Horticulture is one of seven majors that are found within Natural Resources and Biosystems Management. Horticulture is one of the most successful areas of study at Delaware Valley College, having a national and international reputation. A degree in Horticulture will lead to an exciting and challenging career that is dynamic and rewarding. Some graduates serve in government positions, at agricultural experiment stations and in private industry, while others pursue graduate education.
The Horticulture program includes a broad spectrum of courses in plant science-organics, hydroponics, sustainable horticulture, biotechnology, botany, plant propagation, plant physiology and plant health management. The curriculum also provides an opportunity to specialize in Commercial Crop Production and Marketing.
Learning takes place in the classroom and in the outdoor living laboratory. These settings provide experiential "hands-on" learning in planting crops and carrying them through to harvest and marketing. In support of those educational activities, the Horticulture area has a plant cell and tissue culture laboratory, hydroponic greenhouse, high tunnel, production greenhouse, trial gardens, environmental monitoring equipment, a 2-acre certified organic plot and 35 acres for the production of fruits and vegetables.
The production of healthy and nutritious food is a necessity of life. Horticulture has a global impact in serving and sustaining humanity while protecting the environment.
The total number of credits required for graduation with a major in Horticulture is 128, which includes 4 credits for completion of the Experiential Learning Program.
The Experiential Learning Program (ExLP) at Delaware Valley College is a graduation requirement for all full-time undergraduate students. Students can choose from multiple experiential learning activities and will earn 4 credits for the ExLP depending on their major's program requirements.
- Full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of two experiential learning activities with at least one for academic credit.
- Students must have completed 27 credits to enroll in Experiential Learning Activities.
- All students must complete an introductory course prior to enrolling in any Experiential Learning Activities.
Students must consult with their Department Chair for specific major requirements to complete the Experiential Learning Program.