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Catalog 2015-16 
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Sustainable Horticulture

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Statewide Program

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .

Summer Semester 1

Spring Semester Year 2


General Education Requirements and Electives - 22 Credits

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses . One course must be a Diversity course.

  • Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.
  • Wellness and Health or Information Technology 3 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 38 Credits

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.


Program Description

The green movement towards restoration and preservation of the earth’s resources is contributing to the rapid growth of the sustainable landscape and horticulture industry. Homeowners, designers, and urban planners are all moving rapidly to apply these practices in order to provide functional, aesthetic, and environmentally sound designs to care for our landscapes. For those desiring to enter the industry, CCBC’s comprehensive program addresses the need to understand how to manage land and water resources for sustainable production while obtaining acceptable returns with minimal impact on the earth’s ecosystem. Graduates will gain a thorough knowledge and practical experience in three areas of sustainable horticulture: landscape design, restoration, installation, and maintenance; turf and grounds maintenance; and greenhouse production. To prepare students for leadership roles in these growing fields, all three disciplines will incorporate innovative strategies in sustainability principles, practices, and current industry standards.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. identify sustainable horticultural practices that can be applied to landscape designs, restoration projects, maintenance of landscapes, and plant production operations;
  2. identify pests that infest and inhibit healthy growth of turf and plants and specify appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to control such pests;
  3. maintain plants in the residential/commercial environment using techniques such as pruning, trimming, planting, and transplanting;
  4. identify various trees, shrubs, and perennials used in garden installations and restoration, using both the common and botanical names, and the cultural requirements for each plant; and
  5. create landscape designs using the principles of ecological design and a variety of graphic skills.

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