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Associate of Applied Science

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The only associate degree in horticulture rooted in S.E. Virginia!

Get hands-on training in TCC’s greenhouses on the Chesapeake Campus

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Have a passion for plants, flowers, trees and everything green? Then consider pursuing a horticulture degree at TCC. The roots of the program are in science, technology and business, as you learn about intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Courses range from principles of horticulture to greenhouse crop production to chemicals in horticulture to arboriculture. Classes are held on TCC’s “green” Chesapeake Campus (a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary) and include laboratory work in the college’s greenhouses.

Take your learning to the next level by putting soil and seeds together to grow poinsettias in winter and a variety of spring plants, including flowering hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs and bedding plants.

Specialized career studies certificates are offered in landscape design, landscape maintenance and plant production. All credits can be applied to the associate degree.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture consists of 5 semesters of study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you many also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
67 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,418.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where you can go?

Graduates are prepared for full-time work in a variety of horticulture businesses including:

  • landscape design and management
  • greenhouse production and management
  • managerial positions in a variety of settings from corporate to commercial to government
Is this program for you?

Yes if you:

  •  enjoy the outdoors
  •  have a green thumb
  •  enjoy working as part of a team
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Degree can be completed in four semesters

Learn from faculty with diverse industry backgrounds

Prepare for full-time employment in a variety of "green" businesses

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