Horticulture Science

What is Horticulture science?

Horticulture science is a branch of agriculture consisting of the art, science, technology and business of growing plants.

Success Factors

If you enjoy learning and understanding more about fruits, vegetables, organic crop production, sustainable agriculture, ecology and plant molecular biology, horticulture science is for you!

Career Possibilities

  • Arborist
  • Club manager
  • Community garden coordinator
  • Floral designer
  • Fruit and vegetable production manager
  • Greenhouse manager
  • Garden center manager
  • Nursery manager
  • Horticulturist
  • Landscape designer
  • Plant breeder
  • Research technician
  • Sales and marketing manager
  • Specialty crop production manager

Majoring in horticulture science

Opportunities to serve as a tutor and department assistant, privileges reserved for upperclassmen at most schools.

Horticulture science curriculum

The horticulture science curriculum will provide you with the strong educational foundation you will need for upper-level horticulture science courses. Academic advisors work one-on-one with students to ensure requirements are met for a seamless transition to continuing education and professional careers.

“While Hesston does not offer any specific agriculture classes, I was able to get the prerequisites I needed to transfer to another college and finish my degree.”
          - Joshua Landis, class of 2014, student at Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.)

The Hesston College advantage

At Hesston College, the education, curriculum, academic divisions and student development programs offer opportunities for students to develop as persons with intellectual and practical skills, who understand human cultures and the natural world, while forming them into persons of individualized and social responsibility, who understand faith through an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective and persons able to integrate and apply learning.

Admission Requirements

Hesston College admits those students who will benefit from the educational environment of the college and who will contribute to the shared life and cultural vibrancy of the campus community. Applicants seeking a degree from Hesston College must be graduates of an accredited high school or its equivalent to be eligible to attend. Specific requirements include:

  • High school transcript indicating an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or above, and college transcript(s) (if applicable) indicating a GPA of 1.75 or above. Students with lower GPAs may be admitted on Academic Contractual Acceptance.
  • Transcript analysis shows successful completion of appropriate high school curriculum or GED certificate.
    • Standardized achievement test in the form of ACT or SAT is completed and results are reported to the college. ACT Reading score is 15 or above/ACT Composite score is 15 or above
    • SAT Reading Score is 410 or above and SAT Cumulative Score is 1100 or above on the three-part test.


Hesston College offers a number of merit-based scholarships. Students receive notification of their eligibility during their senior year in high school. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to renew their Hesston College grants or scholarships. Academic scholarships range from $7,000 to $12,000 and are offered to those applicants with a 3.0 GPA and above AND a 20 ACT/1390 SAT and above.

Financial aid

Students who wish to receive the best financial aid package possible should complete the application process as soon as possible. The financial aid priority deadline is April 1. All forms must be completed by this date for the student to be assured of receiving financial aid.

Financial Aid process:

  • Complete the application for admission to Hesston College.
  • Submit a copy of high school transcript and test scores (ACT or SAT).
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. To be sure to receive the greatest consideration in financial assistance, students should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. Hesston College’s FAFSA code is 001920.
  • Hesston College Financial Aid and Scholarship Priority Deadline is April 1.


Hesston College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is authorized to grant degrees by the State of Kansas.

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