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Arboriculture Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

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.

Career Opportunities

Agricultural Inspector1
Agricultural Researcher2
Arboretum/Park Director1
Arboriculture Technician
Botanical Illustrator
County/State Agricultural Advisor1
Environmental Designer2
Floral Designer
Flower Shop Manager
Golf Course Superintendent
Golf Course Worker
Greenhouse Manager
Grounds Maintenance Manager
Grower/Production Manager
Horticultural Journalist1
Irrigation Consultant
Landscape Architect1
Landscape Contractor
Landscape Designer
Landscape Technician
Nursery/Garden Center Manager
Park Planner/Manager1
Plant Breeder/Propagator
Sports Field Manager
Turf Manager
Urban Forester
Water Auditor
Water Conservationist1


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-120Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture3
OH-130Plant Pest Control3
OH-170Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs3
OH-290Cooperative Work Experience Education 13
Select two of the following:2
Urban Forestry
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
Spanish I
Total Units32

Plus General Education Requirements


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.