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Agricultural Science - Area 4: Horticulture BS

Creating Beauty

It takes science to create a hybrid, but it takes artistry to fully develop its beautiful color. Whether in the beauty of a tulip or the taste of a new kind of apple, few sciences satisfy the senses the way horticultural science does. As you work toward your Agricultural Science with an emphasis in Horticulture degree, you will learn how to breed and grow garden and ornamental plants and plant species with the right amount of moisture, nutrients, and light. Horticulture affects everyone. As a result, the skills you’ll learn here will help you to positively impact the world around you.

Hands-on Learning

Students in the University of Central Missouri's horticulture program have access to our two greenhouses and a lath house. The newest greenhouse is a 5,000 square foot facility possessing state-of-the-art climate control and production capabilities. This facility is utilized in various horticulture courses, which allows students the opportunity to gain skills in the care, grooming, propagation, and trial marketing of plants.

Meet Dr. Mark Goodwin

Dr. Goodwin joined the faculty in 2007. Previously he was an adjunct professor teaching the Woody Ornamental Plants and Plant Propagation courses in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. 

He earned his Ph.D. at Purdue conducting research into how cuticular waxes confer drought tolerance in plants, increase the shelf-life in tomato and pepper fruits, and increase resistance to slug herbivory in hosta. Prior to that, he learned public horticulture first hand by working in the horticulture department at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky. Dr. Goodwin is also the manager of the UCM Greenhouse and Nursery Complex.

Dr. Goodwin's interests revolve around ornamental horticulture. His research program involves the study of hosta cultivars which are known to be resistant to slug damage. Of the more than 5,000 hosta cultivars developed, only a small percentage are known to be resistant to slugs, a garden pest which can completely defoliate hosta if left unchecked.

Mark Goodwin
Associate Professor
Tel: (660)543-8113
Fax: (660)543-4355


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