Horticulture Certificate

The non-transfer Certificate 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. 


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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended course sequence that leads to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
HORT-501 Horticulture Science (formerly HORT-101) 3
Landscape Design
or Laws and Regulations, an Integrated Pest Management Approach (formerly HORT-110)
Spring Semester 1
HORT-502 Introduction to Turfgrass Management (formerly HORT-102) 3
Golf Course/Landscape Irrigation (formerly HORT-105)
or Arboriculture (formerly HORT-107)
Fall Semester 2
HORT-504 Soil Science and Management (formerly HORT-104) 3
Advanced Turfgrass Management (formerly HORT-103)
or Pesticide Law & Regulations - Turf & Landscape (formerly HORT-106)
 Total Units18

Courses that fulfill major requirements for a certificate or associate degree in this program might not be the same as those required for transfer into the major at a four-year university. Many of these courses are designed around those courses and have been used to develop these classes. This will allow them to use these courses as transfers into those similar degree programs.

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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Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer.

Gainful Employment Disclosures: Horticulture

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2024 


This program is designed to be completed in 12 months 

This program will cost $1,242 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.   

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

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Cost per unit $46
Nonresident Fees- Tuition: $318
Capital Outlay: $58
Parking Permits cost $90 a year or $45 a semester
RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester
SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester
Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester
Student Health Center Fee - $52 a year or $26 a semester
*For summer session fees and non-CA resident tuition, please see: https://www.msjc.edu/enroll/what-fees-do-i-have-to-pay.html