Horticultural Science

Program Description

If you like working with plants and the out of doors, then this certificate provides a deeper appreciation of familiar plants and their relatives as well as information to help grow them successfully in terms of location and growth requirements. In other words, this can make your green thumb greener, and maybe even profitable.

Certificate Programs

Horticultural Science

The Horticultural Science Certificate provides a foundation in the knowledge, skills, and training required for occupations in the horticulture industry or further studies in the plant sciences. Students will identify plants and their cultural requirements, identify landscape uses for plant materials, soil nutrients and amendments, and gain an understanding of the materials, and methods used in landscape construction.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a certificate in horticultural science?

The plant ID courses in this program will make you invaluable to landscapers, nurseries, and nature study programs. As one nursery manager said, "When I send a worker to the field for species or variety X, that’s what I want to see brought in the first time." The landscaping courses will provide the knowledge to help place plants in areas for optimal success—a valuable ability in the industry.

Why a get certificate rather than a degree?

The certificate is designed to be completed in a shorter period of time and will provide the training to go directly into the job market, or simply satisfy the interests of a serious gardener.

What if I want to go further with my education?

A 2-year degree in biology, environmental science, or agriculture will allow you to incorporate some of these courses into a program that will prepare you for transfer to a 4-year school.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.


Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.


Full-time Faculty

Christine Warwick
Science & Technology, Chair
M.S., University of St. Joseph

Meredith Cole Dillenger
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Delaware Valley University
M.Ed., Cabrini University

Adjunct Faculty

Cecil College Horticultural Science adjuncts are credentialed in their profession and have years of professional experience owning businesses and/or working in their fields.

Coronavirus Update

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.