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Bacholor of Science in
Citrus and Horticultural Science: Citrus

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The nation's only bachelor's degree program in Citrus and Horticultural Science.

Through small classes and hands-on experiences, your B.S. in Citrus and Horticultural Science will provide you with a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and crop production.

Horticultural Science with a concentration in Citrus — the only one of its kind in the country — is taught by industry leaders who deeply understand the science and business of citrus.

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.

Top Reasons to choose Citrus and Horticultural Science: Citrus at florida southern college

Unique Citrus Program

We have the nation’s only bachelor's degree program specifically in citrus and is known throughout Florida's citrus industry for the quality of our program.

Citrus Grove On Campus

The Florida Southern campus has a collection of citrus trees for use in hands-on engaged learning in classes.

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.

Plug Into a Supportive Community

When you join FSC's chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho, an agricultural social and professional fraternity, you'll get connected with thousands of members worldwide who can assist in your career development.

Conduct Original Research

Our support of engaged learning encourage you to explore everything from the genetics of heritage rose varieties, to testing new citrus rootstock varieties, to developing commercially viable methods for growing greenhouse crops.

Gain Real-World Experience

Gain on-the-job training in an aspect of citrus or horticultural science that interests you. Participate in a summer internship with a nursery, tree farm, citrus grove operation, agri-chemical company, a fertilizer company, or a research lab.

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!

Orange You Glad it's Citrus?

In CIT 4303 Citrus Pest and Disease Management, you'll examine the insects, mites, and nematodes affecting citrus, as well as fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases of the crop, as well as current methods of managing these problems in a commercial production environment.

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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 Citrus and Horticulture 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: Citrus Program Contact

Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors

Dr. Malcolm M. Manners

Chair of Citrus and Horticultural Science

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