Freshman

Course Selection

  • Familiarize yourself with horticulture as a major and learn biology and chemistry that serves as a base for all future coursework.
  • Gateway Courses: Core courses, HORT 1010 (fall), BIOL 1020 (fall), BIOL 1030 (spring), CHEM 1030/1031.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your assigned academic advisor each semester to discuss your major and academic plan.

Comer Hall, home of the college of agriculture student advising

Gain Experience

  •  Check your “This Week on Ag Hill” and “Find Your Career” e-mails to learn about ways you can get involved and gain experience on campus.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

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Get Involved

  • Join the College of Agriculture Student Services Facebook page for college and major updates, and internship and job postings.
  • The Auburn student chapter of Landscape & Nursery Association (LNA) gives students professional opportunities in horticulture. Meetings frequently include speakers from industry, and each spring, members travel to the national competitions where they compete in events relating to all areas of the horticulture industry. Students also make industry contacts for internships and job opportunities.
  • Follow the College of Agriculture on our social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • You will being to broaden your knowledge of horticulture as you dig deeper into your major.
  • Gateway Courses: HORT 3220 (Fall).

Ask for Assistance

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve academic performance, including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction and academic coaching.

Gain Experience

  • Consider traveling abroad. The college offers Study Abroad Scholarships to students studying abroad.
  • Apply to the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program. Students get to take part in job shadowing opportunities, networking opportunities, and see first hand where your degree can take you.
  • Use LinkedIn (linkedin.com/alumni) to identify past graduates in your major.
  • Contact them to set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.

Get Involved

  • Volunteer! Seek out opportunities that cater to your interest and also challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Utilize AUInvolve to identify organizations of interest, to attend meetings and enhance your resume.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses: HORT 3950, HORT 4270.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with a counselor in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance.

Gain Experience

  • Pursue opportunities for an internship.
  • Attend professional development events (Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinners, Workshops).

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in your organization to exercise and enhance your skills.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses: GROUP 1 AND GROUP 2 COURSES.

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with the UCC to update your resume and cover letter.

Gain Experience

  • Attend AU Career Fair.
  • Attend professional conferences and take part in industry tours.

Get Involved

  • Gamma Sigma Delta is the Honor Society of Agriculture. The organization is dedicated to recognizing your academic achievements.

General Information

This track will provide you with the opportunity to combine the science of horticulture and your creative abilities in creating aesthetically beautiful, inviting and functional environments. You will use the principles of design and the appropriate plant material to create both residential and commercial landscapes.

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Interests

Holland's Code: REI

  • Realistic
  • Enterprising
  • Investigative
  • Personality

    Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

    • ESTP
    • ISTJ
    • ISTP

    *Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

    Values

    • Relationships
    • Working Conditions
    • Support

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

    Job and Internship Opportunities

    RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Horticulture: Landscape Majors

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    Last modified: August 12, 2020