- B.S. in Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science
This is an interdepartmental degree offered by the Department of Horticulture and the Department of Plant and Soil Science. Students with an interest in horticulture (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, and nursery production) pursue an emphasis in Horticulture Enterprise Management. Students interested in attending graduate school following their B.S. degree pursue the HPLS Science option where they emphasize coursework in botany, plant physiology, and horticultural science as well as an undergraduate research experience.
Undergraduate Student Handbook
- B.S. in Agricultural Biotechnology
Agricultural Biotechnology is a College-wide, interdepartmental program that encompasses cellular and molecular approaches to the manipulation and improvement of agricultural plants, animals and microorganisms, and the control of agricultural pests and diseases. Agricultural Biotechnology students complete a firm foundation in the principles of genetics and molecular biology of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Each student specializes in an area appropriate to their career objectives, including: microbial, fungal, plant, insect and mammalian biotechnology.
- B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture
The Sustainable Agriculture degree is a College-wide, interdepartmental program for students interested in a sustainable approach to agricultural production systems. supported by Through UK's SAG Undergraduate Degree Program, students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture within the Individualized Programs track. Students in other majors can obtain a Minor in Sustainable Agriculture. UK's SAG program is hands-on, featuring field-based coursework and an apprenticeship at the University of Kentucky Organic Farming Research and Education Unit, the home to our 150-member UK Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
- Integrated Plant and Soil Science graduate program
The interdepartmental graduate program in Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with specialization in Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Forest Science, Plant Biology, and Soil Science. Faculty belong to the Departments of Forestry, Horticulture, and Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture.
- Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Mentoring Resources
Scholarships and Clubs
Students in the HPLS undergraduate program have been very successful in competing for scholarships offered by the College of Agriculture, the Department of Horticulture and national horticultural scholarship programs. A list of available scholarships, their qualifications and application dates are provided at the HPLS scholarship page.
- Horticulture Club
The HortClub is a student-led organization that provides extracurricular opportunities for students in the HPLS major as well as allied majors like Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Agriculture. Joining the HortClub provides students with access to student leadership roles in the club as well as a great opportunity for out-of-class educational experiences. The club hosts industry and faculty speakers, participates in intercollegiate competitions (like the PLANET student field days), out-of-state tours, picnics and other social outings. In the past, clubs have planned study tours to great domestic and international locations (like the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, China, New Zealand, and Europe).