2021-2022 Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2021  
2021-2022 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.


Course ID Title Units
HORT 10   Plant Materials-Ornamental 3
HORT 11   Plant Materials-Edibles 3
HORT 20   Introduction to Horticultural Science 4
HORT 112   Plant Propagation 3
HORT 113   Soils and Fertilizers 3
HORT 120   Integrated Pest Management 3
  Choose one course from each Group 3-6
Group 1:  
HORT 110   Introduction to Urban Farming 3
HORT 111   Introduction to Permaculture 2
HORT 138   The Sustainable Landscape 3
HORT 144   Licensure for the Landscape Contractor 2
Group 2:  
HORT 140   Business Aspects in Horticulture and Landscape 3
HORT 166   Native Plants in the Urban Landscape 2
HORT 238   Introduction to Wellness Gardening 3
CWE 180  † Co-Op-Ed-Hort & Landscape 1



†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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