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Catalog 2022-2023 
Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainable Horticulture

Important Information

Short Description

CCBC’s Sustainable Horticulture Program provides an innovative and multi-faceted approach to train students who wish to enter or advance in various careers within horticulture.  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. In addition some students prepare themselves to further their education and transfer to 4-year institutions.

Type of Credential

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

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinator:

CCBC Dundalk, Bradley W. Thompson
443-840-3754 or

Sustainable Horticulture Office

Additional Information:

  • Statewide Programs (5):  Sustainable Horticulture A.A.S. Degree; Basic Horticulture Technician Certificate; Greenhouse/Agricultural Production Certificate; Landscape Installation, Maintenance and Design Certificate; and Turf and Landscape Maintenance Certificate.
  • Classes offered at the Dundalk Campus and Hunt Valley Center.
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Sustainable Horticulture, see Departmental Exam. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements - While there are no program-specific agreements, see other types of agreements such as guaranteed admission, block transfer, and discounts.

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 .

Semester 1*

Semester 3

Semester 4

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 19 Credits

General Education Electives:

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

  • Additional General Education Course (CHEM 107  recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (HIST 111 , PSYC 101  or SOCL 101  recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 41 Credits

Program Electives:

Choose 6 credits.

Students who do not have a business background are strongly encouraged to take HORT 125 .

Other courses may serve as Program Electives with the permission of the Program Director, in order to meet the needs for transfer to a four year program.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 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, explain and apply sustainable horticultural practices to landscape design, restoration projects, maintenance of landscapes, and plant production  operations;
  2. Create landscape designs using the principles of ecological design and a variety of graphic skills;
  3. Identify various trees, shrubs, and perennials used in garden installations and restoration by both the common and botanical names; understand and apply the cultural requirements for each plant when selecting plants during design or installation;
  4. Apply basic cultural practices and perform routine operations in farm, garden or greenhouses used to raise and maintain turf and plants for landscaping, green roofs and green walls;
  5. Maintain plants in the residential/commercial  environment using techniques such as pruning, trimming, planting, and transplanting;
  6. Identify pests that infest and inhibit healthy growth of turf and plants and specify appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to control such pests.