Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design (AS) Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 29.0

Term Effective: Fall 2015

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design - effective Fall 2011
Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design - effective Spring 2011
Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design - effective Fall 2010
Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design - effective Spring 2007
Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design - effective Fall 2005
Horticulture: Garden Design - effective Fall 2004


The Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design major prepares students for occupations within the landscape industry that require garden design skills. The program emphasizes hands-on learning, and most courses incorporate lab activities that apply knowledge and skills in realistic settings.

This program of study is also available as a career certificate option. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply proper landscape principles to an appropriate site;
  2. apply color media to the graphic presentation of a landscape plan; and
  3. prepare perspective drawings of a design.

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design program are:

  • Complete 29.0 units from
    • Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design Requirements - complete 28.00 units
HORT 8 Plant Materials: Summer/Fall3.00
HORT 12 Plant Materials: Winter/Spring3.00
HORT 50.1 Introduction to Horticultural Science1.50
HORT 50.2 Horticulture Industry and Careers1.50
HORT 65 Horticulture Workplace Practices1.50
HORT 93 Landscape Drafting and Design3.00
HORT 94 Landscape Design Applications3.00
HORT 171 Integrated Pest Management in the Horticulture Industry1.50
Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
HORT 195A and HORT 195B and HORT 195C
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
AGRI 98 Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
AGRI 99I Agriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 2 Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
AGBUS 56 Introduction to Agriculture Business and Management3.00
AGBUS 61 Agricultural Marketing3.00
AGBUS 62 Agricultural Sales and Communication3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
APTECH 46 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
HORT 80 Landscape Practices3.00
HORT 91 Landscape Construction/Estimation3.00
HORT 92.1 Landscape Irrigation3.00
HORT 110 Unique Trees for Northern California1.50
HORT 112 Perennials for Sonoma County1.50
HORT 115 Ornamental Grasses1.00
HORT 115.1 Designing with Ornamental Grasses1.00
HORT 119 Landscaping with California Native Plants1.50
HORT 180 Water Conserving Landscapes1.00
HORT 181 Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training1.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30 Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students with extensive horticulturally related workplace experience should consult with the instructor prior to enrolling in HORT 65.

Only one unit of AGRI 98 Independent Study or AGRI 99I Work Experience/Internship is required, but students may elect to take additional units.

The following courses are anticipated to be added as elective options: HORT 127 and HORT 133.

HORT 195 is a replacement for HORT 195A, 195B, & 195C.

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