The University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science's primary mission is to discover, interpret, and transfer new knowledge to improve the quality of life of Minnesotans and the world at large.
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Our renowned faculty direct research in a wide range of areas including: fruit crop breeding, plant genetics and biology, plant growth and development, turfgrass science, post-harvest physiology, horticultural marketing, agroecology, and more.
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Students can concentrate their coursework in horticultural science while completing an interdisciplinary major in Plant Science or Food Systems. Applied skills are gained through hands-on laboratories, field activities, and active lectures.
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Faculty with Extension appointments work with farmer cooperators, industry leaders, and consumer groups to complete integrated research projects that directly benefit the greater community.
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Alumni of the Department of Horticultural Science move on to a variety of exciting careers in research, education, greenhouse and garden management, farm management, and more.
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