OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A “C-” or better is required for all PSE courses.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences (PSE) coursework must be completed with a 2.0 cumulative average.
Contact Information: Stephanie Burnett, Associate Professor; Coordinator, Environmental Horticulture Program, 205 Deering Hall, (207) 581-2937.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture offers three concentrations; horticultural business, landscape design, and sustainable horticulture. These curricula offer students the opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in landscape design, landscape management, sustainable plant producation and maintenance, greenhouse management, plant and soil sciences, business management, and other related areas. The program provides excellent training for a wide-range of professional opportunities in the green industry and provides a strong background for students interested in pursuing graduate education in areas such as business administration and landscape architecture. The horticultural business concentration, with a few additional courses, does offer students the opportunity to work towards a possible 5th year Master’s in Business Administration.
The Environmental Horticulture curriculum offers a challenging academic experience for the serious student; requiring both synthesis and application of learned concepts. Extensive use is made of laboratory and studio activities to illustrate hands-on applications of theoretical principles. Outside the classroom, there are additional opportunities for the student to gain valuable knowledge and experience.
The strong working relationship with state, national and international horticulture industry members with ties to the Environmental Horticulture Program, has been an important factor contributing to nearly a 100% employment record for our graduates. This Maine program has been ranked one of the best in the Northeast. Our web site is: www.umaine.edu/lhc.
Courses are arranged in the recommended sequence. Each semester serves as a prerequisite for the following semester. PSE courses with a grade below a “C-” will not count towards graduation credits.