Academic Catalog

Environmental & Applied Technology

Nursery Technology Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

Students enrolled in this major pursue careers in the wholesale production and retail sales of horticultural crops. Course work will focus on plant propagation, greenhouse plant production, and horticultural practices related to production and sales of landscape and greenhouse plant material. Students entering the nursery industry, those already employed but seeking upgraded skills, and those wishing to transfer to Cal Poly or other four-year degree programs will benefit from the curriculum. Graduates are employed by wholesale and retail nurseries, public agencies 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-121Plant Propagation3
OH-130Plant Pest Control3
OH-170Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs3
OH-180Plant Materials: Annuals and Perennials3
OH-290Cooperative Work Experience Education 13
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Business
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Developing a Business
Business Law: Legal Environment of Business
Select eight units from the following:8-9
The Secret Life of Plants
Xeriscape: Water Conservation in the Landscape
Floral Design I
Landscape Architecture I
Greenhouse Plant Production
Spanish I
Total Units32-33

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 Nursery Technology. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.