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Horticulture

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

Why choose program or class?

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)

    CRNs: Lecture 62327 and Lab 62328, must register for both

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:20 am

    Instructors: Joleen Schilling and Erica Chernoh

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 44

    Cost: $235

     

    HOR111 Introduction to Horticulture (3 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 61248 and Lab 61249, must register for both

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2:20 pm

    Instructor: Bryan Sales

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 61, Rm. 102

    Cost: $370

     

    HOR112 Pesticides and Safety (2 credits)

    CRN 55426

    Tuesdays, 11:30 am-1:20 pm

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 106

    Cost: $255

     

    HOR211 Plant Propagation (4 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 57588 and Lab 51959, must register for both

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:50 pm and

    Tuesdays, 2:30-4:20 pm

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Lecture: Bldg. 7, Rm. 107 and Lab: Bldg. 7, Rm. 106

    Cost: $485

     

    HOR225 Greenhouse Production and Management (4 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 60232 and Lab 60233, must register for both

    Mondays, 2:30-3:50 pm and

    Wednesdays, 2:30-5:50 pm

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 107

    Cost: $485

     

    HOR227 Winter Plant Identification (4 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 54182 and Lab 54183, must register for both

    Tuesdays, 9:30-11:20 am and

    Thursdays, 9:30 am-12:20 pm

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 61, Rm. 102

    Cost: $485

     

    SOIL206 Plant Nutrition (2 credits)

    CRN 62307

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:20 pm

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 106

    Cost: $265

    Recommended: Completion HOR111 and SOIL205 with grade of C or better

  • Spring Courses

    HOR110 Bees and Other Pollinators (2 credits)

    CRN 78398

    Tuesdays, 3:30-5:20 pm

    Instructor: Angie Mestas

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 105

    Cost: $275

     

    HOR116 Intro to Phytotechnology (4 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 80276 and Lab 80277, must register for both

    Tuesdays, 1:30-2:50 pm and Thursdays, 1:30-4:50 pm

    Instructor: Angie Mestas

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 104

    Cost: $475

     

    HOR205 Spring Horticulture Practicum (2 credits)

    Must register for lecture and one lab

    CRN 80746, Lecture: Mondays, 9:30-10:20 am

    CRN 80747, Lab 1: Mondays, 10:30-11:20 am and Wednesdays, 8:00-9:50 am

    or

    CRN 81369, Lab 2: Mondays, 10:30-11:20 am and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:50 am

    Instructors: Erica Chernoh and Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 44

    Cost: $235

    Instructor consent required, 503.399.5150

     

    HOR221 Nursery Production and Management (3 credits)

    CRN: 78395

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:50 am

    Instructor: Richard Brownell

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 104

    Cost: $370

     

    HOR228 Spring Plant Identification (4 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 80216 and Lab 78397, must register for both

    Mondays, 12:30-2:20 pm and Wednesdays, 12:30-3:20 pm

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 61, Rm. 102

    Cost: $485

     

    HOR236 Integrated Pest Management: Weeds (3 credits)

    CRN 73437

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:50

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 104

    Cost: $380

     

    HOR276 Organic Gardening (3 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 79683 and Lab 79684, must register for both

    Tuesdays 9:30-10:20 am and Thursdays, 9:30 am-12:20 pm

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 106

    Cost: $370

     

    SOIL205 Soil Science (4 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 80728 and Lab 80729, must register for both

    Mondays, 12:30-4:50 pm and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:50 pm

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 7, Rm. 104

    Cost: $475