Horticulture, Associate in Applied Science


The Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture centers on both the science and the art of horticulture through a combination of classroom theory with laboratory practice and on-the-job training. Courses in soils, plant diseases, turfgrass management and cooperative horticulture are integral parts of the program. Students receive their training in the College’s greenhouses, outdoor nursery facilities, laboratories and lath house. Students should enjoy working with plants and observing the growth process.

Graduates may specialize in nursery management, interior landscape design and maintenance, greenhouse management, horticulture retail sales, commercial grounds management and urban forestry. Entry-level jobs are available with state and city park departments, nurseries, landscape contracting firms, golf courses and retail sales.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting stlcc.edu/enroll.

Program of Study 

Career General Education
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I
COM 101Oral Communication I3
CHM 109Chemistry and the Environment4
MTH 140Intermediate Algebra3
PSY 200General Psychology3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
Program Requirements
Select 6-7 credit hours of the following:6-7
Applied Accounting
Financial Accounting I
Business Law I
Small Business Management
Introduction to Supervision
Principles of Selling
Horticulture Core
HRT 101Introductory Horticulture4
or BIO 124 General Botany I
HRT 102Soils3
HRT 105Workplace Learning: Horticulture1
HRT 206Ornamental Plants - Trees and Vines3
HRT 207Ornamental Plants - Shrubs and Evergreens3
HRT 230Ornamental Plants - Herbaceous Perennials3
HRT 214Grounds Management3
HRT 227Plant Pest Management4
Select one of the following focus areas:6-9
Turfgrass Management
Landscape Design
Plant Production and Marketing
Landscape Management
General Horticulture
Horticulture Electives6
Annuals and Vegetables
Select 3-6 credit hours from Focus Areas
Total Credit Hours61-65

Focus Areas

Turfgrass Management

HRT 201Turfgrass Management3
HRT 220Landscape Irrigation3
Total Credit Hours6

Landscape Design

HRT 104Landscape Design I3
HRT 217Landscape Design II3
HRT 218Landscape Design III3
Total Credit Hours9

Plant Production and Marketing

HRT 103Plant Propagation3
HRT 205Nursery and Garden Center Practices3
HRT 241Greenhouse Management3
Total Credit Hours9

Landscape Management

HRT 201Turfgrass Management3
HRT 220Landscape Irrigation3
HRT 242Urban Tree Management3
Total Credit Hours9

General Horticulture

Select 9 credit hours from above focus areas9
Total Credit Hours9