Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Two Horticulture students review course materials together while leaning on a grated metal shelf in the FLCC greenhouse.

Cultivate your knowledge of landscaping, plant biology, and agriculture with a degree in Horticulture. Our program's dual focus on environmental science and hands-on practice will help you combine your love of nature with a future career.

The Outlook

Our Horticulture degree program at FLCC will prepare you for a profession in the multifaceted practice of garden cultivation and management. This science and environment-based degree provides you the background you'll need to help you seek immediate employment after graduation. And, it also awards you with a solid foundation that is designed for advanced learning. This program boasts a consistent high job placement rate, and it prepares students for transfer to many four-year colleges. Earning your degree in Horticulture from FLCC will distinguish you as a professional in the field.

The Program

Earning your degree in Horticulture provides you a strong base in the science of plant growth, equipping you with the knowledge that will prepare you for employment opportunities in the horticulture field. In our degree program, you'll experience courses in a variety of areas that range from introduction to horticulture to environmental science, and from plant materials to plant structure and function. Whatever your career goals are, your degree will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the many specialty areas that are in this field such as nursery management, landscape design and installation, plant research, gardening, tree care, or environmental restoration.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the A.A.S. Horticulture program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the impacts that horticultural practices have on the environment. 
  • Identify (landscape) plants while integrating site analysis.  
  • Develop and apply professional techniques (e.g. soils, pruning, planting, maintenance, IPM, technical writing). 
  • In a field setting, associate plant structure and function with plant health.

The Experience

As a Horticulture student, you'll experience a hands-on learning approach. Whether you are gaining skills in landscape maintenance or touring regional gardens and greenhouses, your program experience will equip you with valuable learning experiences. Learn more about the hands-on education you'll receive in your program experience.

The Graduates

Earning your degree in Horticulture will prepare you to become a professional horticulturist, which can lead you to opportunities for management positions, year-round employment, and business ownership. Graduates of our program have found employment at Sonnenberg Gardens, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, the George Eastman Museum, Mohonk Mountain House, and with many area professional landscape businesses.

The Scholarships

As a Horticulture student, you can apply for specific program scholarships such as: the S & S Memorial Scholarship, Robert L. (Rodge) Case Award, FLCC Horticulture Faculty Award, Ontario County Master Gardeners Scholarship, the Cassella Scholarship, and the Alice C. Southgate Home Bureau Scholarship. For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

Our Horticulture degree and certificate programs are led by a dedicated faculty that brings real-world experience to the classroom. These programs are coordinated by Berna Ticonchuk. Berna is a Technical Specialist who has many connections to the region's horticulture community. She teaches introduction to horticulture, tree maintenance, plant propagation and certified applicator training. Berna works closely with the primary instructor in the horticulture program, Dr. Shawn Kenaley, who teaches introduction to horticulture, plant materials, applied plant pathology and soil science at FLCC. Learn more about the Horticulture faculty.

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As a Horticulture student, you'll gain skills in areas such as landscape design and greenhouse operations.

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Mikaela Correia

"My major has really helped me understand all the different options there are for those interested in plants, from nursery management to landscape design to plant science. It has also helped me understand more about our environment and the importance of taking care of our land."