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Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in learning about the ways that plants improve our everyday lives? Plants play many roles in human environments, from beautifying indoor and outdoor areas to controlling erosion, reducing energy and water consumption, and revegetating and restoring destroyed landscapes. Students in the environmental horticulture and urban forestry major learn the interrelationships among complex managed landscape ecosystems, including plants, people, animals, soil, water, air and microorganisms.

Major Requirements

As an environmental horticulture and urban forestry major, you have many field study options. You can specialize in urban landscape management, floriculture/nursery, or plant biodiversity and restoration. Depending on your specialization, you'll receive training in landscape design and managing urban outdoor spaces, greenhouse cultivation or replanting damaged landscapes. In addition to excellent teaching facilities, UC Davis boasts an arboretum, computer-controlled greenhouses, an outdoor nursery and access to nearby restoration projects.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Botanical Garden Manager
  • Certified Arborist
  • Urban Forester
  • Greenhouse/Nursery Manager
  • Irrigation Engineer
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Native Plant Propagator
  • Restoration Practitioner
  • Revegetation Consultant
  • Seed Producer

Graduate Study

  • Horticulture and agronomy
  • Plant sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Business
  • Urban planning

Alumni Employers

  • City of Davis
  • State Forestry Service
  • National Forestry Service
  • Sacramento Tree Foundation
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