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Horticulture Science

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Design and maintain an urban forest, a community garden or a new golf course. Manage a greenhouse. Help developing countries feed themselves. Introduce a new high-value crop which can be processed to add further value. Beautify the environment – both indoors and out – while also working to reduce energy use and pollution and help to grow food crops sustainably. Develop and demonstrate new energy efficient and ecologically sound means of growing greenhouse crops through a cold prairie winter.


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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Horticulture Science

  • B.S.A.

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What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is the study of the biology, improvement, production and utilization of fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinals, ornamental crops, trees, shrubs and turf grass grown under field and greenhouse conditions.  It is the most diverse of agricultural industries, involving both art and science with career oportunities from greenhouse and golf course management, food production and landscaping to research and education and beyond.

Production and utilization of horticultural crops and ornamental plants represent an opportunity for expansion and diversification of Canada's agriculture sector.  Nutraceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and the supply and maintenance of horticulture crops are growth areas with excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Horticultural Science: Is it for you?

Horticulture students find employment opportunities in greenhouse and crop production businesses, industry, education and government.

AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program.  The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows students to get to know their instructors and fellow students and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies.  Students with an interest in horticulture can join the Agricultural Students’ Association or an interest group such as the Horticuture Club.  As graduates of our programs you will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills.

As well, the College's strong ties with industry and reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

Graduates are eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.

Sample Classes

Fundamentals of Horticulture
An introduction to the economic, nutritional and aesthetic value of horticulture emphasizing its importance and impact. Consideration is given to vegetable, fruit, turf grasses, nursery, and greenhouse production as well as landscaping, herbs, and medicinal plants. Emphasis is placed on Saskatchewan production in relation to regional, national and international markets. Laboratories consist of four Saturday field trips and hands-on exercises at the beginning of the term.

Ornamental Plants
Studies the identification of ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials, biennials, and annuals commonly grown in Saskatchewan. Consideration is also given to culture, propagation and use.

Urban Food Production
This multi-disciplinary course introduces students to the concept of producing food in an urban setting and takes a more in-depth look at our evolving food system. In addition to learning how to grow fruits and vegetables, students will learn about the nutritional aspects, storage requirements and utilization of crops. Topics including urban livestock, aquaculture, apiculture, rooftop gardening, hobby greenhouse production, and environment modification will be briefly discussed. Students will learn how the urban food production movement has influenced urban design and utilization of land within urban settings. Environmentally friendly practices including water harvesting, composting, organic production, and integrated pest management will be discussed.

Career Opportunities

A growing demand for scientists and professionals equipped to deal with agricultural and environmental issues means a wide variety of career choices for graduates specializing in horticulture science. Indeed, the career opportunities in horticulture are as diverse as the industry.

  • greenhouse and crop production
  • industry work government agencies
  • landscape construction and management
  • marketing and sales
  • private and public research
  • design and maintenance of private and public plant collections and botanical gardens
  • crop and food inspection
  • plant breeding industries
  • tree nurseries

Nutraceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and the supply and maintenance of horticulture crops are growth areas with excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs.

A Stepping Stone

A BSA degree is also a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.

Graduates from these highly-regarded BSA programs also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.

Earning a Master's degree in Plant Science takes an average of two years and is a significant advantage in terms of career opportunities.