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Curriculum Information Guide

General Horticulture

Dr. Jonathan Lehrer, Chair
Urban Horticulture and Design Dept.
School of Business


Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program is designed to provide a generalized study of horticulture requiring basic introductory courses while offering a wide range of electives so that the students can develop their desired areas of expertise.

Students receive training in plant identification, botany, entomology, soils, and horticulture. Students may elect courses such as: greenhouse management, plant propagation, landscape drafting, landscape construction, commercial floral design and arboriculture. The laboratory hours provide students with valuable “hands-on” experiences in our extensive greenhouses and ornamental teaching gardens.

Professional development opportunities are varied since the program offers students three horticulture electives. This allows students to choose their own areas of specialization within the program.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Floral Designer
Retail Florist
Flower Shop Manager
Sales Manager
Interior Landscape Designer
Commercial Grower
Interior Horticultural Service Technician
Wholesale Distributor
Garden Center Salesperson/Manager
Arboretum Technician
Nursery Salesperson/Manager
Wholesale Nursery Manager
Municipal & Urban Forestry Manager
Commercial or Utility Arborist
Landscape Garden Maintenance
Public Garden Employment

General Horticulture (AAS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will receive a strong foundation in science and master skillsets utilizing traditional and cutting edge techniques.
  • Graduates will demonstrate diverse knowledge and skills required to perform professionally in today’s complex multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Graduates will exhibit the knowledge necessary to understand horticulture from an historical perspective, as well as current and future trends of industry.

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.