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Minor in Horticultural Therapy

The Horticultural Therapy Minor provides students in SEBS and SAS with a basic understanding of the potential for using horticulture as a form of therapy to assist individuals with disabilities. The minor is for matriculating students who are exploring the Horticultural Therapy career option.

Academic Advisor: Dr. Nrupali Patel (


01:830:101 General Psychology* (3 cr)

Required Courses (12 cr)

11:776:225 Horticultural Therapy: Concept and Skills* (3 cr)
11:776:325 Horticultural Therapy Techniques and Programming* (3 cr)
11:776:201 People-Plant Relationships* (3 cr)
01:830:340 Abnormal Psychology* (3cr)

Electives (6 cr)

Horticulture electives (choose one from the list below):

11:776:211 Introduction to Horticulture* (3 cr)
11:776:310 Plant Propagation* (3 cr)
11:776:391 Diseases and Insects of Plants or Ag Entomology and Pest Management* (3 cr)
11:776:439 Nursery Crop Production (3 cr)
11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3 cr)

Human Science electives (choose one from the list below):

01:830:346 Atypical Development of Childhood and Adolescence (3cr)
01:830:310 Neuropsychology (3cr)
01:830:377 Health Psychology (3cr)
01:830:271 Principles of Developmental Psychology (human lifespan development) * (3 cr)
01:830:335 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr)
01:830:333 Adolescent Development (3cr)

* Required courses in the Rutgers SEBS Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program (34–36 credits). Certificate program is accredited by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA).

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The Rutgers AHTA accredited horticultural therapy certificate program courses are held in the floriculture greenhouses on the Cook Campus where students can experience first-hand the restorative value a profusion of plants and people-plant interactions can provide. Here students learn the unique qualities of plants that are conducive to therapy, and how to apply this knowledge in professional practice.