Associate of Science in Ornamental Horticulture - Not for Transfer (AS)

Division: Agriculture

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Ornamental Horticulture through the study of plant health, identification, sales, and marketing. Students will acquire skills in propagation, cultural care and sales of ornamental plants in a nursery setting.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare appropriate growth media and utilize common horticultural techniques and practices to propagate and produce ornamental plants in containers.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Describe and demonstrate the safe and efficient use of tools, equipment and materials commonly used in ornamental horticulture and nursery management.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: plant propagators, greenhouse managers, nursery foremen, and pesticide applicators.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
Required Major Courses (31 Units)31
AG Leadership
Ag Sales and Marketing
AG Business Computer Apps
Basic Ornamental Horticulture
Plant Identification 1
Plant Identification 2
Plant Propagation
Nursery & Greenhouse Productn.
Diseases of Ornamentals
Pests of Ornamentals
Agriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Restricted Electives (6-7 Units)6
Select six units from the following courses:
Soil Science *
Principles of Landscape Design
Landscape Maintenance
Landscape Drafting
Landscape Construction
Turfgrass Management
Landscape Irrigation
Xeriscape: Water Conservation

Courses meet General Education requirements and 0-3 units may double count above in COS-GE. 

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).