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Environmental Horticulture, AAS

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Program Mission: The Environmental Horticulture AAS degree provides students with knowledge and skills needed for jobs with nurseries, greenhouses, landscape firms, garden centers, and park departments.

Students learn plant identification, plant propagation, sustainable landscape practices, soil science, practical pruning and botanical concepts. Through time spent in practical hands-on training, students will learn to propagate, seed, transplant, design landscape plans, and maintain a variety of plants. Students will participate in an industry-based training experience.

The classroom setting includes individual and small group instruction with a hands-on focus in horticultural practices. The program emphasizes a sustainable approach to horticultural principles. A diverse population of students enjoys working in a 1200 sq. ft. state-of-the-art growing facility.

Environmental Horticulture AAS degree graduates will:

  • be prepared to obtain various positions in the field of horticulture
  • be prepared for Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Professional Horticulturists exams
  • demonstrate professional knowledge of horticultural skills
  • demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
  • meet Humanities , Quantitative Reasoning , Social Science , and Written Communication  general education distribution area outcomes

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Requirements

Annual Course Sequence

The classes listed below are offered on a four quarter rotation and are not sequential; a student may start any quarter and should take the HORT classes in blocks as listed below.

General Electives - 1-5 Credits

Up to 5 additional credits of college-level courses as defined by the technical institute or as accepted as fully transferable as defined by the state system; courses should be selected with a faculty adviser.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

Total Program Credits: 90-94

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