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

  • Horticulture 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 Floral Management.

Download the three year curriculum

Download the four year curriculum


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

  • PSS 2323 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 and Maintenance
  • PSS 4343 Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • PSS 4353 Arboriculture and Landscape Maintenance
  • PSS 4363 Sustainable Nursery Production
  • PSS 4613 Floriculture Crop Programming


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.

Internship Requirements

FM majors must complete a 12 week, 480 clock hour work experience in a floral industry enterprise. The internship requirement may be completed any semester after successful completion of PSS 2343, Floral Design.