Clackamas Community College

Horticulture, AAS

Program Code: AAS.HORT1

The Horticulture Department provides quality education and training for industry and community members. Greenhouse, nursery, landscape, arboriculture, and organic farming courses integrate technical knowledge, critical thinking and environmental stewardship.

Horticulture is a hands-on, project-based curriculum with a variety of lecture-lab style classes where students practice industry related skills and experience growing and caring for plants in all seasons throughout the year. Learning activities involve students in the day-to-day operation of a wide range of power and hand tools used in the trade, including: mowers, rototillers, tractors, skid steer loader, pruning tools and greenhouse equipment. Students cultivate plants in CCC’s extensive farm, ornamental gardens and greenhouse facilities. This degree sets a foundation for general horticulture, while allowing students to “choose their own adventure” with a wide selection of elective courses that meet their interests. 

Students may begin this program any term, although a fall start is recommended. Following the course offerings in the order listed will allow for completion in the one or two-year period.

Oregon State University Transfer Agreement

Some horticulture classes transfer to Oregon State University as part of a bachelor’s degree. Horticulture students planning to continue their studies at a four-year college should consult the Horticulture advisor to obtain the most recent transfer information.

For information contact April Chastain, Horticulture Department advisor, 503-594-3055 or

OSU Transfer Courses
HOR-112Horticulture Career Exploration2
HOR-215Herbaceous Perennials3
HOR-226Plant Identification/Fall4
HOR-228Plant Identification/Spring4

Note: Many of the horticulture courses will also transfer as Lower Division Collegiate (LDC) credits.