Associate of Science

Horticulture

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Program Overview

Program Overview

NVCC is the only community college in Connecticut that offers a degree in horticulture. Through the program, you can continue your education at a four-year university or apply for employment in landscaping, greenhouses, garden centers or landscape design centers. Over 500 students have received training at NVCC and have gone on to start their own businesses. The University of Connecticut is the only other college in the state that offers a horticulture degree and graduates from our program can expect to seamlessly transfer to UCONN to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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  • Degree options include:
  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions as Greenhouse Manager, Landscape Designer, Golf Course Superintendent, Nursery Grower, Plant Propagator, Landscape Maintenance Professional
  • Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer articulation to Uconn's Bachelor's of Horticulture Program. The transfer program guarantees complete transfer of NVCC courses.

Earn a certificate 

Looking to work within a shorter time frame? Choose from two professional certification programs in horticulture and landscape design. These certifications are specialized to prepare students with immediate training for green-industry careers without the general education requirements of the associate degree.
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The Horticulture program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, Inc., 12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22033; telephone: 703-736-9666; email: info@landscapeprofessionals.org; website: https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org/.

Quick Facts

Horticulture Quick Facts

Accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals
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NVCC's Horticulture program is the only program in the state to be accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Hands-on Learning
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Our program has over a dozen themed garden-laboratories on campus utilized in course instruction, including a diversity of woody-plant specimens in the college's Tamarack Arboretum.

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Graduates of NVCC's Horticulture program are eligible for transfer articulation to UCONN's Bachelor's of Horticulture Program.

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The only program in the state to be accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

The Associate of Science in horticulture includes the completion of two full years of study and an appropriate supervised cooperative work experience, which places students in greenhouses, wholesale nurseries, landscape businesses and agricultural extension agencies.

Graduates of the program find work in a variety of disciplines as greenhouse managers, landscape designers, arborists, pest management supervisors, plant propagators and more.Designed as a career program leading to the Associate in Science degree, the goal of the Horticulture Program is to prepare students for employment in landscape, garden centers, greenhouses, or related businesses, and for further education. The program includes the completion of two full years of study and an appropriate supervised cooperative work experience with nurseries, landscape businesses, greenhouses, and agricultural extension agencies. Graduates of the program find work in a variety of disciplines as greenhouse managers, arborists, landscape designers, pest management supervisors, plant propagators, and more. The Associate Degree Program also enables students to transfer, with articulated equivalency, to the University of Connecticut Horticultural Science Program. 

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Program Requirements

Horticulture A.S.

Note: To complete the degree in two years, students are advised to complete the courses in the sequence listed beginning in the fall semester.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H121 Applications for Business and Other Careers, OR MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Math, OR higher than MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
Program Requirement HRT*H101 Landscape Construction 4
Program Requirement ENV*H240 Principles of Soil and Water Resources1 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions HRT*H202 Landscape Design I 3
Scientific Reasoning HRT*H222 Greenhouse Management & Operations 4
Program Requirement HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
Program Requirement BIO*H155 General Botany 4
SUMMER SEMESTER
Program Requirement HRT*H290 CWE/Co-Op2 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Program Requirement HRT*H215 Pest Control in Ornamentals and Turf 3
Program Requirement Directed elective3 3
Program Requirement HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethical Dimensions ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Historical Knowledge and Understanding Exempt 0
Program Requirement BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
Program Requirement Directed elective3 3
Program Requirement Directed elective3 3

Total Credits: 60

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 ENV*H240 Principles of Soil and Water Resources is only offered in the Fall semester

2 HRT*H290 Placement is required for this course. Students need to contact the program coordinator early in the semester prior to taking the course.

3 Directed electives: HRT*H105, HRT*H115, HRT*H1244, HRT*H1254, HRT*H203, HRT*H204, HRT*H206, HRT*H219, HRT*H224, HRT*H240

4 HRT*124 Floral Design I and HRT*125 Floral Design II have not been offered recently.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the construction of hardscape landscape components, including pavers, concrete and wood structures.
  2. Identify common ornamental trees and shrubs, ground covers by botanical and common names, and describe characteristics of each.
  3. Review and discuss the characteristics of soil, structure, soil erosion, and soil restoration.
  4. Identify common herbaceous perennials and annuals by botanical and common names, and describe characteristics of each.
  5. Analyze and design landscapes for both residential and commercial properties utilizing a variety of sustainable horticulture techniques and procedures and meet the needs of a diverse clientele.
  6. Select the proper procedures, define the physiological basis, and describe practical applications of the reproduction of plants by asexual and sexual methods.
  7. Describe proper design and operation of greenhouse environmental systems, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in commercial production.
  8. Summarize and assess plant growth requirements for commercial production of greenhouse crops, and economically produce a crop from seed or cutting to harvest and sales.
  9. Relate basic knowledge of botany to plant growth and culture.
  10. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work in the horticulture field.
  11. Solve problems related to the use of soil amendments, fertilizers, and plant growth control chemicals, and apply effective cost estimating, pricing, and record keeping techniques.
  12. Create, manage, and gain profit from running a landscape maintenance business.
  13. Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot common landscape and greenhouse pests and diseases within the landscape utilizing integrated pest management practices.
  14. Practice specialized techniques within the horticulture field such as advanced design, food production, arboriculture, or turf management.

Certificate in Horticulture

Course No. Title Credits
HRT*H101 Landscape Construction 4
HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
HRT*H202 Landscape Design I† 3
HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
HRT*H222 Greenhouse Operations and Management 4
HRT*H290 CWE Horticulture Co-op 3
Elective Horticulture†† 3-4
Elective Horticulture†† 3-4
Total Credit Hours 29-31

†Prerequisite HRT*H102-Woody Plants or waiver by coordinator.

††Horticulture Electives

HRT*H105 Fruit and Vegetable Production
HRT*H115 Turf Management
HRT*H124 Floral Design I
HRT*H125 Floral Design II
HRT*H203 Landscape Design II
HRT*H204 Computers in Landscape Design
HRT*H206 Landscaping Small Properties
HRT*H219 Arboriculture
HRT*H224 Plant Propagation & Hybridization
HRT*H240 Nursery Management

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify common trees and shrubs, ground covers, various annuals, biennials, and perennials by botanical and common names, and describe the outstanding characteristics of each; summarize landscape, garden center and greenhouse uses; and know the cultural requirements of these plants.
  2. Identify foliage plants commonly used indoors by botanical and common names, state distinguishing characteristics of each, and describe their use and culture in various indoor landscape areas.
  3. Control the common weeds, insects, pests and diseases of ornamentals and turf.
  4. Select the proper procedures, define the physiological basis, and describe practical applications of the reproduction of plants by asexual and sexual methods.
  5. Describe proper design and operation of greenhouse environmental systems, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in commercial production.
  6. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  7. Select appropriate techniques for the establishment and management of lawns and utility turf areas.
  8. Manage the procedures used in landscape constructions and in the maintenance of small engines.
  9. Design flower beds, and mixed borders; place trees and shrubs for a variety of gardens for both residential and commercial properties.
  10. Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  11. Demonstrate those skills, abilities and values which allow a person to function as a free and responsible citizen.
  12. Apply mathematics to calculating area, volume and application rates of fertilizers and pesticides.
  13. Evaluate site conditions to design attractive, functional landscapes.

Certificate in Landscape Design

Course No. Title Credits
HRT*H101 Landscape Construction 4
HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
HRT*H202 Landscape Design I 3
HRT*H203 Landscape Design II 3
HRT*H204 Computers in Landscape Design
HRT*H206 Landscaping Small Properties 3
HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
Art*H111 Drawing I 3
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HRT*H290 CWE/Horticulture Co-op 3
Total Credit Hours 28

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify the current repertoire of trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, annuals, biennials, and perennials by botanical and common names, describe the outstanding characteristics of each; summarize landscape uses, know their cultural requirements; design herbaceous and mixed borders.
  2. Evaluate landscape areas and needs; select and place plants in a design; design and place hardscape features in a landscape; draw plans using traditional equipment and computer-aided tools; outline techniques for low maintenance needs in both residential and commercial properties.
  3. Transfer portions of aerial designs into perceptual designs, using sketching techniques; develop a plan for pricing out landscape projects and bids; demonstrate oral skills to clients on design ideas; design landscape garden plans using computer design programs; manipulate computer designs to illustrate to landscape design development over time.
  4. Demonstrate how to bring color to the landscape through the four seasons with herbaceous and woody plants; how to establish and manage mass planting through the year.
  5. Demonstrate and explain how to prune deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs for a variety of purposes.
  6. Interpret fertilizer needs for particular plants from the general recommendations of a soil analysis; recognize signs of nutrient deficiency.
  7. Demonstrate techniques for designing small properties; plan and select plants for different kinds of gardens (examples: for woods, meadows, marshes, water, rock gardens).
  8. Relate the historical development of the garden through the ages and be able to recognize the contributions and influences of great designers on gardens today.
  9. Relate and demonstrate how to use all the subtleties of color and design in the garden in two dimensional and three dimensional formats.
  10. Initiate, develop and present a significant design as an independent study project.
  11. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  12. Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  13. Be prepared for certification as a Professional Landscape Designer.
  14. Initiate landscape design through computer-aided programs.

Related non-credit workforce training courses:

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

The Horticulture Landscape Design Certificate is designed to prepare students for certification as Professional Landscape Designers. The certificate is designed to develop those skills in plant identification and culture, landscape mechanical skills, maintenance of landscapes, as well as hand drawing and sketching, computer aided designing portfolio assessments, leading to certification by the American Professional Landscape Designers. This program is affiliated with American Professional Landscape Design Association (ALCA).

The Horticulture Program offers two professional certification programs in horticulture and landscape design. These certifications are specialized to prepare students with immediate training for green-industry careers without the general education requirements of the associate degree.

The Horticulture program is accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and is recognized as a re-certification site by the Association for Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).

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Academic & Transfer

Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer articulation to UCONN's Bachelor's of Horticulture Program.

Career Paths

NVCC's horticulture program is a career-oriented degree program that leads students toward an Associate of Science in horticulture. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared for immediate employment within the green industry or to move on to a four-year institution, if desired.

  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Landscape Designer
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Nursery Grower
  • Plant Propagator

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