Associate of Science in Ornamental Horticulture (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 management practices, and sales of ornamental plants in a nursery setting.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and classify common landscape plants utilized in the climate zones of the Central Valley, and describe their cultural requirements.
  • 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 as: 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.

Program Requirements 

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
AG 110Ag Leadership3
AGMT 102Ag Sales and Marketing3
AGMT 108Ag Business Computer Applications3
OH 001Introduction to Horticultural Science3
OH 002Plant Identification 13
OH 003Plant Identification 23
OH 105Plant Propagation3
OH 204Nursery and Greenhouse Production3
OH 220Diseases of Ornamentals3
OH 222Pests of Ornamentals3
WEXP 193FAgriculture Work Experience – First Semester3
Select three units from the following courses:
AG 004Soil Science *3
OH 007Principles of Landscape Design3
OH 109Landscape Maintenance3
OH 206Landscape Drafting3
OH 208Landscape Construction3
OH 210Turfgrass Management3
OH 217Landscape Irrigation3
OH 218Xeriscape: Water Conservation3
Select additional degree-applicable courses numbered 001 - 299 to achieve 60 units.
TOTAL 60-61

Course meets General Education requirements and 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).