Floriculture programs are typically available at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Associate degree programs prepare students to enter a floriculture career in a shorter amount of time, while bachelor's degree programs may best suit students who want to pursue a graduate degree, including aspiring floriculture professors and researchers.
10 Schools with Floriculture Programs
These schools offer floriculture programs at varying levels, and many include hands-on experience.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2018-2019*|
|Farmingdale State College||Farmingdale, NY||4-year, Public||Associate's||$8,306 in-state, $18,068 out-of-state|
|Modesto Junior College||Modesto, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,166 in-state, $7,358 out-of-state|
|Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute||Wooster, OH||2-year, Public||Associate's||$7,707 in-state, $26,811 out-of-state|
|Metropolitan Community College||Omaha, NE||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,105 in-state, $4,545 out-of-state|
|Mississippi State University||Mississippi State, MS||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,650 in-state, $23,250 out-of-state|
|Texas A&M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,870 in-state, $37,495 out-of-state|
|Rochester Community and Technical College||Rochester, MN||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||$5,639|
|Alabama A&M University||Normal, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||N/A|
|Kishwaukee College||Malta, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,800 in-district, $9,060 in-state, $15,450 out-of-state|
|University of California-Davis||Davis, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$14,402 in-state, $43,394 out-of-state|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, School websites
School Selection Criteria
Further considerations when choosing a program in this field are:
- Floriculture programs are often offered as a concentration or option within a horticulture, urban horticulture, ornamental horticulture or closely related program.
- Look for a program with valuable hands-on experiences, such as plant science research facilities, arboretums, themed gardens, nurseries and greenhouses.
- Floriculture programs with small class sizes help students get access to program facilities, equipment and one-on-one instruction.
- Instructors who have worked in the floriculture industry can help students gain perspective and provide networking opportunities.
Associate Degree Programs
Many associate degree programs with a concentration in floriculture require general agriculture and horticulture courses, such as agribusiness, irrigation, soil science, plant propagation and insect control. Some programs include an internship.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor's degree programs in floriculture are typically offered as ornamental horticulture programs; ornamental horticulture is a broader term that also includes landscape management. Bachelor's degree programs might offer students a chance to conduct independent studies in floriculture.
Students interested in floriculture programs should look for programs that offer hands-on experience. It is also beneficial for programs to have small class sizes and instructors who are experienced in the floriculture industry.