Online Horticulture Classes

Horticulture coursework explores the theories and methods of producing and caring for plants. Learn about the degrees and certificates available in addition to class topics and online program options. Schools offering Floral Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Online horticulture classes may be offered as stand-alone courses or as part of an online degree program. These programs are available at all levels and offer a wide variety of topics in plant science and gardening.

Schools Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, Cornell University
Degrees Undergraduate Certificate, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Master of Horticultural Science
Courses Landscape Plant Materials, Plant Nutrition, Horticulture Plant Science, Garden Practices

What Kind of Programs Offer Horticulture Classes Online?

Depending on the college or university, you can take online horticulture classes individually or within a full degree program. Horticulture programs that offer part or all of the curriculum online may include a technical certificate or diploma in environmental horticulture or a certificate in horticulture technology or ornamental horticulture. You could also earn an Associate of Technical Arts degree in ornamental or restoration horticulture, a Bachelor of Science in General Horticulture or a Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences degree. In other cases, online horticulture classes are non-credit courses after which you receive a certificate recognizing your achievement or, occasionally, continuing education credit.

What Topics Can I Study?

Courses in horticulture focus on the impact of plants in all parts of life, as well as the overall management and materials used in plant production. Some courses may be region-specific, such as land and water use in the Pacific Northwest or urban forestry. In some cases, your course will be designed for students pursuing a particular horticulture-related career, such as nursery grower.

Online coursework can include classes in:

  • Organic Gardening and Farming
  • Greenhouse Operations and Management
  • Crop Production
  • Ornamental Plant Materials
  • Garden Design
  • Botanical Illustration
  • Pest Management
  • Plant Science
  • Landscape Materials

What Is the Typical Class Format?

Online horticulture classes are typically tied to semester start and end dates. You'll exchange coursework electronically through the Internet or an online course management system. Some schools offer you the opportunity to interact through online discussion groups. You may be required to supplement your online studies with on-campus work at local schools, such as biology lab classes. Some programs offer only hybrid courses that combine online learning with classroom instruction. You may also be able to participate in virtual field trips.

Other schools that offer online programs include:

  • Florida Gateway College
  • Utah State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Colorado State University

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