Horticultural Science (Associate of Applied Science)

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: HTSS
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

This program option offers a selection of science and horticultural courses for students wishing to pursue a career or transfer to programs in horticultural sciences and plant biology. This program will serve students interested in the fields of nursery production, greenhouses, landscape construction and contracting, and plant sciences. Consult your advisor or program director for specific course choices related to transfer options.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 101 and
BIO 111 or
BIO 130 and
BIO 131
General Biology [S] and
General Biology Lab or
Principles of Biology I [S] and
Principles of Biology I Lab
4
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts [I] 3
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I [S] and
General Chemistry I Lab
4
EGL 101 College Composition [E] 3
MAT Math Elective [M] (Select from MAT 121, 127, 128 or 201) 4
SOC SCI Social Science Elective [SS] 3
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications [H] or
Public Speaking [H]
3

Program Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 104 and
BIO 114
Botany: Introduction to Horticulture [S] and
Botany: Introduction to Horticulture Lab
4
BUS Elective 1 3
ELECT Choose from BIO, ENV, VCP or PHE electives 5
HCS 152 and
HCS 142
Soils and Fertilizers and
Soils and Fertilizers Lab
4
HCS 153 Landscape Construction and Maintenance 3
HCS 154 Botanical Garden Studies 3
HCS 155 Woody Plants Identification I 2
HCS 156 Herbaceous Plants Identification I 2
HCS 160 Woody Plants Identification II 2
HCS 253 Introduction to Landscape Design 3
HCS 161 Herbaceous Plants Identification II 2
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish I [H] 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Course Number Course Title
Fall I (17 credits)
BIO 101 and
BIO 111 or
BIO 130 and
BIO 131
General Biology and
General Biology Lab or
Principles of Biology and
Principles of Biology Lab
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts
EGL 101 College Composition
MAT Math Elective (Select from MAT 121, 127, 128 or 201)
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications or
Public Speaking
Spring I (15 credits)
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I and
General Chemistry I Lab
HCS 152 and
HCS 142
Soils and Fertilizers and
Soils and Fertilizers Lab
HCS 153 Landscape Construction and Maintenance
HCS 156 Herbaceous Plants Identification I
HCS 155 Woody Plants Identification I
Fall II (15 credits)
BIO 104 and
BIO 114
Botany: Introduction to Horticulture and
Botany: Introduction to Horticulture Lab
BUS Business Elective
ELECT Choose from BIO, ENV, VCP or PHE Electives
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish I
Spring II (13 credits)
HCS 154 Botanical Garden Studies
HCS 160 Woody Plants Identification II
HCS 161 Herbaceous Plants II
HCS 253 Introduction to Landscape Design
SOC SCI Social Science Elective

Note: Based on the results of the skills assessments, students will be allowed to register for college-level or developmental courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the classification, structure, reproduction, and propagation of plants.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural conditions necessary to support plants and distinguish between appropriate plant choices for sun and shade and various landscape uses.
  • Identify plants which are native, non-native, and invasive in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition, fertility, and biology of soil.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the classification of soils, plant nutrients and soil microorganisms.
  • Use tools and technology for evaluating the nutrient content of the soil and identify organic and inorganic supplements for amending soil structure.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of materials, equipment, preparations, and methods of installation used in landscape construction.
  • Use basic skills for estimating and completing a landscape assignment, and identify the financial and legal business concerns involved in a landscaping assignment.

Career Opportunities

Landscape technician, state extension specialist, sales representative, educator, and business owner.


1 Refer to the BUS courses listed under Course Descriptions, or contact an advisor for detailed information.