Horticulture, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science degree in Horticulture represents a well-rounded education in plant science: plant identification, propagation and use, and garden design. The degree will include at least one of the following specializations: irrigation, pest management, and/or tree care specialist. Students will be well prepared for industry-recognized certifications.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Practice basic botany to identify, propagate and cultivate plants in landscape or nursery settings.
  • Apply basic principles of garden design with consideration for soil, climate, drainage, water conservation and sustainability.
  • Identify, monitor and manage pest and nutrition issues of plants in landscape or nursery settings.
  • Identify two hundred horticultural plants by common name, scientific name, and cultivar.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
HORT 51Introduction to Horticulture I3
HORT 52Introduction to Horticulture II3
HORT 61Plant Identification: Shrubs, Vines, and Ground Covers3
HORT 62Plant Identification: Trees, Annuals, and Perennials3
HORT 65Basic Landscape Design3
Select one of the following Specializations:3-3.5
Landscape Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management
Tree Care Specialist
Tree Care
Landscape Pruning
Landscape Irrigation
Irrigation Design and Water Economy
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.41.5-42
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

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