About the Program
Horticulture is the art and science of cultivating plants. In the past, this referred to agriculture and simple gardening.
AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Skills Award
AREA OF STUDY: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Degrees and Certificates
Applied Horticulture - Horticulture Services Operations & Management - AAS
Associate of Applied Science
The Horticulture Technology program offers the basic knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level jobs and careers in horticulture. Students considering continuing their studies in Horticulture at a four-year college are responsible for reviewing that college’s baccalaureate degree requirements and for consulting with an HCC counselor in planning their degree program.
In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.
Students will be able to:
- Identify key landscape plants, economic crops, insects, pests, and diseases and be able to manage them where they exist in the environment.
- Utilize principles of biology, particularly as they apply to plant propagation and growth and the management of landscape pests and diseases.
- Apply extensive practical knowledge in the management of materials and resources in areas such as fertilization, irrigation, pest management, and greenhouses.
- Demonstrate the ability to locate, apply for, interview, and keep a professional position in the workplace.
TSI testing is required prior to first enrollment.
There are 294 First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 0.3% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 9 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $24.66 hourly, $51,280 annually
- Employment Number of 101,390 according to the bureau of labor statistics.