Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Average Class Size: 18
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus
About the Program
Get that green thumb in the best shape possible by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Horticulture program, designed to prepare you for entry transfer to a four-year institution for further study in horticulture-related or other university degree programs. Iowa Western graduates carry an Associate of Arts degree to that next level.
Required and elective courses under this program meet pre-horticulture core curriculum requirements, along with comprehensive university requirements. At Iowa Western, you’ll work in the greenhouse on campus and have the opportunity to participate in the Horticulture Club.
Horticulture lends itself to lawn care, greenhouse work, plant buying, athletic field care, and golf course maintenance. This program has scholarship opportunities, and some classes can be taken online for your convenience. Students with busy schedules can attend on a part-time basis.
This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. People who graduate with four-year degrees in horticulture are qualified to do a variety of jobs. These include food and plant production, marketing, management and sales in the horticulture industry, field inspection, and landscaping. They can be arborists or urban foresters. In addition, they can be involved in park management and maintenance. Some horticulturists work in nurseries, greenhouses, and garden centers where they cultivate the plants and trees that are sold and they advise customers on plant care and maintenance.