Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants.  It includes the cultivation of all edible plants and non-food crops such as grass and ornamental trees and plants. It also includes plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape/golf course design, construction, and maintenance, and arboriculture. Horticulturists apply their knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses. They work as gardeners, growers, therapists, designers, and technical advisors in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture.

Horticulture Certificate (18 credits – 6 classes) at 3 classes per semester – 2 semester completion.  It can be completed in less or more time, depending on student schedule.

  1. Principles of Plant Growth (Botany)
  2. Soils and Fertilizers
  3. Agricultural Chemistry
  4. Landscape Plants
  5. Irrigation for Golf and Landscape
  6. Turfgrass for Golf and Landscape

Advanced Horticulture Certificate (30 credit – 10 classes)

  1. Adds 4 additional classes to the Horticulture Certificate
  2. Integrated Pest Management I
  3. Integrated Pest Management II
  4. Materials Calculations
  5. Turfgrass Science

Gold Standard Career Pathways Statewide Articulation Agreement

  1. To be eligible for articulation, the student must show evidence of their current Certified Horticulture Professional certification (FNGLA) and it must have been issued within three (3) years prior to their enrollment in the program.
  2. Guarantees the minimum award of course credits or a block of credit toward the above advanced program is 6 hours of credit.


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