Horticulture A.A.S. Degree

Horticulture A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

For 40+ years CLC has been training students for careers in horticulture. The Horticulture Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree covers a broad spectrum of the horticulture industry. While completing their A.A.S. Degree, students may also complete the Sustainable Local Food Certificate, Sustainable Greenhouse Diploma, or Sustainable Landscaping Diploma. One of the best things about horticulture is the number of different specialties and career opportunities available. This variety allows people with different backgrounds, skills and interests to find satisfying careers. Students appreciate the hands-on instruction and practice they receive; planting and caring for plants in the greenhouse; being able to identify and design with the many annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees; and participating in many other activities connected with plants.

Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:
• Identify regional and Minnesota plants by common name, genus and species;
• Propagate, grow, and maintain plants in horticultural production systems;
• Identify and prescribe sustainable options in horticulture which benefit the environment while maintaining productivity and economic viability;
• Design, construct and install plants for landscape projects;
• Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills with co-workers, supervisors, suppliers and customers.

Career Opportunities

An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Horticulture is the gateway to a wide variety of careers in the ever-growing horticulture industry. Employment opportunities can be found in greenhouse production, landscaping, floral design and sales, as well as horticulture therapy, interior plantscaping, plant and flower brokering, and freelance design. Careers available are largely dependent on your goals.

Transfer Opportunities

Articulation agreements are currently in place with the University of Minnesota. You may attend your first two years of college at Central Lakes College and transfer your credits to further your degree in Agricultural Education or Horticulture at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities or Crookston Campuses. Courses may also transfer to many other four-year universities Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor about transfer information for specific four-year colleges.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

HORT 1104   Plant Science……………………………………………. 4 cr
HORT 1106   Applied Plant Science Lab………………………… 2 cr
HORT 1108   Fundamentals of Floral Design………………… 4 cr
HORT 1113   Annuals and Perennials……………………………. 4 cr
HORT 1118   Indoor Flowering & Foliage Plants…………… 4 cr
HORT 1122   Local Food Production……………………………… 3 cr
HORT 1180   Sustainable Landscaping………………………….. 3 cr
HORT 1196   Sustainable Greenhouse Management……. 4 cr
HORT 2112   Aquaponics and Hydroponics………………….. 5 cr
HORT 2116   Integrated Pest Management………………….. 4 cr
HORT 2140   Arboriculture……………………………………………. 4 cr
HORT 2165   Landscape Design…………………………………….. 4 cr

An A.A.S. degree requires a minimum of 15 credits selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses …………………….. 15 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

 

Program Instructors

jeff dirks

Jeff Dirks

Horticulture Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8078
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Kimberly Tessmer

Horticulture Asst
Phone: 218-821-5697
Theri Wasniewski

Theri Wasniewski

Horticulture Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8080
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