Grow your own adventure.
Whether you are figuring out new ways to feed the world or feeding your desire to make the world more beautiful, Iowa State’s Department of Horticulture is an inclusive and exciting place to cultivate your talents. This is the place to get your hands dirty in becoming a grower, gardener, designer, and technical advisor in lucrative horticulture careers.
“Horticulture influences our everyday lives. Whether it be the grass we walk on, the apple we eat, or the flowers in the gardens around us and so much more.”
Horticulture. A career you’ll grow to love.
Horticulture is the beautiful intersection between art and science, where your passion for planting and growing help bring food, materials, comfort, and beauty to our world. From maintaining the turf at the Masters Tournament or NFL’s big game, to designing breathtaking landscapes for homeowners or businesses, we have everything you need to develop your skills as a horticulturist.
Iowa State’s Horticulture department is one of the oldest and most respected in the world. You’ll learn from industry-leading professors and have access to the latest technologies in landscaping, turfgrass management, and every food and non-food crop under the sun… and rain. Off campus you’ll stay busy working at greenhouses, farms and vineyards, golf courses, sports fields, and landscape construction and management firms.
Our graduates have no problem finding work. With a consistent 98% job placement within six months of graduation, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a great career as:
- Fruit and vegetable producer
- Golf course or sports field manager
- Lawn care professional
- Nursery producer and garden center manager
- Landscape design and installation professional
- Public garden horticulturist and educator
- Garden writer and communication professional
- Environmental specialist