The Associate in Science Degree in Horticultural Science is designed for individuals who have a strong interest in occupations that relate to horticulture, nursery production, landscape design, landscape maintenance, the production of organic fruits and vegetables, and similar agricultural endeavors.
Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university need some foundational knowledge of plant biology, chemistry, horticulture fundamentals, soil science, and greenhouse management.
At the completion of the program, students will be able to:
■ Demonstrate a working knowledge of business management principles as they apply to the field of horticulture, horticulture management, and related endeavors.
■ Categorize plants based on growth, morphological characteristics, taxonomic classifications, and habitat requirements.
■ Demonstrate proficiency in written communication, oral communication, computer applications and problem-solving.
■ Develop solutions for a wide variety of plant health issues.
■ Apply classroom theory and hands-on practice in real-world horticultural environments.
■ Describe and implement both conventional and organic methods of horticultural maintenance, such as fertilization and pest control.
■ Demonstrate proficiency in the selection and use of native plants in ecological restoration projects.