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Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Horticulture Science) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    AGRICULTURE

  • DURATION

    3 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Horticulture

  • COURSE TYPE

    Graduation

Updated On - November 10th 2017

Bachelor of Science Horticulture Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

B.Sc. in Horticulture is a 3 years full time under graduate course which is divided into 6 semesters. Horticulture is the branch of Agricultural Science that deals with the cultivation of vegetables, plants, flowers, herbs, fruits, shrubs, bushes, gardens, and landscaping for gardens, ornamental trees, maintaining nurseries, green houses, orchards and plantations and also floriculture or cultivation of flowers. 

The branch of study now has direct and indirect applications in food technology industries as production, cultivation, harvesting and storing of vegetables have all become highly mechanized. These plants are grown under strictly controlled conditions using sophisticated sensors, and biological control of pests and diseases. It is of the utmost importance for all commercial as well as resource-limited farmers to plant deciduous fruit crops, some fruit crops and rootstocks that are adapted to their specific climatic and soil conditions.

The average annual course fee ranges anywhere between INR 5,000 to 2 lakhs depending upon the institute offering the course. The average salary offered for this course in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 to 10 lakhs depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.

B.Sc. Horticulture: Course Highlights

Shown below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelUnder Graduate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility10+2
Admission ProcessCounselling after taking Entrance Examination
Course FeeINR 5,000 to 2 lakhs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 10 lakhs

B.Sc. Horticulture Top Institutes

Some of the institutes or colleges offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.

COLLEGE NAMECITYAVERAGE ANNUAL FEE IN INR
Lovely professional universityChandigarhINR 4,76,000
BFIT group of institutionsDehradunINR 2,12,000
Lovely professional universityJalandharINR 4,76,000
Uttaranchal college of biomedical sciences and hospitalDehradunINR 2,53,000
Sai institute of paramedical and allied sciencesDehradunINR 2,33,000
Dev bhoomi institute of management studiesDehradunINR 2,60,000
Dolphin PG institute of biomedical and natural sciencesDehradunINR 2,75,000
Doon business schoolDehradunINR 3,17,000
Annamalai universityChennaiINR 1,08,000
Hemwati nandan bahuguna garhwal universityUttarkhandINR 5,050
Banaras Hindu universityVaranasiINR 1,000
Andhra universityVisakhapatnamINR 48,000
Dibrugarh universityDibrugarhINR 52,360

Eligibility for B.Sc. Horticulture

Entry to this field starts from undergraduate level. After completion of 10+2 in Science stream (class 12th) with chemistry, physics, and maths/ biology/ agriculture as the subjects one can opt for Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture as a separate discipline or as a subject of BSc Agriculture Science.

B.Sc. in Horticulture: Admission Process

The candidates those desire to take admission in UG in Horticulture has to appear in HORTI CET  Entrance Test conducted by itself have to qualify this exam by securing at least minimum qualifying marks to get the admission. The candidates will get the admission through a counselling a process just after the result announced.

B.Sc. in Horticulture: What is it all about?

B.Sc. Horticulture program is all about cultivation of plants, starting from seed related study to scientific study of cultivation, plant diseases, genetics of plants etc. It is all about the application of scientific knowledge in plant cultivation and thus increase productivity and yield. From achieving the said goal of improved productivity, this study makes use of concepts of Biochemistry, Biology, and Genetic Engineering etc.

The markets for deciduous fruit, from both locally and overseas, are becoming increasingly competitive, because of the marginal climatic conditions for the production of high quality deciduous fruit. Many local fruit producers are in search of alternative crops to reduce their risk. These crops include persimmons, olives, berry fruit, dates, figs, cactus pears and various nut crops. Many of these crops are more adaptable to marginal areas and require less water. 

Some are suited to developing agriculture, if they do not require the same level of inputs as the main deciduous fruit crops and some require much labour, they presenting job creation opportunities for less skilled people.

B.Sc. in Horticulture: Syllabus and Course Description

A Semester - wise syllabus of the course is tabulated below.

SEMESTER ISEMESTER II
Introduction to soil scienceFundamentals of statistics
Crop physiologyElements of computer application
Fundamentals of horticulturePlant parasitic nematode
Plant propagationTropical and subtropical fruits
Fundamentals of extension educationFundamentals of food technology
Growth development of horticulture cropsPrinciples of genetics
Tropical and subtropical vegetablesFundamentals of food technology
Communication skillsIntroductory microbiology
-Water management in horticulture crops
SEMESTER IIISEMESTER IV
Temperate fruitsSpices
Ornamental horticultureCommercial floriculture
BiochemistryPlantation crops
Fundamentals of entomologyOrchard management
Principles of plant breedingBreeding of fruits
Temperate vegetablesMushroom culture
Tuber cropsEnvironmental science
-Insect ecology
-Soil science I
SEMESTER VSEMESTER VI
Organic farmingRemote sensing
Introduction of major field cropsEntrepreneurship development
Introductory agroforestrySeed production
ApicultureMedicinal and aromatic plants
Post-harvest managementProcessing of horticulture crops
Principles of plant biotechnologyHorticulture business management
Breeding and seed production-

B.Sc. in Horticulture: Career Prospects

Horticulture is a field that holds ample scope. Whether they want to be full-time or part-time horticulturist, whether they have your own piece of land or not, they can take up this line and make a decent living out of it. Some advances in horticultural technology, increases product demands, and a growing export industry are making this an extremely lucrative career. Opportunities are being created in fields such as research and journalism, in both the sectors public and private, and they also work within and outside of our borders.

Job opportunities are available for Graduates in Government as well as Private sector. Government sector jobs, and Officer level posts are available for these Graduates in State wise Forestry Departments, State wise Agriculture Departments, as well as Boards like Spice or Coir or Rubber boards etc. Private Sector job opportunities are available in areas such as Private Plantations, Ornamental plants and flowers businesses, Agricultural Products marketing firms, Agricultural Machinery and Equipment manufacturing firms, Food Production and Technology Industry etc.

Some of the top professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Bachelor of Science (Horticulture) annual salary
JOB POSITIONJOB DESCRIPTIONAVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR
HorticulturistHorticulturists apply their knowledge, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving yields, diseases, plant growth, nutritional value, quality, and resistance to insects, and environmental stresses. They also work as gardeners, therapists, designers, growers, and technical advisors in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture.INR 2,50,000
Plantation managerA plant manager oversees the operations of a manufacturing facility and develops strategies to increase production at minimal costs. Some employees start out as production workers, they gain experience and work their way up to plant manager status.INR 7,40,000
Horticulture specialistHorticultural workers prepare seed beds, they transfer plants to containers, and move container plants around the work site, unload shipments of packaged soil and other gardening products. Specialists may also propagate new plants through grafting and other measures, and prune plants and trees.INR 6,00,000
Technical assistantTechnical assistants are found in every field, including education, science, healthcare, engineering, computer science, arts, and more. Some specific duties vary by industry, most technical assistants work in some type of administrative capacity to support other professionals in their field. Technical assistants manage data; they develop correspondence, prepare reports, or spread sheets, and file paperwork. INR 2,23,000