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Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 28
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Term Effective: Fall 2016


The Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Certificate of Achievement program prepares students to advance to management positions in nurseries that propagate, grow and market plants for use in the home, business or the landscape. The program provides a solid foundation in plant knowledge and nursery and garden center environments, as well as computer applications and management skills. These skills and knowledge equip students to embark on a successful and rewarding career in the nursery industry. The program emphasizes hands-on learning and most courses incorporate lab activities that apply knowledge and skills in realistic settings.

The Horticulture industry, which involves the growing, selling, planting and servicing of plants and landscapes for human environments, is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The landscape industry in California is one of the state's largest industries. University studies have consistently found this dynamic, growing sector represents over $12 billion in sales and 130,000 employees. In addition, designed and maintained landscapes cover more than 1.6 million acres in California. The landscape and nursery industry in Sonoma County has expanded dramatically in the last decade. Retail nurseries and full-service garden centers have seen substantial increases in sales from previous years, and new wholesale and retail nursery businesses are flourishing.

This industry-wide expansion has been accompanied by an increase in the demand for employees with the skills to operate, supervise and manage nursery operations. Men and women who possess nursery management skills find employment in full service garden centers, wholesale nurseries, and other entrepreneurial enterprises. Representative job positions include propagator, grower, inventory controller, field foreperson, field superintendent, general manager, sales manager, nursery or greenhouse manager, plant doctor, marketing director, shift supervisor and shipping foreperson. Students completing the Nursery Certificate of Achievement are well prepared for rapid advancement within their chosen occupation.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Demonstrate proper plant propagation techniques;
  2. define proper greenhouse environment required for propagation;
  3. compare and contrast container vs field production systems,
  4. apply appropriate behavior and workplace policies; and
  5. organize an effective product display.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management Certificate program are:

  • Complete 28 units from
    • Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Requirements

Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Requirements - complete 28.00 units
HORT 8Plant Materials: Summer/Fall3.00
HORT 12Plant Materials: Winter/Spring3.00
HORT 50.1Introduction to Horticultural Science1.50
HORT 50.2Horticulture Industry and Careers1.50
HORT 65Horticulture Workplace Practices1.50
HORT 70Plant Propagation3.00
HORT 71Nursery Production3.00
HORT 72Greenhouse Production3.00
HORT 171Integrated Pest Management in the Horticulture Industry1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
AGRI 98Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
AGRI 99IAgriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 2Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
AGBUS 56Introduction to Agriculture Business and Management3.00
AGBUS 61Agricultural Marketing3.00
AGBUS 62Agricultural Sales and Communication3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
HORT 66Garden Center Operations1.50
HORT 93Landscape Drafting and Design3.00
HORT 110Trees for Northern California1.50
HORT 112Perennials for Sonoma County1.50
HORT 115.1Designing with Ornamental Grasses1.00
HORT 119Landscaping with California Native Plants1.50
HORT 127Edible Landscapes: Design and Maintenance1.50
HORT 133Current Topics in Horticulture1.00
HORT 180Water Conserving Landscapes1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2016

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 2018

Previous Versions:

Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management - effective Fall 2015
Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management - effective Spring 2007
Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management - effective Fall 2005
Horticulture: Nursery Management - effective Fall 1981

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 horticulture 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.

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