The horticulture degree program at Delaware Valley University offers students the opportunity to study several different subjects, including plant science and biotechnology, fruit and vegetable production, hydroponics and sustainable agriculture. It is one of four majors within the University's Department of Plant Science and has earned a reputation as one of their most successful areas of study.

The program is known for its small, professional classes, which allow students to receive one-on-one attention from instructors both in the classroom and out in the field. In fact, the University boasts what one might consider an outdoor living laboratory with its access to greenhouses, farms, fields and more. The focus on such diverse lessons results in a comprehensive education in the art, business and science of horticulture.

Pursuing a Horticulture Degree

Students working in the horticulture degree program will have access to vegetable production areas on DelVal’s campus, the Roth Farm (which boasts a high tunnel and certified organic field), more than 12,000 feet of modern greenhouse space, a 60-acre arboretum and orchards located on both the campus, and Gemmill Farm. Students will also be taught how to use and have access to an extensive selection of farm equipment, hydroponic equipment and other such tools.

Students who decide to pursue a horticulture degree will be required to take a number of classes, including Biological Science, General Chemistry, Principles of Organic Chemistry and more. Classes specific to the horticulture degree include Soils, Botany of Vascular Plants, Horticulture Techniques, Plant Propagation and Commercial Fruit Production, just to name a few.

All the professors teaching in the horticulture program at Delaware Valley University are extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and they maintain connections within the horticulture industry.

Horticulture Career Opportunities

The horticulture degree program at Delaware Valley University is both nationally and internationally renowned as one of the top horticulture programs in the country. In addition to the comprehensive in-classroom education, the real-world hands-on experience that students will have allows them to successfully find positions in the horticulture field following graduation.

Many students who graduate with a horticulture degree end up working on fruit and vegetable farms, at state and federal agencies (such as the USDA), in agricultural research and education, at greenhouse and nursery production facilities or in agricultural product sales and marketing. Some students choose to further their education in graduate school and have often ended up with positions in lab and field research as well.

Contact: Jackie Ricotta, Professor