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Citrus and Horticultural Science: Biotechnology

The Science and Technology of Agriculture

Horticultural Science with a concentration in Biotechnology focuses on crop improvement through the application of technology, including plant tissue culture, DNA analysis, genetics, and microbiological techniques.

Top Reasons

Strong Horticultural Science Industry Opportunities

U.S. agricultural exports were valued at $140 billion in 2018 (USDA). The Citrus and Horticultural industries in Florida generate billions of dollars a year alone.

​​​​​​​Greenhouse Facilities

Students utilize 8,500 square feet of greenhouse facilities to study and grow over 500 varieties of plants year round.

Award-Winning Gardens

Florida Southern boasts over 350 plants from 250 varieties. The campus is considered one of the largest, most diverse collections of roses in the southeast.

Prime Location

Located in central Florida, our close proximity to the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred allows us to bring in expert guest speakers from the industry.

Meet Our Mocs

Katie Stakes
Malcolm Manners, Ph.D.

Featured Faculty

Malcolm Manners

I like to work closely with my students, from a scientific research point of view. Define a problem, design a method of coming up with the answer to the problem, and then actually do the research to find the answers. I think it is important to instill the sense of curiosity and joy and wonder about what we do.

Clubs And More

Alpha Gamma Rho, the national agricultural social/professional fraternity is active on campus.

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Admission Requirements


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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Program Contact

Malcolm Manners Malcolm Manners, Ph.D.

Professor of Citrus Science

Program Coordinator

John and Ruth Tyndall Chair in Citrus Sciences

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