The Horticulture curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers in the Green Industry. The program provides technical knowledge and hands-on skills to implement a variety of horticultural tasks, and instruction in high-quality service that meets the standard of the industry. Students are taught to identify and appropriately use landscape materials; design, construct and maintain residential, and recreational landscapes; identify and control plant pests and diseases, including the proper use of pesticides; and to operate and manage a horticultural business.

Earn a One-Year Horticulture Technical Certificate or a Two-Year A.A.S. Degree in General Technology
The Horticulture Technical Certificate is a 25 credit-hour program that can be completed in one year. All of the required Horticulture Technical Certificate courses can be applied toward the Nashville State Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology if students choose to continue their education. Students who plan to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult their advisors about articulation options.

Planning to earn a Bachelor's degree?
Students can choose to earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Horticulture at Nashville State, then transfer to a four-year university to complete their baccalaureate degree. AA/AS degree areas of emphasis courses do not represent requirements for any specific university. In planning the courses to be taken at Nashville State, students first choose the four-year university that they plan to attend, consult the catalog of the transfer university for specific degree requirements, and meet with their Nashville State advisor to match up the courses offered at Nashville State with the courses required at their future four-year university.

Consumer Information: Gainful Employment Disclosures

Horticulture Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Occupational Outlook - Residential and Commercial Landscaping Industry

According to recent Gallup survey, more than 45 million U.S households spend $20.6 billion on professional landscaping, lawn care, tree care, and related services. In a growing city and suburban environment such as Nashville, the outlook for opportunities in residential and commercial landscape occupations is excellent.

The horticultural and landscaping industry is diverse in middle Tennessee, and there is an increasing need for trained workers. Garden centers, parks, schools, municipal governments, golf courses, resorts, and landscape design and maintenance companies require knowledgeable employees and skilled labor to service customers and establish and maintain turf, trees, gardens, and grounds. Landscape and property management companies are in need of employees who have enough horticultural education and experience to recognize problems early. The following are among the many opportunities which are available:

Private Estate Grower Horticultural Consultant Turf Maintenance Business
Landscape Designer Retail Florist Superintendent Golf Course
Landscape Nurseryman Spray Technician - Landscape Turf Salesman
Spray Technician - Golf Course Landscape Maintenance Business Plant Propagator
Landscape Inspector Landscape Installation Wholesale Grower
Interiorscape Maintenance Arborist Landscape Construction
Garden Center Sales Irrigation Technician Greenhouse Operator
Athletic Field Maintenance Park Superintendent Right of Way Maintenance


Career Services and Cooperative Education

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers. For more information about cooperative work experience opportunities, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail careerservices@nscc.edu.

Contact Information

Paula McCord, Division Secretary
Phone: 615-353-3475 • Office: W-70

Campus Directory

Advising Sheets

Technical Certificate
Horticulture Technical Certificate

AAS Degree
General Technology AAS
for Horticulture Certificate Students

AA-AS Degree
Horticulture AA-AS

NSCC Catalog

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

Class Schedule

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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