Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

The horticultural sector is experiencing a remarkable growth in the UAE and other Gulf countries. New modern production sites emerged in many places, and formerly empty urban areas were transformed into vivid green landscapes. Experts able to develop resource-saving plant production concepts, and to properly evaluate prospects and risks pertaining to biotechnological and chemical innovations in the horticultural sector are highly demanded. The Bachelor in Horticulture offers a diverse curriculum that combines theoretical knowledge with intensive practical training in cutting edge research laboratories, on experimental farms, and through off-campus internship experiences. The program encourages students to develop their talents and special interests, and supports them on their way to become creative experts in various fields of horticultural sciences, such as organic farming, plant protection, greenhouse and nursery management, landscaping, applied biotechnology, and several more.

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with fundamental scientific information on production and protection of horticultural plants in the arid environment.
  • Develop student’s skills to successfully grow a diversity of horticultural plants in a resource-efficient manner in arid environments.
  • Enhance student’s ability to sustain natural resources of the country and the region, and improve the quality of the environment.
  • Provide students with new knowledge on agricultural technologies related to the UAE and the Arab world.
  • Develop student’s awareness of using modern scientific methods in agriculture and horticulture and technology transfer for field applications.
  • Demonstrate student’s professional skills and ethics, to foster positive attitudes.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic characteristics of horticultural plants and cultural practices in the arid environments.
  • Produce efficiently, safe horticultural crops with an understanding of the natural resources and the environment.
  • Use horticultural plants and plant products for functional and aesthetic purposes in the arid environment.
  • Discuss the principles and theories of integrating basic and applied aspects of modern technologies in the production and protection of horticultural plants.
  • Employ technical skills for managing horticultural projects and natural resources.
  • Select horticultural plants to enhance tolerance to stresses in arid environment.
  • Implement technologies for improving horticultural plant productivity, quality, and protection methods.
  • Improve germplasm to develop modern breeding technologies.
  • Apply sustainable horticultural principles and safe environmental practices.
  • Minimize the negative impact of cultural practices on the environment.
  • Develop skills to maintain and protect native and exotic plant species for the purposes of beautifying the environment and commercially producing horticultural crops.
  • Explain the main characteristics of the UAE society in relation to farming and adoption of technologies as a part of the Arab World.
  • Discuss the similarity and integration of the Arab world in terms of the environment and natural resources.
  • Conduct research using statistical methods and data analysis to establish significance of technology applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge learned in coursework and during the internship experience.
  • Design, execute, and evaluate technology transfer programs.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for leadership roles, and teamwork.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and creativity skills in learning process and applications.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU106Introduction to Academic English For Food & Agriculture3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH105Calculus I  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
PHYS105General Physics I  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG485Senior Project  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major



Required Courses (48.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG200Principles of Soil and Water3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
ARAG242Principles of Plant Protection3.000
ARAG307Introduction to Horticulture2.000
ARAG308Soil Fertility and Fertilizer3.000
ARAG310Agricultural Technology Transfer3.000
ARAG311Plant Propagation2.000
ARAG327Plant Physiology and Environmental Stress 3.000
ARAG443Irrigation, Drainage and Water Management3.000
ARAG465Salt and Drought Tolerant Plants2.000
BIOL215Plant Biology3.000
BIOL225Practical Plant Biology1.000
BIOL270General Genetics2.000
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
CHEM282Organic Chemistry for Non-Majors3.000
CHEM283Biochemistry for Non-Majors3.000
STAT235Statistics for Biology3.000

Supporting Elective Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG323Post-Harvest Physiology of Plant and Animal Systems 3.000
ARAG401Sustainable Agriculture in Arid Lands3.000
ARAG414Plant Breeding and Horticultural Biotechnology3.000
ARAG437Disease and Insect Pests3.000
AGRB352Agribusiness Management & Entrepreneurship3.000
BIOC230General Microbiology3.000


Environment Horticulture Track

Required Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG402Woody Plants in the Landscape3.000
ARAG451Landscape Management for Arid Lands3.000
ARAG453Indoor Plants and Flower Arrangements3.000
ARAG454Landscape Design3.000

Elective Courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG313Urban Tree Management3.000
ARAG321Floriculture Crop Production3.000
ARAG408Survey of Plant Communities in Arid Lands 3.000
ARAG455Nursery and Greenhouse Operations3.000
ARAG456Turfgrass Management3.000


Crop Production and Organic Farming Track

Required Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG305Principles of Organic Horticulture3.000
ARAG404Vegetable Production in Arid Lands3.000
ARAG407Design of Organic Production System3.000
ARAG452Palms and Dates3.000

Elective Courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG320World Herbs and Vegetables3.000
ARAG376Soil Processes in Organic Farming3.000
ARAG410Fruit Production in Arid Lands3.000
ARAG412Specialty Crops3.000
ARAG442Protected Agriculture3.000
ARAG456Turfgrass Management3.000

Free Electives (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours