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Plant Science - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

Plant science programs at HCC.
From landscaping to forestry to fruit and vegetable production, horticulture is ripe with career possibilities.

The study of horticulture covers a broad spectrum of topics in the field of plant science, including plant classification, soils, plant growth and development, propagation, insects and diseases, and plant protection.

Plants play a vital role in human society and ecosystems. Knowledge of plants is therefore essential as we strive to achieve a more sustainable future that balances environmental stewardship with the needs of a growing population. 

This is a diverse program that covers a range of topics, including the basic biology of plants, the importance of plants to people, plant classification, ecology and evolution, insects and disease, horticulture, crop protection, soils, and landscape design.

The field offers a broad range of challenging and rewarding professional careers in industry, education, government, environmental concerns, and research. HCC's associate degree program is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree program in Horticulture or Natural Resource Science.

As a graduate, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of plant structure, classification, ecology, growth, development, and protection.
  2. Describe techniques required for proper residential and commercial landscape design and contracting.
  3. Identify, understand, evaluate, and apply ethical reasoning to problems, dilemmas, and issues.

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