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Horticulture Minor with a Focus in the Botanical Arts

Horticulture is the art and science of cultivating plants.  The Minor Program of Study in Horticulture with a special focus in the botanical arts aims to increase students’ knowledge and skills in the intersection between horticulture and art for the purpose of improving the quality of life for individuals and communities, and for strengthening the student’s command of the creative process. A Minor in Horticulture with this special focus can complement numerous areas of study.  It can provide a creative balance to other study, as well as prepare the student from a distinctive interdisciplinary perspective.  Creative insight is the cornerstone of advancement in science and as such, students with this minor study will be uniquely prepared for inspired and original thinking.

How to Apply

  1. Submit a copy of the application form and contact minor advisor Marcia Eames-Sheavly to discuss your interests in botanical arts and decide which courses you will take to satisfy the minor. 
  2. Complete the courses required for the botanical arts minor. 
  3. In your second-to-last semester, prior to pre-enrollment, meet with the minor advisor to determine if you have completed all requirements or if you need to take one or more classes your last semester. 
  4. After this meeting, email the Minor Coordinator, Leah Cook, with a copy to the minor advisor, listing any courses you need to complete in your final semester.

A final grade audit will be completed a few weeks after graduation, and the minor will be added to your academic record at that time. 


Horticulture Sciences Core

To satisfy the requirements for the Minor in Horticulture with a special focus in plant-based art, the minor candidate must successfully complete these two required courses for the Horticulture Minor from the Horticulture Sciences core (7 credits) below.

  • PLSCI 1101: Plant Science and Systems
  • PLHRT 1115: Nature of Plants or PLHRT 1450: The Art of Plant Anatomy

In addition, students must complete the requirements of 8 additional credits in the following:

  • PLHRT 2010: The Art of Horticulture, fall 2 cr
  • PLHRT 3250: Intensive Study in Botanical Illustration, taught via 3 robust auto-tutorial courses with occasional meetings, in one concentrated semester, (spring semesters in even years, 4 credits).  This intensive study is only available for horticulture minors with a focus in plant-based art.
  • PLSCI 4970: Individual Study (1 to 2 credits, fall, spring).  A creative capstone project which integrates the student’s learnings, and offers the chance to produce original work.  This could include, but is not limited to, further expansion on the portfolio created during the intensive study in botanical illustration; preparation for a gallery exhibition; exhibition of living sculpture; deep exploration of another facet of art and horticulture not examined thus far.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and a grade of "C" or better must be received to count toward the minor. Any undergraduate student, except those majoring in Plant Sciences, may enroll in the minor.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are encouraged to apply for a minor in horticulture with this special emphasis during their first semester on campus. An initial meeting with the horticultural arts minor advisor will help determine if a student is able to take the necessary credits or has equivalencies that can be applied to satisfy the program requirements.

Contact Us

Marcia Eames-Sheavly
48B Plant Science Bldg.

Leah Cook
135C Plant Science Bldg.