Bakersfield College


Agriculture - Plant Science - Horticulture Emphasis Associate of Science Degree

This program provides instruction in the planting, growing, harvesting, and marketing of field, forage, and vegetable crops as well as irrigated and range pasture crops. 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. Career opportunities in Crop Science include farm management, agricultural pest control, fertilizer sales and application, soil laboratory technician, irrigation equipment supply and sales, and agricultural research technician.

The Plant Science AS with a Horticulture emphasis has multiple pathways for BC Gen Ed, CSU and IGETC.

To Transfer Coursework:

A minimum of 28 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Bachelors of Science Degree Names:

Environmental Horticultural Science, Ornamental Horticulture, Horticultural Science, 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 plant science classes for employment that will enhance opportunities and success in the plant science industry in the 21st century.
  • master academic proficiency and demonstrate specific skills within plant science disciplines needed for employment within the industry.
  • master skills needed for baccalaureate level education or obtain a certificate

Career Opportunities:

Environmental Horticulture career earnings will range from $25,000 to $85,000 / yr. - Ag Business Consultant, Arborist, Botanist/Plant Biologist, Christmas tree farmer, Floriculturist / Flower Grower, Floral Designer / Florist, Forester, Greenhouse Grower / Manager, Landscape Designer or Garden Consultant, Sports Turf Superintendent, Tree Technician, Urban Forester, Horticultural Writer.

To Achieve the Associate of Science:

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 Agriculture - Plant Science - Horticulture Associate of Science degree

Total Units: 36

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
AGBS B2 Agricultural Economics 3.0
AGRI B1 Agriculture, Environment and Society 3.0
ORNH B1 Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture 3.0
ORNH B4 Plant Propagation 3.0
ORNH B7 Ornamental Plant Identification-Large Shrubs, Small Trees, Large Trees, and Palms 3.0
ORNH B8 Introduction to Landscape Design 3.0
CRPS B5 Plant Science 3.0
CRPS B3 Integrated Pest Management 3.0
SOIL B1 Introduction to Soil Science 3.0

Select nine units from the following

Course # Name Units
ORNH B2 Fundamentals of Nursery Management and Plant Production 3.0
ORNH B3 Landscape Installation and Maintenance 3.0
RNH B6 Ornamental Plant Identification-Ground Covers, Vines, and Dwarf Shrubs 3.0
ORNH B36 Beginning Floral Design 3.0