College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Horticulture Sciences - AAS

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 70 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 70
  • Biology Regents: 70

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


SUNY Curriculum Code:

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS, or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

AAS and AOS degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 64

Major Courses Required = 33 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
ACCT 115 Financial Accounting 3
CITA 110 Introduction to Computer Processing 3
HORT 100 Orientation to Horticulture Sciences 1
HORT 120 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 125 Landscape Drawing and Graphics 3
HORT 130 Plant Materials I 3
HORT 135 Plant Materials II 3
HORT 140 Drawing and Surveying 3
HORT 160 Soil Science 3
HORT 180 Horticultural Sciences Internship 1
HORT 207 Horticultural Insects and Diseases 3
HORT 212 Horticultural Chemicals 1
HORT 225 Water Management and Conservation 3

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 19 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 210 Botany 4
COMM 100 Public Speaking (GE10)
  OR 3
BUSI 120 Business Communications (GE10)  
ECON 100 or 110 Macroeconomics or Microeconomics 3
ENGL ___ English from GE10 by advisement 3
MATH ___ Mathematics from GE1 by advisement
  General Education Elective 3

Restricted Electives = 12 credit hours by advisement for chosen track2


1 A one-week field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, New York.

2 Restricted Elective Choices by Advisement Track

Horticulture Track Restricted Electives

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
HORT 200
Turf Management 3
HORT 235 Weeds and Weed Control
HORT 240 Horticultural Plant Production 3
  Restricted Elective by Advisement 3

Landscape Design and Management Track Restricted Electives

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
HORT 115
Landscape Construction Principles 3
HORT 220 Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance 3
HORT 260 Planting Design 3
HORT 265 Advanced Landscape Design and Construction 3

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Horticulture Sciences AAS program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the science of plants and soils for managing turf and landscape areas.
  • Calculate, analyze, interpret and present quantitative data relative to managing turf and landscape areas.
  • Solve complex problems by analyzing the key issues involved, acquiring and assessing necessary information, and synthesizing information on all areas of turf grass and landscape management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all inputs and costs to create ergonomically, economically, and environmentally sound management systems in turf and landscapes.
  • Demonstrate the selection, safe use, and preventive maintenance and repair of hand and power tools and equipment common to the installation and/or maintenance of landscapes.
  • Demonstrate the protocol of professionalism in business, in general, and the green industry specifically.