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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

  • Summer Courses

    HOR277 Composting (2 credits)

    CRN 17855

    Wednesdays, 1:00-3:50 pm

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

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

    Cost: $305

     

    HOR286 Organic Gardening Summer Practices (2 credits)

    CRNs: Lecture 17969 and Lab 17970, must register for both

    Tuesdays 9:30-11:50 am and Thursdays, 9:30 am-12:20 pm

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 6, Rm. 216

    Cost: $275

  • Fall Courses

    HOR111 Introduction to Horticulture (3 Credits)

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-11:20 am

    CRN: 36505 (Lecture) & 31819 (Lab) – Must register for both

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

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

    Cost: $430

     

    HOR203 Fall Horticulture Practicum (2 Credits)

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30-11:20 pm

    CRN: 41396 (Lecture) & 41397 (Lab) – Must register for both

    Instructors: Joleen Schilling & Erica Chernoh

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg. 44

    Cost: $275

     

    HOR226 Fall Plant Identification (4 Credits)

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

    CRN: 33938 (Lecture) & 41042 (Lab) – Must register for both

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

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

    Cost: $565

     

    HOR237 Integrated Pest Management: Insects & Diseases (4 Credits)

    Tuesdays, 9:30 am-12:20 pm & Thursdays, 9:30-11:20 am

    CRN: 36539 (Lecture) & 36540 (Lab) – Must register for both

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

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

    Cost: $565

     

    HOR251 Growing Fruit in the Willamette Valley (3 Credits)

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-2:20 pm

    CRN: 41398 (Lecture) & 41399 (Lab) – Must register for both

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg 7, Rm. 104

    Cost: $430

     

    HOR273 Urban and Community Forestry (2 Credits)

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20 pm

    CRN 41400

    Instructor: Joleen Schilling

    Location: Salem Campus, Bldg 7, Rm. 104

    Cost: $305

     

    SOIL205 Soil Science (4 Credits)

    Tuesdays, 1:30-2:50 pm & Thursdays, 1:30-5:50 pm

    CRN: 41044 (Lecture) & 41045 (Lab) – Must register for both

    Instructor: Erica Chernoh

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

    Cost: $515