FSC has the nation's only bachelor's degree program in citrus taught by industry leaders.
Our citrus program—the only one of its kind in the country—provides the perfect combination of hands-on experiences (both on campus and off) and broad-based education, as well as the industry connections, you need to excel in it.
As a citrus major, all of your courses include engaged learning such as labs, field trips, and guest speakers, etc. You’ll also gain experience in planting, irrigating, weed management, pruning, fertilizers, pest identification and management, and other aspects of tree management working with our on-campus collection of many varieties of citrus trees.
Our students intern with large citrus production companies, grove service companies, agricultural cooperatives, juice processing plants, agrichemical and fertilizer companies, or at citrus research facilities. We’ll shape the intern to match your area of interest.
Recent internship sites include:
Alpha Gamma Rho, the national agricultural social/professional fraternity, and Sigma Alpha, the national agricultural professional sorority, are both active on campus.
With the largest number of endowed scholarships of any department on campus, we give more than $80,000 per year in awards to our majors.
Most of our majors become citrus grove managers, citrus consultants, and researchers in the citrus industry. A significant number also pursue graduate degrees from such institutions as the University of Florida and the University of California, Berkeley. You’ll find FSC graduates at:
Scholarships are available.
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Dr. Malcolm M. Manners
John and Ruth Tyndall Professor of Citrus Science and Department Chair
Biology Environmental Studies Landscape Horticulture Recreation/Turf-grass Management
One of the following courses:
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To earn a minor in horticultural science, you will need successfully complete HRT 2100 along with sixteen additional hours selected from CIT, HRT, and LND.
Landscape Horticulture Major Requirements
Recreational Turfgrass Management Major Requirements
CIT 3301 INTRODUCTION TO CITRUS
Four hours. Pre- or corequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This is the introductory course in citrus production. It discusses the botany of citrus, its varieties, and rootstocks, soils suitable for citrus and development of a young citrus grove, as well as Florida hydrology and meteorology and their effects on water availability for citrus production.
CIT 3302 CITRUS GROVE MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisite: CIT 3301 or permission of the instructor. This course is the logical continuation of CIT 3301. It includes discussion of commercial citrus production methods, such as frost protection, nutrient requirements, citrus pests, irrigation, cultivation and weed management, and rehabilitation of bearing citrus groves of all major varieties.
CIT 3313 CITRUS POSTHARVEST PRACTICES
Four hours. Prerequisite: CIT 3301 or permission of the instructor. This course is an examination of the operations and technology involved in citrus processing (juice) plants and citrus by-products. It also includes the physiology of citrus fruits, packinghouse operations for fresh fruit varieties, postharvest diseases and disorders, and legal maturity tests and standards.
CIT 4999 CITRUS PRODUCTION AND BUSINESS PRACTICES
Four hours. Prerequisites: CIT 3302 and 4303 and HRT 3302, or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This is the capstone course for the Citrus major. The objective will be to develop a full production plan for a commercial citrus operation in Florida, using knowledge from all of the other courses offered in the departmental curriculum. Gen Ed: EC-C
HRT 1000 PLANTS AND SOCIETY
Four hours. Does not count toward the major or minor. This course examines plant biology and function as they apply to human use. It considers the role of modern agriculture in nutrition and health. Specific crops are discussed as they relate historically and for the future to hunger, poverty, and economics. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), NW
HRT 2100 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE
Four hours. This is the introductory course to all of the horticulture-related majors. It considers the fundamental principles and practices underlying the propagation and growing of horticultural crops. This course fulfills the Natural World student learning outcome and will empower students to develop an understanding of the scientific investigation of the natural world. Gen Ed: NW
HRT 3301 SOIL SCIENCE
Four hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1011 or 1111. This course considers the soil as a natural body including its chemical and physical properties, tillage, water management, organic matter, ecology, and principles of soil conservation. Florida soils and horticultural crops are emphasized.
HRT 3302 PLANT NUTRITION
Four hours. Same as BIO 3302. Prerequisites: HRT 3301 and either BIO 2235 or HRT 2100. This course deals with the relationship of plants to soil in their acquisition of the mineral nutrients needed for life. Students will examine the chemical and physical properties of plant mineral nutrients, their reactions in the soil, and how the plant absorbs, transports, modifies, stores, and utilizes them. There will be an emphasis on Florida soils and crops.
HRT 3325 PRINCIPLES OF TURF MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This course considers turfgrasses for recreational and landscape use, including their growth characteristics and methods of propagation. Basic management requirements, including control of important pest, disease, and weed problems are discussed. Questions of water management and turf irrigation, including water quality and availability, will also be examined.
HRT 3326 TROPICAL AND TEMPERATE FRUITS
Four hours. Prerequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This course discusses fruit crops, other than citrus, that can be grown in Florida, from the standpoint of commercial production, as well as use in the home garden. The flowering and fruiting physiology, water and weed management, pest management and other aspects of their culture will be studied.
HRT 4320 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HORTICULTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This course will discuss specialized topics of one or more related aspects of horticulture. The course may be taken more than once.
HRT 4960 INTERNSHIP
Three hours. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status or departmental permission. This course applies horticultural theory and business in an operational setting, with supervision by cooperating practitioner and faculty. A one-semester-hour portion during the semester teaches career development skills. A two-semester-hour field experience is then completed, usually the following summer.
HRT 4961 INTERNSHIP
Three hours. Prerequisites: HRT 4960. This course applies horticultural theory and business in an operational setting, with supervision by cooperating practitioner and instructor.
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