Crop Ecology

This specialization is designed for students who wish to apply ecological and basic science principles to the design and study of sustainable cropping systems and agricultural ecosystem function. They will develop a holistic understanding of the fundamental principles of plant production systems and interactions and be prepared for careers in research, education or advising.

Landscape and Nursery Horticulture

This specialization is for students who want to understand the scientific principles of turf and ornamental plant production and use and who desire business knowledge and management skills. This specialization is offered through the statewide program is also available at the Research and Education Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, and West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton.

Plant Genetics

This specialization is designed for students who want to learn how to use genetic tools to create plants with characteristics beneficial to the environment and society. Students will explore plant processes and function, types and causes of plant stress, and the practice of plant improvement using genetic tools. Students will prepare for careers developing improved plants and/or educating others about genetic techniques for plant improvement.

Plant Health

This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers related to plant health management in the public or private sector or advanced degrees in plant pathology, plant medicine or other plant disciplines.

Restoration Horticulture

This specialization prepares students to apply horticultural-based knowledge to the establishment, management and protection of plant communities. This background will develop proficiency in many areas of applied plant science, including native/rate plant propagation, ex situ plant conservation, weed control, nursery production of native plants and planting design and specification.

Sustainable Food Production

The specialization prepares students for professions in crop production and management. Students will explore and understand production practices that meet present world food needs without compromising quality of life for future generations. Courses emphasize aquatic and terrestrial weed management, optimizing management practices (including energy utilization, nutrient management, tillage for soil and water conservation), sustainability and environmental issues.

Community Food Systems

This specialization is for students who want to learn about contemporary food systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will learn about different food production systems and their ecological and environmental impacts and services, including consideration of political, economic, ethical, social and cultural aspects of food systems. Graduates could work in community or government food-based programs, urban agriculture and the food industry.

Garden Design and Management

This specialization is designed for students who are interested in the relationship of plants to people, including garden design, plants and human behavior and management of plants in landscapes and public garden spaces.

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