Horticulture (Diploma)

Program Description: The Environmental Horticulture program offers a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities in the green industry including landscape design and installation, grounds management, lawn care, nursery and greenhouse operations, pest management, and irrigation. The curriculum provides dynamic hands-on training which introduces, develops, and reinforces academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The Environmental Horticulture program is an excellent pathway to train for a new career or to enhance knowledge and skills for professional advancement. Horticulture represents a segment of agriculture, Georgia's largest industry.

Program Details

  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Major Code: EH12
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 4 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 44

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Pruners, personal protection equipment (work boots, safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves) $125

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

*Completion time: 4 terms (*Schedule assumes full-time enrollment beginning fall term including summer term in order to complete within a two-year time period. This schedule also assumes no learning support courses.)

Program Courses Credits
First Term
Choose One: (Required)
COLL 1500—College Success and Career Exploration OR 3
COMP 1000—Introduction to Computers
ENGL 1010—Fundamentals of English I 3
HORT 1000—Horticulture Science 3
HORT 1010—Woody Ornamental Plant Identification 3
Second Term
MATH 1012—Foundations of Mathematics 3
HORT 1020—Herbaceous Plant Identification 3
HORT 1080—Pest Management 3
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective 3-4
Third Term
EMPL 1000—Interpersonal Relations and Prof. Development OR 2
PSYC 1010—Basic Psychology OR (3)
PSYC 1101—Introductory Psychology (3)
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective 3-4
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective 3-4
Fourth Term
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective 3-4
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective 3-4
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective 3-4
HORT 1150—Environmental Horticulture Internship OR
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective 3
Must complete minimum of 21 elective credit hours
Horticulture Guided Electives Courses
HORT 1030— Greenhouse Management 4
HORT 1041—Landscape Construction 4
HORT 1050—Nursery Production and Management 4
HORT 1060—Landscape Design 4
HORT 1070 - Landscape Installation 4
HORT 1100 - Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture 3
HORT 1110 - Small Scale Food Production 4
HORT 1120—Landscape Management 4
HORT 1140—Horticulture Business Management 3
HORT 1150—Environmental Horticulture Internship 3
HORT 1160—Landscape Contracting 3
HORT 1250—Plant Production and Propagation 4
HORT 1310—Irrigation and Water Management 4
HORT 1330—Turf Grass Management 4
HORT 1410 – Soils 3
HORT 1500—Small Gas Engine Repair and Maintenance 4
HORT 1680—Woody Plant Identification II 3
HORT 1720—Introductory Floral Design 4
HORT 1800—Urban Landscape Issues 3
HORT 2500—Specialty Landscape Construction 4
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective(s) 3
HORT XXXX—Horticulture elective(s) 4
XXXX XXXX—Advisor Approved Elective

(Maximum of one (1) non-HORT course)



Green Industry Employment Opportunities

The Green Industry offers a wide range of career paths related to growing, retailing, installing, and managing live plant materials. The Environmental Horticulture Program at Southern Crescent Technical College offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Horticulture and a Horticulture Diploma that will prepare students for various careers in the field. Students will gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for entrance, retention or advancement into careers such as:

• Turf & Landscape Manager

• Groundskeeper

• Landscape Installer

• Irrigation Technician

• Greenhouse Worker

• Field Nursery Technician

• Pesticide Applicator

• Nursery and Retail Sales Associate

• Landscape Designer

• And many more

Horticulture careers generally involve strenuous activity and working outdoors during all seasons of the year. Individuals should have the following qualities to succeed in this career path:

• A passion for plants and the outdoors

• Enjoy hard work

• Eager to learn

• Attentive to detail

• Tolerant of temperature extremes in winter and summer

• Positive attitude

• A Team player

• Self-motivated

• Safety Minded

Examples of current employment opportunities and job descriptions can be found at these professional organization websites:

Georgia Urban Ag Council (UAC)
Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA)
Southern Nursery Association (SNA)
National Association of Landcare Professionals (NALP)
Program Advisor
Brian Morris
Griffin Campus

Career and Academic Planning
CAP Center
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus