Horticulture

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Create new food, flowers and medicinal plants through horticultural production systems.

The Horticulture major of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree program is designed for students who want use scientific advancements to improve the horticultural industry. This is the major for you, if you want to focus on the management of commercial greenhouses, horticultural production, breeding improved crop varieties, in vitro plant propagation or using turfgrass and other plant species to enhance urban environments.

You also have the option to learn through a variety of field trips, experiential learning in the workplace and independent study projects.

Graduate with knowledge in genetics and biotechnology, biochemistry, economics, horticultural crop production, plant protection, plant physiology, plant ecology, soil science and plant propagation.

This new major, offered and administered by the Department of Plant Agriculture, replaces the previously offered Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences (CHATS) major. You may also be interested in the Crop Science major. Program format: on-campus, in-person.

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 2 courses from Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Physics (SPH4U), and 2 additional 4U or 4M courses. Students that are mature, transfer, or applying from outside Ontario should visit the admission requirements page to learn about their requirements.

Plant Program Information Night

Join us virtually on October 5th at 7:00 PM to learn about OAC plant programs! The event will include a program presentation and a panel of current students, recent alumni, and faculty to answer all your questions. Register for the Plant Program Information Night here.

Unique Courses

  • Vegetable Production
  • Fruit Crops
  • Annual, Perennial and Indoor Plants – Identification and Use
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Greenhouse Production
  • Advanced Turfgrass Science
  • Plant Breeding

Full course descriptions and a listing of all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Co-op

New offering for 2023 entry! A co-op option is now available for students studying in the Horticulture major. Students are required to complete four co-op work terms as part of this five-year degree. Working with Co-operative Education and Career Services, students receive support in applying for positions and completing work terms. The co-op experience improves students’ job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, while they explore career opportunities and make money.

Career Opportunities

  • Crop production specialist
  • Pest management specialist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Greenhouse facility manager
  • Sod production specialist

Learn About the Perks

Join a dynamic industry.

Careers in agriculture are unique, flexible and in high demand. OAC graduates become leaders in the agriculture and food sectors.

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Find your
people.

Join one of U of G's unique clubs like the OAC Soil and Crop Club that brings together everyone with a passion for the cropping aspects of agriculture.

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Access funding support. 

OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2020, 687 student awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!

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Questions

Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Check out the following pages to learn more: