Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture

Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture

Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture offers diversified opportunities that are challenging, intellectually stimulating, and economically rewarding. Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture is the science and art of producing, distributing, marketing, and using flowers, flowering and foliage plants, and woody ornamental landscape plants. It offers a wide variety of employment opportunities at competitive salaries. Students completing this curriculum are prepared for many different careers including greenhouse or nursery management, landscape management, public service, and technical product research and sales. Students can also receive a minor in floriculture and ornamentals.


  • Greenhouse owner/grower
  • Ornamental Nursery owner/grower
  • Community Supported Agriculture Farm Manager
  • Garden Center management/Owner
  • Public Garden, Botanical Garden and Arboretum curator
  • Education director at a public garden
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Garden Writer
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • City Horticulturist
  • Horticultural Sales and Marketing
  • Horticultural Consulting
  • Horticultural Product technical rep
  • Research technician for govt. and private firms
  • University Extension Specialist
  • Community College and VoTech Teaching


Mississippi State University is now offering degree programs that may be completed in three years. These undergraduate degree programs are special programs which allow highly motivated and hard-working students the opportunity to complete a degree in three years rather than the traditional four years. Both the three year and traditional four year degree program are available in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture.

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A Minor in Floriculture and Ornamentals consists of the following courses:

  • PSS 2423 Plant Materials I
  • PSS 3473 Plant Materials II
  • PSS 3923 Plant Propagation
Students also must choose two of the following:
  • PSS 3313 Interior Planting Design & Maintenance
  • PSS 4343 Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • PSS 4353 Arboriculture and Landscape Maintenance
  • PSS 4363 Sustainable Nursery Production
  • PSS 4613 Floriculture Crop Programming

Transfer Guide

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning has developed articulation agreements which contains programs of courses appropriate for transfer for community/junior college students who attend Mississippi's eight public universities. At the bottom of each program are listed the universities which offer the baccalaureate degree program. Each university will accept courses as listed on the particular transfer program without loss of credit toward the conclusion of the four-year degree. It is intended that this articulation agreement be a minimum program transfer for all students moving from the community/junior college to the university system, as well as moving between universities in the system, acting as a "safety net" for transfer students. This guide is available via pdf from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. For courses which would transfer for credit to the Horticulture degree, please see page 135 of the transfer guide.

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