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Horticultural Sciences Certificate

Programs in some career areas are made available by means of cooperative agreements with other educational institutions. These cooperative agreements have resulted in the sharing of programming, curriculum and staffing in the greater Kansas City area and have promoted increased economies of operations for cooperating institutions. The horticultural certificate program is a cooperative program with the Metropolitan Community Colleges.

The 31-credit-hour certificate granted by Johnson County Community College is a certificate program designed to prepare students for a career in the “greening industry.” Upon completion of this certificate, students will possess the competencies to be successful at entry-level or higher positions in landscape design and maintenance, lawn care, garden centers and nurseries, wholesale greenhouse growers, and greenhouse operations and other related occupations.

Suggested/Sample Course Sequence

The sequence taken by the student may vary depending on prerequisites, course availability, and personal/ professional responsibilities.

(Horticultural Sciences - Major Code 6180; State CIP Code 01.0601 and Business Plan - Major Code 4810; State CIP Code 52.0710)

First Semester

HORT 140Turfgrass I3
HORT 214Woody Plants I, Deciduous3
HORT 220Herbaceous Plants3
HORT 201Introduction to Horticultural Science4
HORT 235Landscape Maintenance and Techniques3
Total Hours16

Second Semester

HORT 215Woody Plants II, Evergreens3
HORT 225Plant Problems*3
HORT 135Landscape Design3
HORT 205Plant Propagation*3
Elective (see below)3
Total Hours15

Elective (choose one course)

BUS 121Introduction to Business3
BUS 145Small Business Management3
HORT 160Garden Center Operations3
HORT 255Pest Control Management3
HORT 260Horticulture Soils3
HORT 270Horticulture Internship*3

Total Program Hours: 31

Additional Certificate

Business Plan Certificate

This certificate is designed for students who are interested in opening their own service business providing administrative assistance to businesses. Coursework focuses on fundamental knowledge necessary to own and operate an entrepreneurial venture, evaluating the feasibility of the business idea, and concludes with writing a business plan to start, grow and sustain a business venture. The business plan certificate is recommended for students to add to their Horticultural Sciences certificate.