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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
Certificate of Specialization (CS)
The largest – in fact only – program of its kind in the St. Louis region.
11 acres of outdoor labs for hands-on training.
Day and evening classes to accommodate working students and busy professionals.
- The STLCC Advantage
State-of-the-art facilities: The 78-acre Meramec campus features numerous gardens and plant collections which serve as unique outdoor living laboratories. Program facilities also include green houses, outdoor nurseries, and a poly house.
You’ll train in the science and art of horticulture through a combination of classroom theory, laboratory practice and hands-on learning:
- plant identification
- plant propagation
- landscape design
- pest and disease management
- soil science
- plant physiology
- turf management
- horticulture ecology
- sustainable landscape design and management
Green: STLCC enjoys a close working relationship with the region’s top green industry businesses, as well as the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and numerous municipalities. Through guest lectures and field trips students gain firsthand experience, are exposed to leading-edge thinking, and develop a strong foundation in areas such as:
- Organic growing and management methods
- Design trends
Stackable: If you’ve earned a certificate of proficiency in Horticulture, those credits can apply towards your AAS degree.
More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.
To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to questions. Click Here
- Career Opportunities
- Urban Forester
- Landscape Designer
- Lanscape Manager
- Plant Biologist
- Sports Field Specialist
- Viticulturist (wine making)
- Research Horticulturist
- Irrigation Specialist
- Sales Representative
- Botanical Gardens
- Landscape Contractors
- Golf Courses
- Architectural Firms
- Parks Departments
- Research Firms
- Conservation Department
Companies that have hired STLCC grads:
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Wallflower Design
- SFP Landscaping
- Basile Landscaping & Lawncare
- The Butterfly House
- Forest Park Forever
- Wildhorse Botanicals, Inc.
- Greenbriar Hills Country Club
- Greenscape Gardens & Gifts
- Sherwood’s Forest Nursery & Garden Center
- Bowood Farms
- Garden Heights Nursery
- Allen Tree Service
- Kirkwood Material Supply Gardens
- Summer Winds Nursery
- Quiet Village Landscaping Co.
- Shaw Nature Reserve
- SWT Design
- Jost Greenhouses
- Fahr Greenhouses
- Schmittel’s Nursery
- Julie’s Garden Design
- Forrest-Keeling Nursery
- Forest Hills Country Club
- Frisella Nursery
- From The Ground Up
- Hartke Nursery
- Home Nursery
- Linzee Gardening, Inc.
- Skinner Enterprises
- Missouri Department of Conservation
- City of St. Peters
- City of Clayton
- City of Manchester
- Kirkwood Parks & Recreation
- City of Webster Groves
- Nature’s Re-Creations
- St. Louis Parks & Recreation
- Webster University
- Sundown Landscaping
Bob Glover – Head Grower, Ritter Greenhouses
- Bellerive Country Club
- T & T Gardens
- St. Louis Community College
- Tomasovic’s Greenhouses
- City of St. Louis
- New Growth Landscaping
- Des Peres Parks & Recreation
- Big Trees
- Hummert International
- Chalily Pond & Gardens
- Hannah’s Gardens & Landscapes
- Westborough Country Club
- Mark Anthony Group
- Groundbreaking Design
- New Leaf Symbiotics
- Danforth Plant Science Center
- Garden Oasis
- Brown Bear Landscaping & Maintenance
- Maryville University
“We currently employ two students from STLCC’s Horticulture program and both are stellar in terms of passion and talent. The original plan was to hire them for seasonal work, but we soon found that we could not let them go — they are now a part of Ritter’s future.”
STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here
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- Estimated Expenses and Financial Aid
STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than for-profit institutions.
- St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
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- Students and Faculty
- Program Curriculum
Horticulture (AAS, CP, CS)
Associate in Applied Science Degree Program total 66-67 credits I. Career General Education 19 credits ENG:100 Career English (or) ENG:101 College Composition I 3 COM:101 Oral Communication I 3 CHM:109 Chemistry for Environmental Careers I 4 MTH:140 Intermediate Algebra 3 PSY:200 General Psychology 3 XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3 II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits III. Area of Concentration 39-40 credits Select 6-7 credits from: ACC:100 Applied Accounting (or) ACC:110 Financial Accounting 3-4 BLW:101 Business Law I 3 BUS:101 Small Business Management 3 MGT:101 Introduction to Supervision 3 MKT:104 Principles of Selling 3 Horticulture Core 24 credits HRT:101 Introductory Horticulture (or) BIO:124 General Botany I 4 HRT:102 Soils 3 HRT:105 Cooperative Horticulture I 1 HRT:206 Ornamental Plants – Trees and Vines 3 HRT:207 Ornamental Plants – Shrubs and Evergreens 3 HRT:230 Ornamental Plants – Herbaceous Perennials 3 HRT:214 Grounds Management 3 HRT:227 Plant Pest Management 4 Horticulture Options 9 credits Select one option: Turfgrass Management HRT:201 Turfgrass Management 3 HRT:240 Golf Course Management 3 HRT:220 Landscape Irrigation 3 (or) Landscape Design HRT:104 Landscape Design I 3 HRT:217 Landscape Design II 3 HRT:218 Landscape Design III 3 (or) Plant Production and Marketing HRT:103 Plant Propagation 3 HRT:205 Nursery and Garden Center Practices 3 HRT:241 Greenhouse Management 3 (or) Landscape Management HRT:201 Turfgrass Management 3 HRT:220 Landscape Irrigation 3 HRT:242 Urban Tree Management 3 (or) General Horticulture Choose 9 credits for Options 1-4 9 IV. Horticulture Electives 6 credits HRT:245 Special Applications in Landscape Design 3 HRT:235 Annuals and Ornamental Grasses 3 Credits from options 3-6 CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY Horticulture Core 24 credits HRT:101 Introductory Horticulture (or) BIO:124 General Botany I 4 HRT:102 Soils 3 HRT:105 Cooperative Horticulture 1 HRT:206 Ornamental Plants – Trees and Vines 3 HRT:207 Ornamental Plants – Shrubs and Evergreens 3 HRT:230 Ornamental Plants – Herbaceous Perennials 3 HRT:214 Grounds Management 3 HRT:227 Plant Pest Management 4 Horticulture Options 9 credits Select one option: Turfgrass Management HRT:201 Turfgrass Management 3 HRT:240 Golf Course Management 3 HRT:220 Landscape Irrigation 3 (or) Landscape Design 3 HRT:104 Landscape Design I 3 HRT:217 Landscape Design II 3 HRT:218 Landscape Design III 3 (or) Plant Production and Marketing HRT:103 Plant Propagation 3 HRT:205 Nursery and Garden Center Practices 3 HRT:241 Greenhouse Management 3 (or) Landscape Management HRT:201 Turfgrass Management 3 HRT:220 Landscape Irrigation 3 HRT:242 Urban Tree Management 3 (or) General Horticulture Choose 9 credits from Options 1-4 9 Horticulture Electives 6 Credits Select 6 credits from HRT:245 Special Applications in Landscape Design 3 HRT:235 Annuals and Ornamental Grasses 3 Credits from options 3-6 Program total 39 Credits CERTIFICATE OF SPECIALIZATION Courses Credits BIO:124 General Botany I (or) HRT:101 Introductory Horticulture 4 HRT:125 Plant Identification: Trees 1 HRT:126 Plant Identification: Shrubs and Vines 1 HRT:127 Soil Management 1 HRT:128 Turfgrass Culture 1 HRT:129 Propagation Principles and Practices 1 HRT:130 Principles of Landscape Design 1 HRT:132 Plant Pest Identification and Management 1 HRT:133 Landscape Management 1 Program total 12 credits
We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here
- Additional Information
STLCC’s Horticulture Advisory Committee brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year renewable terms, and STLCC’S faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.
Additional Resources:The Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis promotes quality horticultural practices and materials by providing educational experiences for the green industry professional and the general community in the St. Louis region.
The Missouri Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country and a National Historic Landmark. The garden includes 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display and is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis.
Gateway Greening is a nonprofit organization dedicated to community development through community gardening.
The Landscape and Nurserymen’s Association of Greater St. Louis is a trade organization with members representing the professions of nursery and greenhouse production, retail garden center management, landscape design, landscape construction and management, arboriculture, horticultural product manufacturing, sales and distribution, and other related horticultural businesses and organizations.
The University of Missouri Extension is a partnership of the University of Missouri campuses, Lincoln University, the people of Missouri through county extension councils, and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is the state agency that protects and manages the fish, forest and wildlife resources of the state; serves the public and facilitates their participation in resource management activities, and provides opportunities for all citizens to use, enjoy and learn about fish, forests and wildlife resources.
The International Society of Arboriculture is a worldwide professional organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for trees and to promoting research, technology and the professional practice of arboriculture.
The International Plant Propagator’s Society promotes seeking and sharing of information about the art and science of plant propagation.
The Horticulture program is offered at our Meramec campus. In addition students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.