2019-2020 Catalog 
    Oct 22, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainable Horticulture Associate of Science

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Sustainability is a key component of the Horticulture Program. Sustainable horticulture is among several fields of study that are uniquely poised to capture opportunities presented by the expanding Green Industry and an increasing awareness of the need to preserve and protect limited resources. The Sustainable Horticulture Associate of Science degree program is based on horticultural science and technology, and prepares students for careers such as community, residential, and urban farm planning and design, organic grower, arborist, nursery management, nursery sales, nursery support, pest control adviser, and creation of gardens for human well-being and therapy. Careers also include opportunities related to the production and care of ornamental herbaceous plants, trees, shrubs, fruits, nuts, and vegetables commonly used in landscape design, urban farming, therapeutic gardens, and plant nurseries. Students, who may pursue being a certified arborist by the State of California, may also elect to take HORT 144 to prepare for the C27 Landscape Contractor Licensing Exam.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Grow and maintain ornamental plant materials, based on principles of sustainable propagation.
  • Identify local plant materials, especially, those well adapted to local conditions including herbaceous ground covers, trees, shrubs, and California natives.
  • Identify plants contributing to local ecologies and habitats.

Total Units for the Major: 22-25

† CWE 180 should be taken after completing at least 9 units of the Sustainable Horticulture program.


Associate of Science Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements

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