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Learn the science and art of growing, caring for and using plants.

Potential Salary$40,000

topics Agricultural Sciences

Skills & InterestWorking with your hands

CareersAgricultural Science

  • A student clipping tree branches
  • A student with clippers picking up branches on the ground
  • A male student working outside

Why choose Horticulture?

Horticulture is an important part of Oregon agriculture. Nurseries and greenhouses had $932 million in sales state-wide in 2014. Forty percent of that was from Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Chemeketa’s horticulture program helps you start or advance your career in horticulture. The greenhouse at Chemeketa's Salem Campus provides you with hands-on training while you earn your Associated of Applied Science degree in horticulture, and you also have the chance to earn credit for real-world work experience. 

What will you learn?

Completing the Horticulture degree will teach you to –

  • Perform skills and use equipment to care and grow plant in nurseries and greenhouses
  • Recognize, name and understand management needs for plants grown in Oregon nurseries and greenhouses
  • Know government regulations for nursery and greenhouse operations, work and pesticide safety, water regulations and crop sanitation
  • Evaluate production in terms of sustainability

See Course Sequences for more information.

What will you do?

The Horticulture degree prepares for a number of different careers in nursery and greenhouse work, including –

  • Manager
  • Crew Leader
  • Inventory controller
  • Irrigation specialist
  • Plant seller
  • Customer service representative

Upcoming Courses

  • Spring Courses

    HOR110 Bees and Other Pollinators (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday, 3:30-5:20 pm CRN: 78398 (Remote)

    Instructor: Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $327


    HOR116 Introducation to Phytotechnology  (4 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30-2:50 pm CRN: 80276 (Remote)

    Lab: Thursday, 3-4:50 pm CRN 80277 (Remote)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $579


    HOR205 Spring Practicum  (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday & Wednesday, 9:30-9:50 am CRN 80746 (Remote)

    Lab: Tuesday, 3:30-4:20 pm and Thursday, 2:30-4:20 pm CRN 80747 (Building 49)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling & Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $287


    HOR221 Nursery Prodcution and Mgt (3 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:50 am CRN 78395 (Remote)

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Cost: $448


    HOR228 Spring Plant Identification (4 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday, 12:30-220 Wednesday 12:30 CRN 80216 (Building 49)

    Lab: Wednesday,  1:30-3:20 pm CRN 78397 (Building 49)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Jolene Schilling

    Cost: $589


    HOR236 Ingegrated Pest Mgt: Weeds  (3 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday/Wednesday, 2:30-3:50 pm CRN 60232 (Remote)

    Lab: Wednesday, 4:00-5:50 pm CRN 60233 (remote)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Cost: $589


    HOR238 Plant Problem Diagnosis (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday, 2:30-4:20 pm CRN 81734 (Remote)

    Instructor: Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $317


    HOR265 IPM: Scouting & Monitoring (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday, 2:30-4:20 pm CRN 82091 (Remote)

    Lab: Wednesday, 2:30-4:20 pm CRN 82092 (remote)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Cost: $262


    HOR276 Organic Gardening (3 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:20 am CRN 79683 (Remote)

    Lab: Thursday, 10:30 am-12:20 am CRN: 79684 (Remote)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructors: Joleen Schilling & Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $448


    SOIL205 Soil Science (4 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday/Wednesday 12:30 am-1:50 pm CRN 80728 (Remote)

    Lab: Wednesday, 2:00-4:50 pm CRN 80729 (Remote)

    Instructor: Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $307