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The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, is located in Apopka just outside of Orlando and serves the students of mid-Florida.
If you’re looking to study in an applied science, rather than a general biology or chemistry degree, we have the right program for you. MREC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in horticultural sciences. This is an exciting field for anyone looking to work in the office and outdoors. We differ from other science degrees, like those offered at the nearby University of Central Florida (UCF), in that our program focuses on a specific science discipline rather than a broad, general area. This allows our students to develop specific skills necessary for success in their careers. This is accomplished in part by utilizing hands-on teaching within our coursework so that our graduates can be highly competitive in the job market. Our program offers small classroom sizes with outstanding faculty/student ratios that allow for the development of one-on-one relationships with research and teaching faculty. In addition, our classes are generally offered during non-work hours to accommodate our students’ busy schedules. A mixture of live and distance education instruction is used to provide diverse class options to students.
Faculty at MREC specialize in vegetable, fruit, and environmental horticulture. Our facilities include over 40,000 square feet of space devoted to research of plant growth and production. The center also has seven walk-in coolers for simulated shipping studies and over 3,000 square feet of controlled-environment rooms to conduct experiments on foliage plants under indoor conditions.
Interested in finding our more information about our degree program and getting started on an exciting career in environmental horticulture today? If so, please contact our program coordinator Diane Mealo.