Curriculum & Outcomes

Environmental Horticulture

Associate of Applied Science Degree

102 - 105 credits

Program Mission: The Environmental Horticulture AAS degree provides students with knowledge and skills necessary for jobs with nurseries, greenhouses, landscape firms, garden centers, and park departments.

Students learn plant identification, plant propagation, sustainable landscape practices, soil science, practical pruning and botanical concepts. Through time spent in practical hands-on training, students will learn to propagate, seed, transplant, design landscape plans, and maintain a variety of plants. Students will participate in an industry based training experience.

The classroom setting includes individual and small group instruction with a hands-on focus of horticultural practices.  The program emphasizes a sustainable approach to horticultural principles.  A diverse population of students enjoys working in a 1,200 sq. ft. state of the art growing facility.  

Environmental Horticulture AAS degree graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain various positions in the field of horticulture
  • Be prepared for Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Professional Horticulturists exams
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge of horticultural skills
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

HORT 111 Botany 5
HORT 112 Intro to Hand Tools 1
HORT 113 Propagation 5
HORT 115 Plant ID Fall 4
HORT 116 Fall Horticulture Lab 3
HORT 121 Soils 4
HORT 122 Pruning 2
HORT 123 Integrated Pest Management 4
HORT 125 Plant ID Winter 4
HORT 127 Winter Horticulture Lab 3
HORT 131 Landscape Design and Drafting 6
HORT 132 Survey of Landscape Materials 2
HORT 134 Nursery Retailing 1
HORT 135 Plant ID Spring 4
HORT 137 Spring Horticulture Lab 4
HORT 211 Intro to Bidding and Estimating 1
HORT 212 Sustainable Lawn Care 3
HORT 225 Career Exploration 3
HORT 215 Introduction to Greenhouses 4
HORT 216 Greenhouse Operations 3
HORT 217 Summer Horticulture Lab 3
IFAD First Aid Elective1 1
Electives2 12-15

1First Aid Elective - 1 credit

*First Aid Electives may be taken from any IFAD courses(s)

Electives - 12-15 credits

Up to 15 additional credits of which all must be in college-leve courses as defined by the technical institute or as accepted as fully transferrable as defined by the state system.

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits

Written Communication 5
Humanities 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits102-105

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Environmental Horticulture

Certificate of Proficiency

84 Credits

Students learn plant identification, plant propagation, sustainable landscape practices, soil science, practical pruning and botanical concepts. Through time spent in practical hands-on training, students will learn to propagate, seed, transplant, design landscape plans, and maintain a variety of plants. Students will participate in an industry based training experience. Graduates find jobs with nurseries, greenhouses, landscape firms, garden centers, and park departments. The classroom setting includes individual and small group instruction with a hands-on focus of horticultural practices.  The program emphasizes a sustainable approach to horticultural principles.  A diverse population of students enjoys working in a 1200 sq. ft. state of the art growing facility. 

Environmental Horticulture certificate graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain various positions in the field of horticulture
  • Be prepared for Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Professional Horticulturists exams
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge of horticultural skills
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills
  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

HORT 111 Botany 5
HORT 112 Intro to Hand Tools 1
HORT 113 Propagation 5
HORT 115 Plant ID Fall 4
HORT 116 Fall Horticulture Lab 3
HORT 121 Soils 4
HORT 122 Pruning 2
HORT 123 Integrated Pest Management 4
HORT 125 Plant ID Winter 4
HORT 127 Winter Horticulture Lab 3
HORT 131 Landscape Design and Drafting 6
HORT 132 Survey of Landscape Materials 2
HORT 134 Nursery Retailing 1
HORT 135 Plant ID Spring 4
HORT 137 Spring Horticulture Lab 4
HORT 211 Intro to Bidding and Estimating 1
HORT 212 Sustainable Lawn Care 3
HORT 225 Career Exploration 3
HORT 215 Introduction to Greenhouses 4
HORT 216 Greenhouse Operations 3
HORT 217 Summer Horticulture Lab 3

Academic Core Requirements - 15 Credits

Written Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits84

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.