Horticulture, A.S.

The non-transfer Degree Program in Horticulture is primarily designed to prepare the student for entry into careers associated with golf course management, turf management, or other green industry. This program specifically provides students with a strong foundation in turf management, water usage, fertility, soils, horticulture, and human resource management for golf courses, recreational parks, sports fields, and general landscape areas. This program also prepares students to enter the job market as a golf course superintendent, field crew supervisor, irrigation technician, equipment manager, grounds person for parks, cities, and school districts, or field crew foreman for landscape contractors. This program will offer a more well rounded education experience and require the student to attain their general education as well as the classes within this degree program.


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Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
HORT-501 Horticulture Science (formerly HORT-101) 3
HORT-109 Landscape Design 3
HORT-510 Laws and Regulations, an Integrated Pest Management Approach (formerly HORT-110) 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
Spring Semester 1
HORT-502 Introduction to Turfgrass Management (formerly HORT-102) 3
HORT-505 Golf Course/Landscape Irrigation (formerly HORT-105) 3
HORT-507 Arboriculture (formerly HORT-107) 3
MATH-105 College Algebra 4
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
Fall Semester 2
HORT-503 Advanced Turfgrass Management (formerly HORT-103) 3
HORT-504 Soil Science and Management (formerly HORT-104) 3
HORT-506 Pesticide Law & Regulations - Turf & Landscape (formerly HORT-106) 3
SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I 4
GEOG-111 Geography of California 3
Spring Semester 2
CSCR-116 Integrative Career/Life Planning (formerly GUID-116) 3
BIOL-144 Plant Biology 4
General Work Experience (formerly CWE-149)
or Introduction to Management (formerly MGT-103)
ART-104 World Art 3
 Total Units60-61
Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Horticulture Courses9
Horticulture Electives9
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
HORT-501Horticulture Science (formerly HORT-101)3
HORT-502Introduction to Turfgrass Management (formerly HORT-102)3
HORT-504Soil Science and Management (formerly HORT-104)3
Elective Courses
Select three courses from the following:9
Landscape Design
Advanced Turfgrass Management (formerly HORT-103)
Golf Course/Landscape Irrigation (formerly HORT-105)
Pesticide Law & Regulations - Turf & Landscape (formerly HORT-106)
Arboriculture (formerly HORT-107)
Laws and Regulations, an Integrated Pest Management Approach (formerly HORT-110)
Total Units18

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