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What will I learn?

This agriculture specialization emphasizes production of tropical and subtropical crops, nursery management, floriculture, orchid culture, tropical landscaping, vegetable crop production, and tropical fruit production. You will also learn techniques such as grafting, pruning, and pest management.

The Tropical Horticulture specialization is designed to provide students with a well rounded background in horticultural science with special emphasis on the production of tropical and subtropical crops. This specialization offers a wide selection of courses, each providing the student with both the theoretical and hands-on approach to learning. Students learn basic horticultural practices such as grafting, pruning, pest management and cultivating crops that are of economic interest in the tropics, as well as advanced techniques such as plant tissue culture and hormonal manipulation of plants.

Why Study Tropical Horticulture?

Graduates in Tropical Horticulture are highly skilled in managing, producing and marketing horticultural crops, such as indoor foliage plants, hydroponic vegetables, and exotic tropical fruits; therefore, many graduates start their own enterprises.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Thorough familiarity with the principles of horticulture and sustainable production of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops in the tropics.
  • Identify and analyze the factors that affect crop production including the emerging body of knowledge in plant growth and development and the contribution of climatic, environmental, and factors.
  • Advanced skills in the actual growing and marketing of crops that illustrate economic viability and sustainability of agricultural practices.
  • Interact effectively with all stakeholders of agricultural development in the community and participate in outreach programs that demonstrate cultural sensitivity and integration of new agricultural technologies with indigenous knowledge.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Study options

Full Time (123 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,304.00 per year
USD $10,152 per semester
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

University of Hawaii at Hilo,

200 W Kawili Street,



96720, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have above-average (75%) performance in high school and/or qualifying exams. English Language Requirements: Students with a test score of TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 5.5 or Eiken 2A may be admitted directly into a degree program at UH Hilo providing the academic requirements have been met.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students have to complete High school qualification equivalent to U.S.

English Language Requirements:

Students with a test score of TOEFL iBT 61, TOEFL Paper-delivered 46 (total score), IELTS 5.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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