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Sustainable Horticulture

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is July 15th. Applying is easy and free!

Plant your career on a

green path to horticulture.


Dig into a world where your love for plants aligns seamlessly with sustainable practices and career-ready expertise. Tailored for eco-conscious individuals like you, our online program delves deep into the realms of sustainable horticulture—from mastering organic cultivation to honing eco-friendly pest management skills.

Enjoy the flexibility to nurture your horticultural dreams without uprooting your life. Through virtual labs and hands-on simulations, our program ensures you gain practical experiences, preparing you for real-world challenges. 

As you graduate from our program, you’re armed for a range of green careers in horticulture, landscaping, urban farming, and sustainable agriculture. 

Enroll now and actively shape a future where every sustainable practice learned contributes to a thriving job market and a planet-friendly horticulture industry.

Program Overview


The BS in Sustainable Horticulture will prepare you to use sustainable approaches with horticultural science to manage and improve plants and their products. You will learn to monitor and adjust growing conditions in various contexts, from fields to greenhouses to hydroponic systems, in order to maximize crop yields and address problems such as plant pests and diseases. Throughout the horticulture program, you will also learn and apply principles of accounting, marketing, labor law, and personnel management as you analyze and develop business plans and practices for sustainable horticultural products and services. Program graduates will be prepared for a wide variety of careers, including greenhouse management, hydroponic crop production, landscape design, horticulturist work, and urban farming. 

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Career Outlook

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16k

Agricultural Technicians jobs in the U.S., 2021.

$40k

Agricultural Technicians pay, 2021. 

+10%

Estimated U.S. job growth for Agricultural Technicians through 2031.


*Source: O*Net. Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.


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Sustainable Horticulture Degree Requirements and Coursework

The BS in Sustainable Horticulture degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. For more requirements, view our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Sustainable Horticulture?

    Sustainable Horticulture combines plant science with eco-friendly practices to cultivate plants in various settings, from fields to greenhouses to vertical hydroponic systems. You’ll master skills in integrated pest management, seed storage, disease management, and the safe use of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

    Additionally, you’ll learn to design efficient plant growing systems and develop small business skills, including financial planning, management, and product marketing. Graduates are prepared for careers in agronomy, farming, greenhouse management, hydroponics, and seed production. They can apply climate-smart agricultural practices to improve sustainability and address global issues such as climate change, energy use, and water availability.

  • What courses will I be taking?

    General Education Core: 40 credits
    Environmental Professional Core: 13 credits
    Elective Courses: 31 credits
    Program Core: 36 credits

    • BIOL 201: Organisms that Sustain the Earth: Understanding Plants
    • BIOL 315: Cell Biology
    • BIOL 320: Plant Breeding
    • BIOL 325: Plant Pathology
    • BIOL 330: Integrated Pest Management
    • ENVJ 307: Food Systems and Social Justice
    • ESCI 301: Soil Analysis
    • HORT 301: Growing Hydroponic and Aquaponic Crops
    • HORT 401: Climate-Smart Agriculture
    • MGMT 301: Starting Your Small Non-Profit
    • SUFA 201: Sustainable Farm Management
    • SUFA 301: Sustainable Agriculture for Small Farms

    For course requirements and a better look into your program, view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

  • How much does a sustainable online horticulture degree cost?

    Your online education should be affordable and manageable. Our team of distance education concierges will work with you through the admissions process to help you plan and pay for your degree. Learn more about tuition and other costs here.

  • How fast can I finish?

    Our comprehensive 120-credit program can be tailored to fit your schedule and goals! Completion time is flexible, determined by the number of credits you choose to take each term (8 terms/year) and less time with transfer credits. Without transfer credits, you can anticipate the following completion times:

    • 48 credits/year: Fast-track your education in only 2.6 years
    • 30 credits/year: Achieve your degree in 4 years
    • 24 credits/year: Complete in just 5 years

Program Features


High Value Education: Nationally recognized for the quality of our programs delivered at an affordable price.

Social Mobility: Unity ranks in the top 15% of colleges in the U.S. for fostering upward mobility.

Sustainability Core: All programs are committed to sustainable practices, preparing you for a future of environmental awareness in all fields.

Flexible Learning: Balance work and education effortlessly by choosing when and where you want to study.

Flexible Start Dates: 8 start dates per year allows you to control your schedule

Personalized Guidance: Benefit from individualized academic and professional advising, where we are dedicated to turning your career and academic aspirations into tangible achievements.

Transfer-Friendly: Shorten your academic timeline, since we accept up to 90 credits to value your prior academic achievements.


Experts in the Field

At Unity Environmental University, our Faculty is comprised of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own hands-on research and various fieldwork.

Dr. Amanda Rose Newton

Dr. Amanda Rose Newton

Subject Matter Expert

Enter the green realm with Amanda Rose Newton, where horticulture meets pest control expertise! With over a decade immersed in both fields, Amanda Rose blends agricultural wisdom into permaculture and urban gardening, revolutionizing yields and food security. As a seasoned beekeeper and advocate for beneficial insects, she’s on a mission to safeguard these vital environmental contributors.

Amanda Rose’s journey spans both academia and professional horticulture, a decade-long adventure shaping sustainable practices. Join her in the green revolution, where education transforms gardeners into stewards of sustainable, high-quality harvests for the future!

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