Horticulture Certificate Program

The Horticulture program is soundly based on horticultural technology and prepares students for careers related to production and care of plants, trees, and shrubs commonly used in landscape design, retail and wholesale nurseries, and park departments. The certificate offered within the Horticulture program is outlined below.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Grow and maintain ornamental plant materials.
  • Identify local plant materials, including herbacious and trees, shrubs, and California natives.
  • Identify plants contributing to local ecologies and habitats.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Core Courses:

Course ID Title Units
HORT 10 Plant Materials – Herbaceous Plants 3
HORT 11 Plant Materials – Trees and Shrubs 3
HORT 20 Introduction to Horticulture Science 4
HORT 112 Plant Propagation 3
HORT 113 Soils and Fertilizers 3
HORT 120 Integrated Pest Management 4
Select one course from each Group 4-6
Total 24-26

Group I:

Course ID Title Units
HORT 7 Introduction to Landscape Design 3
HORT 115 History of Landscape Design 3

Group II:

Course ID Title Units
CWE 180*† Cooperative Work Experience: Horticulture 1
HORT 116 Irrigation Systems 3
HORT 166 Ornamental Native Plants 1.5
HORT 216* Advanced Irrigation Design 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
†CWE 180* should be taken after completing at least 9 units of the Horticulture Certificate.

Associate Degree

Associate in Science Degree
Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: BUS 1, 120, 137; CIM 1; HORT 208, 209; SPAN 1.