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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

  • Winter Courses

    HOR204 Winter Horticulture Practicum (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-9:50 am CRN 62327 (Remote)

    Lab: Monday and Wednesday, 10 am-11:20 am CRN: 62328 (Building 46)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructors: Joleen Schilling & Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $287


    HOR112 Pesticides and Safety (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday, 11:30 am-1:20 pm CRN: 55426 (Remote)

    Instructor: Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $307


    HOR125 Biological Control Agents  (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday, 2:30-3:20 pm CRN 63789 (Remote)

    Lab: Tuesday, 3:30-4:20 pm and Thursday, 2:30-4:20 pm CRN 60233 (Remote)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Cost: $262


    HOR211 Plant Propagation  (4 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday and Wednesday, 12:30-1:50 pm CRN: 57588 (Remote)

    Lab: Tuesday, 2:30-4:20 pm CRN 51959 (Building 46)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Cost: $589


    HOR215 Developing an IPM Program (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Monday, 3:30-4:20 am CRN 63932 (Remote)

    Lab: Monday, 4:30-5:20 pm, Wednesday, 3:30-5:20 pm CRN: 63933 (Remote)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Kaley Hensel

    Cost: $262


    HOR227 Winter Plant Identification (4 Credits)

    Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-11:20 am CRN 54182 (Remote)

    Lab: Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm CRN 54183 (Building 46)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Jolene Schilling

    Cost: $589


    HOR225 Greenhouse Production and Management  (4 Credits)

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

    Lab: Wednesday, 4:00-5:50 pm CRN 60233 (Building 46)

    Must register for both lecture/lab

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Cost: $589


    SOIL206 Plant Nutrition (2 Credits)

    Lecture: Thursday, 11:30 am-1:20 pm CRN 62307 (Remote)

    Instructor: Angela Mestas

    Cost: $307