Horticulture Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Looking for a career that can grow with you? Opportunities in the field of horticulture are vast and you can focus on the areas that you're most passionate about.

In MCC’s Horticulture program, you’ll learn the essentials of hydroponics and aquaponics, floral and landscape design, plant biology, and sustainable practices. Through extensive practice in our hands-on greenhouse and floral design studio, you'll come away with a solid knowledge of plant production and maintenance, ready for positions in flower shops, greenhouses, garden centers, farms, golf courses, parks, nurseries, turf, and landscape businesses, interiorscape maintenance companies, and the seed and supply industry.

Horticulture students can choose electives in floral design, greenhouse, landscape, and urban agriculture. Stackable certificates in floral design, garden management, entrepreneurial agriculture production, and entrepreneurial agriculture business and marketing are also available.

Contact (815) 455-8732 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $8,426

Credit Hours to Complete: 60

Weeks to Complete: 64


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Sample Semester 1 - Fall 14 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HRT-150#3 hrs,ENG-151 | ENG-152 | ENG 105#3 hrs,HRT-103#4 hrs,Select a Math or Physical or Life Science Course#3 hrs,MCC-101#1 hr

Sample Semester 2 - Spring 16 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HRT-100#3 hrs,HRT-105#3 hrs,SPE-151#3 hrs,Select a General Elective#3 hrs,Select an Arts or Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences Course#3 hrs

Sample Semester 3 - Summer 3 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: Select a Program Elective#3 hrs

Sample Semester 4 - Fall 15 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HRT-130#3 hrs,Select a General Elective Course#3 hrs,Select a General Elective Course#3 hrs,Select a Program Elective#3 hrs,Select a Program Elective#3 hrs

Sample Semester 5 - Spring 13 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HRT-231#3 hrs,Select a Program Elective#3 hrs,Select a Program Elective#3 hrs,Select a General Elective Course#4 hrs

Career Outlook

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What you need to know about getting your Horticulture AAS (CIP 01.0601)

Total Horticulture AAS Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $6,690 $21,646 $28,348 $28,348
Additional Costs $1,736 $1,736 $1,736 $1,736
Program Total $8,426 $23,382 $30,084 $30,084

What makes MCC's Horticulture AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • MCC's smaller classes offer you more individualized attention.

What job opportunities are available to someone with a Horticulture AAS?

  • Landscape Laborer
  • Landscape Maintenance Supervisor
  • Plant Propagator
  • Garden Center Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Landscape Designer
  • Floral Designer

How will MCC's Horticulture AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

MCC's horticulture program is closely linked to the local horticulture industry:

  • Local employers offer internships in all areas of the field.
  • Former MCC students have been hired by the local landscape and design companies, crop producers, and golf courses.
  • MCC's adjunct instructors work in the field and are up-to-date with the latest trends of the industry.

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • Farm manager of local educational sustainable agriculture farm
  • Farm manager of local cut flower farm
  • Plant propagator of a major horticultural seed company in NE Illinois
  • Grounds worker for Chicago area suburban park district
  • Owner of a flower shop
  • Working on B.S. Degree in Horticulture at a four-year institution

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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