planting seeds


Plant the seeds for a sustainable career.

A Blossoming Field

Are you driven to improve food security and safety? To sustain the environment? To enhance economic vitality and improve the quality of life for individuals and communities?

If so, the robust Department of Horticultural Science invites you to experience the ground-breaking teaching, research and outreach here in the ever-changing field of horticulture. Our wide-ranging work influences society—from human health to nutrition to natural beauty—and is recognized around the world.

Hands-on learning in a tight-knit atmosphere with diverse faculty fosters students’ growth. Ample travel and research opportunities deepen students’ expertise. We encourage a local feel, but enact a global reach, helping our students establish roots for a stable and fruitful career.

Get to Know Us

Becky DeBosy

Our Mission

We provide innovative teaching, research, and outreach in the art and science of horticulture. These programs encompass the basic biology, ecology, production, and use of horticultural products including fruits, vegetables, flowers, and landscape plants. Our goal is to meet the ever-changing challenges of a highly competitive and technological world through constant evaluation and adjustment of our programs and positions.

We serve the people of the state, country, and world within the concept of the Land-Grant mission upon which North Carolina State University was founded. We work to build a community that is inclusive and welcoming to all people, including those with disabilities.