Bakersfield College


Environmental Horticulture Associate of Science Degree

The Environmental Horticulture Associate in Science degree is designed for the student desiring to enter the workforce after earning a two-year degree. Environmental Horticulture focuses on the science and art concerned with landscape design and installation, floral arts, urban forestry, the urban environment, culture, marketing, and utilization of high value, intensively cultivated flowers, fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and trees.

Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Environmental Horticulture Associate in Science.

Bachelors of Science Degree Names:

Environmental Horticultural Science, Horticultural Science, Ornamental Horticulture, Landscaping and Groundskeeping, Turf and Turfgrass Management, Viticulture and Enology, Plant Nursery Operations and Management, Greenhouse Operations and Management, Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate managerial and leadership abilities in environmental horticulture classes for employment that will enhance opportunities and success in the horticulture industry in the 21st century.
  • master academic proficiency and demonstrate specific skills within environmental horticulture disciplines needed for employment.
  • master skills needed for baccalaureate level education or obtain a certificate.

Career Opportunities:

Arborist, Floral Designer or Florist, Greenhouse Grower, Irrigation Specialist, Landscape Architect, Landscape Contractor, Pest Control Advisor, Plant Breeder, Sports Turf Superintendent, Urban Forester and more.

To Achieve the Associate of Science Degree

Upon completion of graduation requirements and the required degree courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Environmental Horticulutre Associate of Science Degree.

Total Units: 33

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
ORNH B1 Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture 3.0
ORNH B2 Fundamentals of Nursery Management and Plant Production 3.0
ORNH B3 Landscape Installation and Maintenance 3.0
ORNH B4 Plant Propagation 3.0
ORNH B6 Ornamental Plant Identification: Ground Covers, Vines, and Dwarf Shrubs 3.0
ORNH B7 Ornamental Plant Identification: Large Shrubs, Small Trees, Large Trees & Palms 3.0
ORNH B8 Introduction to Landscape Design 3.0
ORNH B36 Beginning Floral Design 3.0
CRPS B5 Plant Science 3.0
CRPS B3 Integrated Pest Management 3.0
SOIL B1 Introduction to Soil Science 3.0