University Catalog 2024-2025

Horticultural Science (Minor)


The academic minor in Horticultural Science is offered to students who desire a strong foundation in the principles of horticultural science. Students may choose to enhance their own major by selecting courses in a specialized area of horticulture such as fruits and vegetables, ornamentals, floriculture, or landscape horticulture, or they may pursue a more general approach to the entire field of study.


Students may declare their desire to complete the Horticultural Science minor by contacting the Director of Undergraduate Programs as listed below


The Director of Undergraduate Programs will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.


Dr. Helen T. Kraus
Department of Horticultural Science
Box 7609, N.C. State University
Kilgore Hall 132
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

SIS Code: 11HSM

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of at least 16 credit hours.
  • Student must have an overall minimum 2.0 GPA in the requirements for the minor. 
Required Courses (7 credit hours)7
The World of Horticulture: Principles and Practices
Plant Propagation
Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
Choose three (3) courses from the following:9
Home Horticulture
Introduction to Small Scale Landscape Design
Floral Design
Gardening with Herbaceous Perennials
Ornamental Plant Identification I
Ornamental Plant Identification II
Plant Micropropagation and Tissue Culture
Nursery Management
Green Infrastructure
Temperate-Zone Tree Fruits: Physiology and Culture
Small Fruit Production
Vegetable Production
Introduction to Permaculture
Greenhouse Management
Floriculture Crop Production
Plant Nutrition
Postharvest Physiology
Landscape Ecosystem Management
Crop Physiology and Production in Controlled Environments
Horticulture Internship
Research Experience in Horticultural Science
Teaching Experience in Horticultural Science
Total Hours16