By Laura Sumrall '15 | Vol. 2 Issue 1
Everywhere we look, we are affected by horticulture in some way. From the grass in the Academic Plaza that we sprawl out on to study for an upcoming exam to the addictive Texas pecans we snack on during class to the flower bouquet we send to a loved one back home, horticulture has a hand in it.
The Department of Horticultural Sciences is one of the original departments of Texas A&M University. The department offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Science where students pursue a science-based program focused on research, management and production, and a Bachelor of Arts, the only one of its kind in the country, where students pair their horticulture interests with electives in social sciences, business, education, art and design.
Each year, between $40,000–50,000 is distributed in scholarships within the department, and a strong internship program provides hands-on experience which helps determine students’ specific career paths. Students in the major are involved in organizations such as the American Society for Horticulture Sciences, Sustainable Agricultural Student Association, the Horticulture Club and even the American Society of Interior Designers.
“Pretty much all of our students, when they graduate, find a job pretty quickly, if not while they are still in school,” said Holly Smith ’12, program coordinator. “There is a lot out there for them.”
Learn more about majoring in horticulture by visiting hortsciences.tamu.edu.
The Howdy Farm is a sustainable, on-campus farm run by current students with the help of a farm management team.
Volunteers come from nearly 30 majors and play various rolls: horticulture majors study the plants, communication majors handle promotion, entomology majors manage insects, business majors give management advice, etc. The farm shares the fruits of their labor with the community by selling their goods on campus and at the local farmer’s market.
“Howdy Farm is not just a student organization,” said Howdy Farm president Jessica Newman ’17, a communication major. “We also run like a business—making a product and selling it. The farm is a spectacular thing that holds true to the sense of community A&M boasts.”