Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Seed the future.

Gain the science, design, building, and business skills to transform landscapes, create and maintain recreational spaces, and sustainably provide the food and fiber needed for the future. Students join faculty conducting groundbreaking research in areas ranging from plant genetics and soil health to sustainable landscape design.


Landscape Contracting Major
The Landscape Contracting program combines hands-on plant science, practical engineering and design, and business skills. Students choose from the Design/Build option and Landscape Management option on their path to step immediately into rewarding careers, including starting successful landscape companies of their own.
Plant Sciences Major
Plant Sciences students tackle the hands-on science of growth, physiology, development, genetics, and disease and pest-proofing plants for food, fiber, beauty, and sustainability. Students choose from five options that match their academic and professional interests: Agroecology, Crop Production, Horticulture, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, and Plant Science.
Turfgrass Science Major
The Penn State Turfgrass Science major is the nation’s standard-setting turf program. Our alumni can be found in leadership roles in stadiums, top-tier golf courses, and in turf and landscape companies around the world. The program blends business, science, and people skills to arm students with the competencies they need to jump immediately into the industry. Students complete at least one mandatory summer internship—many of which lead to future employment opportunities.

Additional Programs

Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program
Better known as the "2-Year Program," this Professional Certificate Program is designed to provide students with in-class and hands-on learning opportunities.
Online Turf Degrees and Certificates
Penn State online turfgrass degrees and certificates allow students to balance work and family responsibilities while pursuing the education to advance their careers.


Agronomy Minor
A science-based study of the principles and practices of field crop production and the conservation of soils and land resources
Arboriculture Minor
The science-based study of how trees grow and respond to their environments, as well as techniques used to cultivate and manage them
Horticulture Minor
Providing students with both an overview and an in-depth, science-based understanding of the principles and practices of growing specialty plants