Horticultural Sciences Certificate

The 31-credit-hour certificate granted by Johnson County Community College is a program designed to prepare students for entry into the rapidly advancing, diverse horticultural industry. The coursework provides a solid science foundation for propagation, production and managing plants, both food and essential, in controlled environments and the field.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with invaluable hands-on learning experience. Upon completion of this certificate, students will possess the knowledge and skills to be successful at entry-level or higher positions in most specializations within Horticulture, including crop production, nursery management, landscape maintenance, golf course management, private and public gardens management, garden center operations, wholesale greenhouse growing, greenhouse operations and other related occupations.

Horticultural Sciences Certificate can be completed through a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes in one year. Horticultural Sciences Certificate is stackable with the AAS Horticultural Sciences degree.

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)

Horticultural Sciences Program web page

Fall Semester

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

Spring Semester

Horticulture Electives (see below)3
HORT 205Plant Propagation*3
HORT 215Woody Plants, Evergreens3
HORT 225Plant Problems*3
HORT 255Pest Management3
Total Hours15

Horticulture Electives

HORT 115Home Horticulture2
HORT 135Landscape Design3
HORT 150Fruits, Vegetables and Herb Crops2
HORT 165Arboriculture3
HORT 240Turfgrass II*3
HORT 260Horticulture Soils3
HORT 265Landscape Construction3
HORT 270Horticulture Internship*3

Total Program Hours: 31