Are you interested in working with plants and starting a career in agriculture and related fields? From lawns to gardens and florists to farms, society needs skilled cultivators to grow plants. Aims offers two horticulture associate degree programs that can give you the skills and knowledge to help you succeed in a variety of related industries. Learn from experienced faculty members in Weld County, the heart of Colorado farm country and gain practical skills through labs taught in a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility.
While earning a horticulture associate degree at Aims, you’ll learn about:
- Soil science
- Plant propagation
- Pest identification
- Greenhouse management
- Turf Management
Choose Between Two Horticulture Associate Degree Programs
Aims offers two horticulture liberal arts associate degrees, each with a unique focus.
1. Associate of Science in Environmental Horticulture Landscape Business
Study the ways in which landscaping skills intersect with business principles and practices.
2. Associate of Science in Horticulture Business Management
This liberal arts associate degree focuses on large-scale crop production.
Both horticulture degrees are designed to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year school, although you can also choose to enter the workforce upon graduation from Aims.
"If you love plants and are interested in horticulture, Aims can open doors for you."
--Lynn Ingegneri, horticulture instructor at Aims
Instructor Lynn Ingegneri explains how the Aims horticulture program gives students the skills and opportunities needed to pursue a variety of agriculture industry jobs.
Gain practical horticulture and professional skills by learning in laboratory settings while working side-by-side with your instructors.
While earning a horticulture associate degree, learn the principles and practices of:
- Growing and nourishing plants
- Soil management
- Greenhouse operations
- Weed and pest management
- Garden management
- Data collection
In addition to these foundational horticulture skills, you’ll develop important soft skills that employers want, such as critical thinking, planning, problem-solving, and the ability to adapt to change.
- Introduction to Horticulture Certificate
- Horticulture Certificate
Careers in Horticulture
Channel a passion for flowers and plants by developing skills to work with a florist or landscaping company. Use an entrepreneurial spirit to start a business or improve the existing business for a family-owned shop or farm. Build on your interest in food crop science to increase food yields and safety by working as a pest advisor.
Examples of career focus areas for horticulture graduates include:
- Orchard or nursery manager
- Landscape designer
- Pest control advisor
- Greenhouse manager
- Agricultural sales for seed or horticultural supply companies
- Public gardener
- Industry support
- Landscape construction and management
Horticulture Faculty and Staff
Aims horticulture program instructors bring a background of diverse industry expertise to your educational experience. Instructors synchronize classroom and lab lessons so you get hands-on practice that supports your coursework. Small class sizes provide many opportunities for personalized attention from instructors who are invested in your success.
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Degree at a Glance
Degree TypeAssociate of Science
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