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Bacholor of Science in
Citrus and Horticultural Science: Biotechnology

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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 to choose Citrus and Horticultural Science: Biotechnology at florida southern college

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

My favorite thing about my major would be the individuality of the four year Citrus and Horticulture Science program. By being able to choose the concentrations within the industry, I am able to focus on the aspects I am most interested in. This allows me to really specify my studies!

Nucleic acids are essential to all forms of life

In BIO 3720 Techniques in Nucleic Acid Research, you'll learn techniques in DNA isolation and analysis, including purification, quantitation, PCR, RFLP, agarose gel electrophoresis and Southern blotting.

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Save Time with a 4+1 MBA

At the end of the junior year, all Florida Southern College students are eligible to be considered for early admission to the Florida Southern MBA program.

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Featured horticultural biotechnology Faculty

Dr. Malcolm M. Manners
- Citrus and Horticultural Science Department Chair

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.

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Clubs and More

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

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Program Details

Available in: 

  • BS
  • Minor


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

Citrus and Horticultural Science: Biotechnology Program Contact

Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors

Dr. Malcolm M. Manners

Chair of Citrus and Horticultural Science

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