Horticulture is all about plants, the food we eat, and the landscapes where we live. It is the business of using what we grow, while caring for the health of our soil, air, and water.
Global initiatives to combat climate change, air and water pollution, and food insecurity have created an increased need for professionals educated in plant science and sustainable growing practices.
Students in the Appell Environmental Horticulture Program at York College don’t just learn how to maximize crop yields; they learn how to contribute to meaningful change. In this major, you’ll develop knowledge in areas like ecology, plant nutrition, and pest management, but you’ll also learn the business management and communications skills necessary to apply that knowledge in a real-world work environment.
You will study two main areas of plant science:
- Food Plants and Global Use
- Ornamental Plants and Landscaping
In both areas, an emphasis is placed on sustainability and environmentally responsible practices. As an Environmental Horticulture major, you’ll also have hands-on learning opportunities through the City of York’s food security initiatives and Millbourne, a 50-acre estate that serves as a horticultural learning lab.