Plant Science and Agricultural Technology

Plant Science and Agricultural Technology with Specializations in:

  • Horticulture
  • Landscape

Associate in Science Degree CIP# 1101060502)

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the landscape and horticulture industries. Students may choose to specialize in two areas: landscape or horticulture. The Landscape Specialization provides for skills in landscape design, construction, and maintenance, which include instruction in constructing and landscaping parks, airports, communities, resorts, etc. Students are trained to supervise, manage, and design exterior and interior landscapes. The Horticulture Specialization is designed to prepare students for careers in both greenhouse and nursery operations and includes instruction in greenhouse foliage, flower and woody nursery production. Students are specially trained to operate and manage all types of plant productions, programs and facilities.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Career Program Advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and specialization course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned an approved industry certification or Career Pathways credit.  For more information and requirements, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the award of credit options.  Eligible students should contact the related academic department and/or Career Program Advisor at Valencia for the award of credit.

Technical Certificates

The Plant Science and Agricultural A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificate programs are embedded in the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the course requirements.

  • Landscape & Horticulture Specialist (12 credits)
  • Landscape & Horticulture Professional (18 credits)
  • Landscape & Horticulture Technician (30 credits)

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Nursery Supervisor/Manager
  • Supervisor, Parks
  • Production Superintendent
  • Landscape & Groundskeeping Manager
  • Landscape Gardener/Designer/Contractor
  • Supervisor/Manager of Landscaping and Horticulture Services
  • Landscape & Horticulture Specialist
  • Landscape & Horticulture Professional

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507.

Current Students

Javier Garces, Program Chair, West Campus: 407-582-1820
jgarces3@valenciacollege.edu

Beverly Johnson, Career Program Advisor, West Campus: 407-582-1890
bjohnson@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
EVR 1001INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE +*~3
or MAC 1105 COLLEGE ALGEBRA
PLS 1010CIntroduction to Plant Science3
ORH 1510CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS I *3
ORH 1511CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS II *3
ENY 1002CPRINCIPLES OF ENTOMOLOGY *3
BOT 2010CBOTANY *~4
CHM 1025CINTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY *~4
or CHM 1045C GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
Intermediate Courses
AOM 2012CTYPES & SYSTEMS OF AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS3
BOT 2501CPLANT PHYSIOLOGY4
ECO 2013PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS-MACRO ~3
PLP 2001CPLANT PATHOLOGY *4
SWS 2102CSOILS AND FERTILIZERS *3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
Specialization (See below)14
Total Credit Hours60
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Horticulture Specialization

Designed for students wishing to specialize in nursery and greenhouse operations.

Program Outcomes

  • Differentiate the mechanisms involved in plant physiology and growth.
  • Categorize plants based on growth, morphological, and taxonomic characteristics.
  • Design a pest management program.
  • Demonstrate employability skills in the field of horticulture.
  • Develop solutions for a wide variety of plant health issues.
ORH 2251CNURSERY OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT *3
or ORH 2260C GREENHOUSE OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT
PLS 2220CPLANT PROPAGATION *3
Landscape and Horticulture Technology Degree Electives8
Total Credit Hours14
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Landscape Specialization

Designed for students wishing to specialize in landscape design, construction, and maintenance.

Program Outcomes

  • Differentiate the mechanisms involved in plant physiology and growth.
  • Categorize plants based on growth, morphological, and taxonomic characteristics.
  • Design a landscape or interiorscape project.
  • Demonstrate employability skills in the field of horticulture.
  • Schedule a landscape or interiorscape maintenance program.
ORH 1234CORNAMENTAL PLANT MAINTENANCE *4
LDE 1000CLANDSCAPE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION *3
ORH 2840CLANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION *4
Landscape and Horticulture Technology Degree Electives3
Total Credit Hours14
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Landscape and Horticulture Technology Degree Electives
These courses may be used for Landscape and Horticulture Technology Degree Electives credit if not a requirement of the Specialization.
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
HOS 2932SELECTED TOPICS IN HORTICULTURE & LANDSCAPE TECHNOLOGY *1-4
HOS 2941INTERNSHIP EXPLORATION IN LANDSCAPE/HORTICULTURE *1-4
HOS 2942INTERNSHIP IN LANDSCAPE/HORTICULTURE *1-4
IPM 1301CSurvey of Pest Control3
IPM 2011CDIAGNOSTICS TECHNIQUES FOR PLANT PROBLEMS4
ORH 1234CORNAMENTAL PLANT MAINTENANCE *4
LDE 1000CLANDSCAPE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION *3
ORH 1873CINTERIORSCAPING- DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE *3
ORH 2220CTURF GRASS CULTURE *4
ORH 2251CNURSERY OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT *3
ORH 2260CGREENHOUSE OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT *3
ORH 2281CINTRODUCTION TO ORCHIDOLOGY *3
ORH 2840CLANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION *4
PLS 2220CPLANT PROPAGATION *3
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

Specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Several Florida public universities provide opportunities for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. All of Valencia’s A.S. degrees will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offered at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other universities. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree, go to regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science. For other transfer options that may be available, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language or two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.

Landscape and Horticulture Specialist

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the landscape and horticulture industries as nursery workers, landscape and horticulture workers and specialists. Areas of study include an understanding of plant physiology, growth, plant classification and plant identification.

Program Outcomes

  • Differentiate the mechanisms involved in plant physiology and growth.
  • Categorize plants based on growth, morphological, and taxonomic characteristics.
  • Design a landscape project.
  • Install landscape plants.
  • Demonstrate employability skills in the landscape field.
PLS 1010CIntroduction to Plant Science3
ORH 1510CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS I *3
ORH 1511CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS II *3
LDE 1000CLANDSCAPE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION *3
Total Credit Hours12
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the West Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Landscape and Horticulture Professional

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the landscape and horticulture industries as landscape gardeners, park workers, gardener specialists and landscape or horticulture professionals. Students focus on the maintenance of landscape plants, including nutrition, fertilization and pest control.

Program Outcomes

  • Differentiate the mechanisms involved in plant physiology and growth.
  • Categorize plants based on growth, morphological, and taxonomic characteristics.
  • Design a landscape project.
  • Install landscape plants.
  • Schedule a fertilization program.
PLS 1010CIntroduction to Plant Science3
ORH 1510CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS I *3
ORH 1511CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS II *3
LDE 1000CLANDSCAPE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION *3
SWS 2102CSOILS AND FERTILIZERS *3
or AOM 2012C TYPES & SYSTEMS OF AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS
Landscape and Horticulture Technology Certificate Elective(s)3
Total Credit Hours18
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Note:

All certificate courses are offered on the West Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Landscape and Horticulture Technician with Specializations in

  • Horticulture
  • Landscape

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the landscape and horticulture industries as supervisors of landscaping and horticulture, production and nursery supervisors, and horticulture technicians. Areas of study include managing culture of plant materials and installing and constructing landscape projects. Students should select the Horticulture or Landscape Specialization.

Foundation Courses
PLS 1010CIntroduction to Plant Science3
ORH 1510CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS I *3
ORH 1511CORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS II *3
LDE 1000CLANDSCAPE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION *3
SWS 2102CSOILS AND FERTILIZERS *3
or AOM 2012C TYPES & SYSTEMS OF AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS
Specialization (See below)15
Total Credit Hours30
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Horticulture Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Differentiate the mechanisms involved in plant physiology and growth.
  • Categorize plants based on growth, morphological, and taxonomic characteristics.
  • Design a landscape or interiorscape project.
  • Install landscape plants.
  • Manage a plant nursery.
ORH 2251CNURSERY OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT3
Landscape and Horticulture Technology Certificate Elective(s)12
Total Credit Hours15

Landscape Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Differentiate the mechanisms involved in plant physiology and growth.
  • Categorize plants based on growth, morphological, and taxonomic characteristics.
  • Design a landscape or interiorscape project.
  • Install landscape plants.
  • Design a pest management program.
ORH 1234CORNAMENTAL PLANT MAINTENANCE *4
PLP 2001CPLANT PATHOLOGY *4
or IPM 2011C DIAGNOSTICS TECHNIQUES FOR PLANT PROBLEMS
ORH 2840CLANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION *4
Landscape and Horticulture Technology Certificate Elective(s)3
Total Credit Hours15
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Landscape and Horticulture Technology Certificate Electives

These courses may be used for Landscape and Horticulture Technology Certificate Electives credit if not being used as a certificate requirement.

AOM 2012CTYPES & SYSTEMS OF AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS3
BOT 2010CBOTANY *4
BOT 2501CPLANT PHYSIOLOGY4
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
CHM 1025CINTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY *4
ENY 1002CPRINCIPLES OF ENTOMOLOGY *3
EVR 1001INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE3
HOS 2932SELECTED TOPICS IN HORTICULTURE & LANDSCAPE TECHNOLOGY *1-4
HOS 2941INTERNSHIP EXPLORATION IN LANDSCAPE/HORTICULTURE *1-4
HOS 2942INTERNSHIP IN LANDSCAPE/HORTICULTURE *1-4
IPM 1301CSurvey of Pest Control3
IPM 2011CDIAGNOSTICS TECHNIQUES FOR PLANT PROBLEMS4
ORH 1234CORNAMENTAL PLANT MAINTENANCE *4
ORH 1873CINTERIORSCAPING- DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE *3
ORH 2220CTURF GRASS CULTURE *4
ORH 2251CNURSERY OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT *3
ORH 2260CGREENHOUSE OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT *3
ORH 2281CINTRODUCTION TO ORCHIDOLOGY *3
ORH 2840CLANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION *4
OST 1755CMICROSOFT WORD - INTRODUCTION1
PLP 2001CPLANT PATHOLOGY *4
PLS 2220CPLANT PROPAGATION *3
SWS 2102CSOILS AND FERTILIZERS *3
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Note

All certificate courses are offered on the West Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.