Horticulture Science - A.S. Degree

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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.

The objectives of this program are 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.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH110 Pre-Calculus I 3
CHEM110 College Chemistry I 4
AGSC101 Introduction to Agricultural Science 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
BIOS110 Biology I 4
BUSA101 Introduction to Business 3
CHEM112 College Chemistry II 4
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
AGSC107 Agriculture Pest Control and Management** 4
BIOS130 Introduction to Botany** 4
HORT201 Introduction to Soil Science** 4
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement** 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
HORT102 Plant Propagation*** 4
HORT204 Greenhouse Management*** 4
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
COLL210 Capstone for Biological and Clinical Sciences 1
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

**Course is only offered in fall

***Course is only offered in spring

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.