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Horticulture - Liberal ArtsRequirements

Do you have a passion for plants and how to grow them? Turn your interest in cultivation into a career by earning a horticulture associate degree at Aims. Choose between two associate degrees that are designed for students who plan to transfer to a participating public four-year Colorado institution. You’ll get the hands-on, practical education of an associate degree from Aims while earning the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at significant cost savings. You can also enter the workforce as soon as you graduate with your two-year degree from Aims. 

In addition to general education credits, both horticulture degree programs require coursework in subjects including botany, horticulture, soil science and plant propagation as well as agricultural business and finance. Classwork combines with hands-on training in a state-of-the-art greenhouse lab. A variety of related electives will help prepare you for a professional work environment. 

Associate of Science in Environmental Horticulture Landscape Business

Learn the fundamentals of horticulture and the business of landscaping. This degree program may be for you if you’re interested in managing or starting a landscape business.

See course requirements below under the tab labeled "Environmental Horticulture Landscape Business."

Associate of Science in Horticulture Business Management

Learn the science and business of horticulture from the ground up. This horticulture degree gives you real-world skills in plant growth, soil management and greenhouse management.

See course requirements below under the tab labeled "Horticulture Business Management."

Row Groupings General Education Requirements:
row Communication:
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Expands and refines the objectives of English Composition I. Emphasizes critical/logical thinking and reading, problem definition, research strategies, and writing analytical, evaluative, and/or argumentative compositions. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO2 category. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ENG 121 with a grade of "C" or better

3
Note: Note: This requirement can also be fulfilled with ENG 122 + a gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3). Aims does not currently offer any GT-CO3 courses, but students should be aware of this option in case they are transferring in coursework that may meet this requirement.
Total Communications Credits 6
row Mathematics:
required

Focuses on a variety of functions and the exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Four credits.

4
Total Mathematics Credits 4
row Arts & Humanities:
Arts & Humanities:

Select two Arts & Humanities courses from the lists below.

row Arts:
required

Introduces the cultural significance of the visual arts, including media, processes, techniques, traditions, and terminology. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides the knowledge base to understand the visual arts, especially as related to Western culture. This course surveys the visual arts from the Ancient through the Medieval periods. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides the knowledge base to understand the visual arts, especially as related to Western culture. This course surveys the visual arts from the Renaissance to 1900. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the concepts necessary to understand modern visual art, with an emphasis on world art of the 20th century. This course surveys world art of the 20th century, including Modernism to Post-Modernism. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the study of music focusing on intelligent listening skills, the elements of music and their relationships, the musical characteristics of representative works and composers, common musical forms and genres of various Western, and non-Western historical style periods. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides an historical survey of Western art music from the Middle Ages into the Classical period, including styles, genres, composers, works, and significant cultural and historical influences upon the repertoire. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides an historical survey of Western art music connecting the classical period to the Romantic period and following to the present. This course includes the study of styles, genres, composers, works, and significant cultural and historical influences upon the repertoire. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides an overview of music from around the globe including folk, ethnic, non-Western and popular styles. Develops basic listening skills and builds a historical/cultural context for world music styles to enable an understanding and appreciation of global music. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides an overview of jazz history covering the basic materials of music and the forms, media, genres, and the historical and cultural framework of each style period. This course emphasizes the building of critical listening tools and the development of a jazz music vocabulary. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides an opportunity to discover, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of the theatre experience: scripts, acting, directing, staging, history, criticism, and theory. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Surveys the history and development of theatrical practices from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance as well as non-western forms, emphasizing all aspects of performance from period values to analysis of dramatic literature and culture. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Surveys the history and development of theatrical practices from Restoration to the present as well as non-Western forms, emphasizing all aspects of performance from period values to analysis of dramatic literature and culture. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
row Literature & Humanities:
required

Introduces film terminology and narrative techniques to explore how film conveys meaning and to study the relationships among film form, content, and audience reception. This course emphasizes active viewing, discussion, and critical analysis of films from different cultures and eras. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to world mythology. The course illustrates and connects common themes in mythology to world religion, philosophy, art, literature, music, and contemporary culture using various interpretive methods. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the interdisciplinary study of ideas that have defined cultures through a survey of the visual, performing, and literary arts, emphasizing connections among diverse cultures, including European and non-European, from the prehistoric to the early medieval era. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the interdisciplinary study of ideas that have defined cultures through a survey of the visual, performing, and literary arts, emphasizing connections among global cultures from the medieval to the early modern era. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the interdisciplinary study of ideas that have defined cultures through a survey of the visual, performing, and literary arts, emphasizing connections among global cultures from the European Enlightenment to the postmodern era. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces fiction, poetry, and drama. This course emphasizes active and responsive reading. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines significant writings in world literature from the ancients to the seventeenth century. It emphasizes active reading and understanding of the works and their cultural backgrounds. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines significant writings in world literature from the seventeenth century to the present. It emphasizes active reading and understanding of the works and their cultural backgrounds.This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines the cultural, historical, and social contexts impacting multiple ethnic American identities through critical reading and analysis. This course focuses on significant works by authors who identify as African American, Native American, Latino/a, Asian American, and other ethnicities. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines American literary works from pre-European arrival on the continent up to the Civil War, including works from diverse people that contributed to American literature. This course also explores historical and social contexts within various genres. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines American literary works from 1865 to the present, distinguishing among literary themes, genres, and schools of thought that illustrate historical and social contexts across a multicultural spectrum. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines major works of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 17th century. Explores the historical, political, and social contexts of the works as well as the major themes which reflect and/or critique the social assumptions and values of the times. Besides fostering an understanding of works essential to western culture, the course will examine how these works are still influential and relevant to contemporary thought and culture. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines major works of British literature from the 18th century to the present. Explores the historical, political, and social contexts of the works and the major themes authors used to reflect and critique the social assumptions of their times. Besides fostering an understanding of works essential to western culture, the course examines how these works are still influential and relevant to contemporary thought and culture. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Explores works by William Shakespeare, focusing on a careful reading of these works as well as an exploration of pertinent contextual and historical information. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines the techniques and themes in literature by and about women by examining women's issues from various genres. This course is a statewide transfer course GT-AH2. Three credits.

3
row World Languages:
required

Continues the development of increased functional proficiency at the intermediate level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the French language. This course is conducted predominantly in French. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category.Three credits.       

Course Prerequisites

FRE 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues the development of increased functional proficiency at intermediate mid level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the French language. This course is conducted predominantly in French. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

FRE 211 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues the development of increased functional proficiency at the intermediate level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the German language. This course is conducted predominantly in German. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category.Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

GER 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues the development of increased functional proficiency at intermediate mid level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the German language. This course is conducted predominantly in German. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category.  Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

GER 211 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues Italian Language II in the development of increased functional proficiency at the intermediate level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Italian language. This course is conducted predominantly in Italian. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category.  Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ITA 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues Italian Language III in the development of increased functional proficiency at intermediate mid level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Italian language. This course is conducted predominantly in Italian. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ITA 211 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues the development of increased functional proficiency at the intermediate level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Japanese language. This course is conducted predominantly in Japanese. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

JPN 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues the development of increased functional proficiency at intermediate mid level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Japanese language. This course is conducted predominantly in Japanese. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

JPN 211 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues Russian Language II in the development of increased functional proficiency at the intermediate level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Russian language. This course is conducted predominantly in Russian. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

RUS 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues Russian Language III in the development of increased functional proficiency at intermediate mid level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Russian language. This course is conducted predominantly in Russian. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category. Three credits

Course Prerequisites

RUS 211 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues Spanish Language II in the development of increased functional proficiency at the intermediate level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Spanish language. This course is conducted predominantly in Spanish. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

SPA 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues Spanish Language III in the development of increased functional proficiency at intermediate mid level in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural competency in the Spanish language. This course is conducted predominantly in Spanish. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH4 category.Three credits

Course Prerequisites

SPA 211 with a grade of "C" or better

3
Total Arts & Humanities Credits 6
row History:
History:

Select one history course from the list below.

required

Explores a number of events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped Western Civilization from the prehistoric era to 1650. Reflects the multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in this discipline. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-HI1. Three credits.

3
required

Explores a number of events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped Western Civilization from 1650 to the present. Reflects the multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in this discipline. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-HI1. Three credits.

3
required

Explores a number of peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped World History from the prehistoric era to 1500. Reflects the multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups in a broad global sense. Focuses on the common denominators among all people. This approach goes beyond political borders to provide a better appreciation for different cultures. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in this discipline. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Explores a number of peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped World History from 1500 to the present. Reflects the multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups in a broad global sense. Focuses on the common denominators among all people. This approach goes beyond political borders to provide a better appreciation for different cultures. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in this discipline. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. Three credits.

3
required

(Formerly HIS 201) Explores events, trends, peoples, groups, cultures, ideas, and institutions in North America and United States history, including the multiple perspectives of gender, class, and ethnicity, between the period when Native American Indians were the sole inhabitants of North America, and the American Civil War. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in the discipline. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-HI1. Three credits.

3
required

(Formerly HIS 202) Explores events, trends, peoples, groups, cultures, ideas, and institutions in United States History, including the multiple perspectives of gender, class, and ethnicity, between the period of the American Civil War and the present. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in the discipline. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-HI1. Three credits.

3
required

Analyzes historical land socio-cultural change for Native Americans from pre-colonial America to the present, emphasizing those processes and relations with non-Native Americans which have contributed to the current conditions. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-HI1. Three credits.

3
required

Presents the story of the people, society, and cultures of Colorado from its earliest Native Americans, through the Spanish influx, the explorers, the fur traders and mountain men, the gold rush, railroad builders, the cattlemen and farmers, the silver boom, the tourists, and the modern state. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-HI1. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

HIS 101 min grade C Or HIS 102 min grade C Or HIS 111 min grade C Or HIS 112 min grade C Or HIS 201 min grade C Or HIS 202 min grade C Or HIS 236 min grade C Or HIS 247 min grade C Or HIS 249 min grade C

3
required

Traces the history of the American West, from the Native American cultures and the frontier experiences of America's earliest, eastern settlers, through the Trans-Mississippi West, across the great exploratory and wagon trails, and up to the present West, be it urban, ranching, reservation, resource management, or industrial. Emphasizes the north and central parts of the West. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments that have shaped modern America from 1945 to the present. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on the major political, economic, social, and cultural influences that have shaped Latin America from pre-European conquest to the present. Emphasizes the early history of Latin America but connects it to the present. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Investigates the major political, social, and economic developments, international relationships, scientific breakthroughs, and cultural trends that have shaped the various global regions and nation-states from 1900 to the present. Emphasizes the interactions of global regions and nation-states. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Explores the experiences and contributions of African Americans from the colonial period to the present. Emphasizes the social and economic lives and roles of African Americans, their roles in politics and war, their achievements, and movements for self-help and civil rights. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Surveys the history of Christianity and its impact on the world from its Jewish origins in the ancient Mediterranean system, into its European expansion, and ending with its modern global presence. Analyzes foundational theology, the impact of significant events, and the role of key people in their historical contexts. Inspects Christianity's relationship with Judaism, Islam, the Enlightenment, modernity, moral systems and values. Provides students with an appreciation of the broad impact of the faith. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-HI1. Three credits.

3
Total History Credits 3
row Behavioral & Social Sciences:
required

Focuses on the study of the national economy, emphasizing business cycles and long-run growth trends. Explores how macroeconomic performance is measured, including Gross Domestic Product and labor market indicators. Examines the saving-investment relationship and its relationship to Aggregate Supply and Aggregate Demand. Discusses money and banking, international trade, fiscal and monetary policy. Explores the macroeconomic role of the public sector. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on the study of individual decision making, emphasizing households, business firms and industry analysis. Explores market models, including competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition and oligopoly. Examines market failure and related efficiency criteria for government intervention. Explores public policy, including labor market issues, poverty and the environment. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on economic principles and decision-making by consumers, firms and government with emphasis on their application to the food, fiber and natural resource sectors of the economy. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS1 category. Three credits.

3
Total Behavioral & Social Sciences Credits 6
row Physical & Life Sciences:
required

Studies nonvascular and vascular plants, emphasizing photosynthetic pathways, form and function, reproduction, physiology, genetics, diversity, evolution, and ecology. This course requires mandatory hands-on laboratory and field experience. This course is designed for biology majors. This course is one of the statewide guaranteed transfer courses, GT-SC1. Five credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 105 or BIO 111 with a grade of "C" or better

5
required

Examines the fundamental principles of ecology, evolution, classification, structure, and function in plants and animals. This course includes a laboratory experience. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category.  Five credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 111 with a grade of "C" or better

5
required

Includes the study of measurements, atomic theory, chemical bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions, acid and base, gas laws, and condensed states. Laboratory experiments demonstrate the above concepts qualitatively and quantitatively. Designed for non-science majors, students in occupational and health programs, or students with no chemistry background. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Five credits

Course Prerequisites

MAT 055 or higher (except MAT 107, 108, 109, 112, 135, 175), and CCR 092 or higher with grades of "C" or better

5
required

Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, stoichiometry. This course covers the development of atomic theory culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms, and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Five credits. 

Course Prerequisites

CHE 101 with a grade of "C" or better. Students who have completed one year of high school chemistry within the last seven years with a grade of "C" or better may be eligible for a prerequisite override

5
CHE 107 not currently offered CHE 107* Fundamentals of Gen Chemistry w/Lab  5 credits *(CHE107 is not currently offered at Aims, but it can be transferred from another Colorado community college or university and applied in place of one of the above CHE courses)
Total Physical & Life Sciences Credits 10
Row Groupings Additional Required Courses: Credits
required

Focuses on formation, physical properties, chemical properties and management of soils emphasizing conditions that affect plant growth. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

4
HLT 240 Not offered HLT 240* Introductory Soil Science  4 credits *(HLT 240 is not currently offered at Aims, but it can be transferred from another Colorado community college or university and applied in place of AGY 240)
required

Focuses on statistical study, sampling, organizing and visualizing data, descriptive statistics, probability, bi-nominal distributions, normal distributions, confidence intervals, linear regression, and correlation. Intended for business majors. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Three credits.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Teaches seed and vegetative plant propagation techniques, the biology underlying modern plant propagation practices, and their application in commercial plant production. Four credits.  

4
required

Introduces the biology of horticultural plants, and basic horticultural practices. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on production and adaptation of cultivated crops, principles affecting growth, development, management, and utilization. Four credits.

4
AGY 100 not currently offered OR  HLT 100* Horticulture Science  4 credits *(HLT 100 is not currently offered at Aims, but it can be transferred from another Colorado community college or university and applied in place of HLT 101/AGY 100) 
Total Additional Required Course Credits 18
Row Groupings Electives:
Electives:

Recommended Electives: Choose additional HLT or FLD courses (except HLT 208, 216, & 249; FLD 100 & 289). NOTE: Aims does not currently offer any FLD courses. Be sure to discuss your options with your Aims advisor.

Total Electives Credits 7
Total Credits for A.S. Degree 60