This degree program provides students with entry level skills, upgrading of existing skills, and preparation for further training. It is designed for those interested in careers in nursery and greenhouse management, landscape design and construction, grounds management, retail nursery operations, irrigation system design, installation and maintenance of interior plantscaping, arboriculture and other related fields. Students will learn modern horticultural methods and procedures as well as the use of tools and equipment common to the field.
County/State Agricultural Advisor1
Flower Shop Manager
Golf Course Superintendent
Golf Course Worker
Grounds Maintenance Manager
Nursery/Garden Center Manager
Sports Field Manager
Bachelor Degree normally recommended.
Bachelor Degree or higher required.
Arboriculture Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement
This major encompasses urban forestry, professional tree care, and tree trimming. Students will learn care and pruning of landscape trees, palms and related plants as well as common fruit trees. Course work includes skill development in tree climbing and pruning techniques, basic tree maintenance, and principles of urban forestry. Graduates are employed by private tree care companies, public agencies, landscape contractors, wholesale and retail nurseries, or may be self-employed.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Perform work-related functions according to current industry standards.
- Assess and resolve work-related problems using current industry-specific tools and resources.
- Communicate effectively to prospective clients, managers and coworkers in a workplace setting.
- Abide by industry and government regulations regarding occupational health and safety, and/or environmental standards.
Associate in Science Degree Requirements
|OH-120||Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture||3|
|OH-130||Plant Pest Control||3|
|OH-170||Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs||3|
|OH-290||Cooperative Work Experience Education 1||3|
|Select two of the following:||2|
|Safe Work Practices in Tree Climbing and Arboriculture|
|Science in Practice for Arboriculture|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Business|
|Entrepreneurship: Starting and Developing a Business|
|Business Law: Legal Environment of Business|
|Select nine units from the following:||9|
|Xeriscape: Water Conservation in the Landscape|
|Landscape Architecture I|
|Turf and Ground Cover Management|
|Landscape Construction: Irrigation and Carpentry|
|Principles of Landscape Irrigation|
|Landscape Water Management|
|Sustainable Urban Landscape Principles and Practices|
|Diagnosing Horticultural Problems|
Student must complete six units within the major at Cuyamaca College to be eligible for this course.
Certificate of Achievement
Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Arboriculture. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.