Horticulture Science

Horticulture Science

Create Beautiful Landscapes

Create a more beautiful world with Kirkwood’s Horticulture Science program!

Design students focus on crafting innovative plant designs utilizing plant knowledge and artistic principles. In the construction track, you’ll actually build what a designer would put on paper.

You'll learn to create well-designed landscapes that add beauty and value to any home or business and provide functional outdoor spaces for years to come.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year.

Graduates of the Horticulture Science program will be able to:

  1. Operate and maintain equipment currently used in the industry.
  2. Identify annual, perennial and woody ornamental trees and shrubs using both common and scientific nomenclature.
  3. Apply basic biological principles to the culture and maintenance of plant material.
  4. Create aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape designs using proper plans selection, drafting, and layout skills.
  5. Construct hardscape features that conform to industry standards.
  6. Integrate estimating and bidding skills into design/construction projects.
  7. Demonstrate effective workplace communication and industry-related technology skills.
  8. Develop an appreciation for a diverse and dynamic workplace.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.



Program Costs

Horticulture Science 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021, Spring 2022

Year One

Credits: 16 18 34
Tuition: $2,976 $3,348 $6,324
Fees: $210 $155 $365
Books: $320 $420 $740



Credits: 3 3
Tuition: $558 $558
Fees: $50 $50


Year Two

Credits: 17 17 34
Tuition: $3,162 $3,162 $6,324
Fees: $95 $65 $160
Books: $430 $800




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fee, and Class Related Supplies
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 6/1/2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates with Horticulture Science degrees can obtain jobs in a variety of different career opportunities.

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Work on a landscaping crew doing plant installation, plant material maintenance, or hardscape installation.

Prospective students would have the following characteristics: organized, motivated, like to work with plants, enjoy being outside, be creative, and enjoy working with their hands.

Students graduating with this degree are in high demand.

Program Requirements

To get into the Horticulture Science program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

Donald Burns

“Faculty are helpful, even if they're not your teacher, they help you get to where you need to be.”

Donald Burns,
Independence, Iowa

Mission Statement

The mission of the Horticulture Science A.A.S. program is to prepare students for employment in the green industry by creating an educational culture that promotes professionalism, integrity, honesty, and equips students with the basic knowledge, applied skills, and landscape ethic demanded in today’s dynamic workplace.


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