerous career opportunities both locally and nationally.
Coursework is based on real-world projects similar to those professionals encounter in the industry. With both theory and practical hands-on experience, students are introduced to the techniques and processes of the industry using professional tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed upon sustainable horticulture with current research and best management practices integrated into the curriculum. Field trips, externships, and collaborative activities with trade associations provide students with educational and networking opportunities with local industry-leading businesses. Graduates are also fully prepared for the Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional exam and can earn the NYS 30-Hour DEC Pesticide Applicator Training Certificate.
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Program Goals and Objectives
- To ensure students fulfill at least 4 SUNY general education categories.
- To provide students with an education in the principles of horticulture that will prepare them for employment in the industry.
Justin Graham ’11
“What I liked most about the Horticulture program was the hands-on learning and personal attention that professors provided. I chose SUNY Niagara mainly because of the cost and the fact that it is the only local school that has a horticulture program. My advice to potential students considering the program would be to do it. In a sense, our entire world is based around plants; the possibilities are endless. In 2017, my brother and I started a landscape maintenance contracting company.”