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  • Horticulture

    Delivery: Daytime and blended online classes.
    Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
     

    • Horticulture Science — Associate in Science Degree (60 credits)
    • Horticulture Technology — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)
    • Horticulture Technology — Diploma (48 credits)
    • Horticulture Technology — Certificate (30 credits)

     

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About the Program

The field of horticulture offers many exciting and challenging careers. Nationally, horticulture is a major employer and includes jobs in garden centers, greenhouses, grounds maintenance firms, park systems sports complexes, and private grounds. Persons working in horticulture may also be self-employed. The Horticulture department offers a variety of awards including certificates, diplomas and degrees.

The Horticulture Associate in Science Degree is designed to provide you with pre-professional preparation in horticulture through introductory horticulture courses as well as a strong foundation in general education for transfer purposes. If you are interested in securing or maintaining employment in a horticulture-related occupation, and interested in obtaining a Baccalaureate Degree, you may consider completing an Associate in Science Degree. Specific transfer arrangements, with the college of choice, should be made as early in the degree as possible to ensure an appropriate program is planned for enrollment at Century College and at the four-year school.

Graduates of the Horticulture Technology AAS degree will have a strong knowledge of landscape and greenhouse practices as well as general horticultural skills in plant identification and fertility management. Students can select elective courses to focus on landscape design and installation, grounds management, or plant production. Business management and horticultural operations are emphasized to prepare students for supervisory and management positions and self-employment

The Horticulture Technology Diploma provides students with the technical and communication skills to meet the demand for well-trained personnel in the horticulture industry.  In addition to knowledge of plant biology, soil management, and plant selection, students can select elective courses to focus on landscape design and installation, grounds management, or plant production.

The Horticulture Technology certificate provides students with the general education and technical skills to meet the demand for well-trained personnel in the horticulture industry.  Graduates will be well versed in woody and herbaceous plants that grow in temperate climates.  They will be knowledgeable about plant pests, nursery operations, landscape installation, and grounds maintenance.  Graduates of this program may choose to build on this certificate achieve a diploma or an AAS degree.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
  • Landscaper and Groundskeepers

Salary Data

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
Average Wage: $11.65/hour
Top Earners: $14.66/hour

Landscaper and Groundskeepers
Average Wage: $14.03/hour
Top Earners: $20.19/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu

Learning Outcomes

Horticulture Science - AS 60 Credits

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of plants, their culture, and utilization.
  • Apply horticultural principles to the successful production and marketing of horticultural plants.
  • Synthesize and integrate information to solve horticultural problems.
  • Demonstrate a strong work and personal ethic through care of horticultural tools and facilities.

Horticulture Technology - AAS 60 Credits

  • Prepare production schedules and grow greenhouse plants.
  • Identify and solve pest, water, and fertility problems of landscape plants.
  • Install and maintain landscape trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
  • Design, plan, and install hardscape elements.
  • Demonstrate a strong work and personal ethic through care of horticultural tools and facilities.

Horticulture Technology - Diploma 48 Credits

  • Prepare production schedules for greenhouse plants.
  • Identify and solve pest, water, and fertility problems of landscape plants.
  • Install and maintain landscape trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
  • Plan and install hardscape elements.
  • Demonstrate a strong work and personal ethic through care of horticultural tools and facilities.

Horticulture Technology - Certificate 30 Credits

  • Propagate herbaceous and woody plants
  • Troubleshoot pest, water, soil and location problems of landscape plants.
  • Provide recommendations for installation and management of landscape trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
  • Demonstrate a strong work and personal ethic through care of horticultural tools and facilities.