• Horticulture

    Associate of Applied Science Degree

    In keeping with the college mission, the Horticulture Department provides quality education and training for industry and community members. Course offerings in greenhouse, landscape, environmental education, and nursery management integrate technical knowledge, critical thinking, practical skills, and environmental stewardship.

    Horticulture is a hands-on, broad-based curriculum where students participate in a laboratory-style practicum class which develops a full season’s experience in growing and caring for plants. Students are involved in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of CCC’s extensive greenhouse and landscape facilities, while training with tools of the trade: mowers, rototillers, tractors, pesticide applicators, greenhouse equipment and pruning tools. Students cultivate CCC’s award-winning, All-American Selections Garden and landscape areas on the campus.

    CCC’s Horticulture and Landscape programs are the only programs accredited in Oregon by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). This accreditation provides students with enhanced opportunities to follow national PLANET landscaping standards.

    Students may begin this program any term. Degree options include a one-year certificate program or a two-year associate’s degree program. Following the course offerings in the order listed is encouraged unless otherwise advised by the horticulture advisor. The certificate and associate’s degree programs include a cooperative work experience class which requires working with a horticultural employer.

    Program Outcomes

    Program outcomes includes the skills necessary for entrylevel employment into tree, shrub, or perennial plant nurseries, greenhouse work, plant propagation, landscape design, landscape installation and maintenance, maintenance of interior plants, landscape supply and equipment sales.

    Students are eligible to sit for the Oregon Certified Nursery Professional Exam. Students completing the Horticulture Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher, are eligible to take the Oregon Landscape Contractors License Exam.


    Career opportunities include nursery and garden center manager and associate, nursery production, greenhouse grower, organic food production, supply and equipment sales, landscape design, installation and maintenance worker, parks department personnel and groundskeeper.

    For information contact Renee Harber, Horticulture advisor, 503-594-3294 or rharber@clackamas.edu  

    Oregon State University Transfer Agreement

    Some horticulture classes transfer to Oregon State University as part of a bachelor’s degree. Horticulture students planning to continue their studies at a four-year college should consult the Horticulture advisor to obtain the most recent transfer information.

    Horticulture - Year 1

    • Complete the following requirements:

    • CS-091 Computers for New Users II 
      HOR-111 Horticulture Practicum/Fall 
      • TAKE HOR-122 OR HOR-224.
      HOR-122 Greenhouse Crops-Potted Plants 
      HOR-224 Landscape Installation 
      HOR-226 Plant Identification/Fall 
      • TAKE MTH-050 OR MTH-065.
      MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I 
      MTH-065 Algebra II 
    • Complete the following requirements:

      • TAKE HOR-130 OR HOR-131.
      HOR-130 Plant Propagation Theory 
      HOR-131 Tree & Shrub Pruning/Winter 
      HOR-132 Pesticide Selection & Use 
      HOR-133 Horticulture Practicum/Winter 
      HOR-222 Horticultural Computer Applications 
      HOR-227 Plant Identification/Winter 
    • Complete the following requirements:

    • HOR-140 Soils & Fertilizers 
      • TAKE HOR-142 OR HOR-145.
      HOR-142 Greenhouse Crops-Bedding Plants 
      HOR-145 Turf Installation and Maintenance 
      HOR-143 Horticulture Practicum/Spring 
      HOR-228 Plant Identification/Spring 
    • Complete the following requirement:

      • TAKE 6 CREDITS OF HOR-281 HOR-280 OR HOR-282.
      HOR-281 Horticulture/CWE 
      HOR-280 Horticulture/CWE 
      HOR-282 Horticulture/CWE 

    Horticulture - Year 2

    • Complete the following requirements:

    • SPN-101 First-Year Spanish
      • TAKE WR-101 OR WR-121.
      WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing 
      WR-121 English Composition 
    • Complete the following requirements:

    • BA-250 Small Business Management 
      HOR-230 Equipment Operation and Maintenance 
    • Complete the following requirements:

      • TAKE BA-285 OR COMM-100.
      BA-285 Human Relations in Business 
      COMM-100 Basic Speech Communication 
      HE-252 First Aid/CPR 

    Horticulture Program Electives

    • Take 18 credits of Horticulture Program Electives.

      HOR-114 Garden Design 
      HOR-122 Greenhouse Crops-Potted Plants 
      HOR-123 Landscape Maintenance 
      HOR-124 Food Harvest 
      HOR-125 Food Production in the Willamette Valley 
      HOR-130 Plant Propagation Theory 
      HOR-131 Tree & Shrub Pruning/Winter 
      HOR-134 Herb Growing & Gardening 
      HOR-135 Propagation of Edible Plants 
      HOR-142 Greenhouse Crops-Bedding Plants 
      HOR-144 Basic Pruning 
      HOR-145 Turf Installation and Maintenance 
      HOR-146 Fruit and Berry Growing
      HOR-147 Marketing Water Efficient Landscaping 
      HOR-148 Farm Equipment 
      HOR-211 Native Plant Identification 
      HOR-212 Flower Arranger's Garden/Fall 
      HOR-213 Computer-Aided Landscape Design 
      HOR-215 Herbaceous Perennials 
      HOR-216 Integrated Pest Management 
      HOR-220 Plant Propagation/Fall 
      HOR-224 Landscape Installation 
      HOR-225 Principles of Arboriculture 
      HOR-229 Basic Landscape Design 
      HOR-231 Irrigation & Drainage Design 
      HOR-232 Commercial Floral Design 
      HOR-234 Intermediate Landscape Design 
      HOR-235 Weed Identification 
      HOR-236 Insect Identification 
      HOR-237 Disease Identification 
      HOR-239 Tree Climber Training 
      HOR-240 Irrigation and Drainage Practices 
      HOR-241 Nursery Management 
      HOR-242 Plant Propagation/Spring 
      HOR-244 Environmental Landscape Design 
      HOR-246 Organic Farming and Gardening
      HOR-247 Hardscape Installation 
      HOR-248 Flower Arranger's Garden/Spring 
      HOR-250 Western Herbs
      HOR-251 Herbal Products 
      HOR-252 Kitchen Herbs 
      HOR-280 Horticulture/CWE 
      HOR-281 Horticulture/CWE 
      HOR-282 Horticulture/CWE 
  • Contact our Horticulture Department

    Oregon City - 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

    Email us: lorettam@clackamas.edu

    Call us: 503-594-3292

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