From welding to philosophy, FRCC has a program for you.

Is a bachelor's degree your goal? Our two-year associate degrees (A.A., A.S.) are guaranteed to transfer to four-year public schools in Colorado.

Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

Select a campus to see what programs are offered there.  Click on a program name for required classes, contacts, starting salaries, and more.

Horticulture & Landscape Design

The Horticulture and Landscape Design program provides academically rigorous programs of study with content that aligns with the needs of the green industry and prepares students to enter the workforce or to further their academic and career goals with a strong skill set.

Choose from three horticulture degrees and a variety of shorter-term, specialized certificates.

Horticulture & Landscape Technologies Degree

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in Horticulture & Landscape Technologies

60-62 credits
(4 semesters)

This A.A.S. degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in landscape contracting, ornamental horticulture, and urban farming. For this degree, students complete the core program, and either a Floral Design or Horticulture certificate. It is recommended to complete a second certificate from the following:

  • Landscape Contracting, Design or Maintenance
  • Nursery Greenhouse and Garden Center Management
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Urban Agriculture Management

Our courses are designed to meet the standards of the leading international industry association, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).

Horticulture & Landscape Technologies A.A.S. Degree: See required courses and descriptions.

See program FAQs.

See horticulture scholarships.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the Horticulture & Landscape Technologies A.A.S. degree, you will be able to:

  1. Solve career-relevant mathematical calculations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of business and communications.
  3. Use computer technology to accomplish career-relevant tasks.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the plant-soil-water system appropriate to their career emphasis.
  5. Diagnose insect and pest problems related to their career emphasis.
  6. Identify and discuss the attributes of plant materials relevant to their career emphasis.
  7. Converse at a basic level in Spanish.
  8. Demonstrate professionalism.
  9. Effectively use quantitative reasoning.

Horticulture Business Management Degree 

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.S. in Horticulture Business Management

60 credits 
(4 semesters) 

 

This A.S. degree prepares you to transfer to Colorado State University in Fort Collins to pursue a B.S. degree in Horticulture; Horticulture Business Management concentration. 

Horticulture Business Management Degree: See required courses and descriptions.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the Horticulture Business Management A.S. degree, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of economics concepts and their application to business.
  2. Use critical thinking skills and effective communication.
  3. Use computer technology to accomplish career-relevant tasks.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the plant-soil-water system.
  5. Diagnose insect and pest problems related to their career emphasis.
  6. Solve mathematical calculations.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry.

Landscape Business Management Degree

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.S. in Landscape Business Management

60 credits 
(4 semesters)
 This A.S. degree prepares you to transfer to Colorado State University in Fort Collins to pursue a B.S. degree in Horticulture with a Landscape Business concentration. 

Landscape Business Degree: See required courses and descriptions.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the Landscape Business Management A.S. degree, you will be able to:

  1. Solve mathematical calculations that will enable student success at CSU and in the student’s career.
  2. Demonstrate competency in written communication and critical thinking.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Economics.
  4. Use computer technology to accomplish career-relevant tasks.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of plant biology and the plant-soil-water system.
  6. Diagnose insect and pest problems related to their career emphasis.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of plant propagation. 

Transfer Options

Colorado State University (CSU) offers bachelor degree programs in horticulture fields. Courses offered at FRCC for the AAS degree and the various certificates are career/technical credits and may not directly transfer to CSU. Students who wish to transfer to CSU to earn a bachelor's degree (B.S.) should get the A.S. degree in Horticulture Business Management at FRCC. Consult with FRCC faculty and CSU to plan your courses for transferring. See faculty contacts.

 

Horticulture & Landscape Certificates

Floral Design

18-19 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares you work in or own a floral business. In addition to learning about floral design and arrangements, students will learn about flower shop management and flower care for tropical and indoor plants.

Floral Design certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

Offered at: Larimer campus only.

Horticulture

18-19 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program allows students with unique career goals to design their own degree with faculty guidance.

Horticulture certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

 

Irrigation Technician

6 credits
(1 semesters)

This certificate prepares you for entry-level employment with basic instruction in landscape irrigation and maintenance. Credits earned may be applied to the Irrigation Contracting & Management certificate.

Irrigation Technician certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

Landscape Contracting Technician

18 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares you to work in or own a landscape construction company. Students will learn how to build and install retaining walls, decks, brick pavers, paver patios and sprinkler systems. Landscape drainage, lighting, equipment and bidding will also be covered.

Landscape Contracting Technician certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

Offered at: Larimer only

Landscape Design

18 credits
(3 semesters)

This program prepares you to work as a residential landscape designer. Students will learn Xeriscape principles, sustainable horticulture, plant identification, how to draft landscape plans using CAD, and how to bid landscape projects.

Landscape Design certificate: See required courses and descriptions.  

Offered at: Westminster only

Landscape Maintenance Technician

18 credits
(2 semester)

This program prepares you to work for landscape maintenance companies. Students learn essential landscape management skills such as tree care, pruning, soil management, watering, fertilization, pest management, and sprinkler repair.

Landscape Maintenance certificate: See required courses and descriptions.  

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

Nursery & Garden Center Management

17 credits
(2 semesters)

In this program students learn the skills necessary to work in or own a garden center or nursery, including plant identification, propagation, cloning and health. Business concepts such as greenhouse operations and management are also covered.

Garden Center Management certificate: See required courses and descriptions.  

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

Turfgrass Management

17 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares students to care for and manage golf course turf or other sports fields. Topics covered include turf identification, integrated pest management, plant and soil science, application of commercial fertilizers and pesticides, and drainage systems.

Turfgrass Management certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at: Larimer only

Urban Agriculture Management

17 credits
(2 semesters)

In this program students learn how to manage or work with the production of high-value fruit and vegetable crops in an urban setting. Topics covered include crop planning, production and harvesting, farm and drip irrigation, composting, organic certification, and food safety.

Urban Agriculture certificate: See required courses and descriptions.  

Offered at: Larimer only

Horticulture & Landscape Design Jobs & Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Landscaper / Groundskeeper $25,693 $33,943
$38,069
Tree Trimmer $21,222
$34,081
$40,511
Landscape Foreman $40,261
$56,240
$64,230
Nursery / Greenhouse Manager $42,373
$79,253
$97,692
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2018)

from our blog
* Degree with designation