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What will I learn?

The A.A. Degree Pathway provides the foundational science courses you’ll need to transfer to a four-year horticulture program. Learn about everything from plant propagation to greenhouse construction through labs, field trips, internships and greenhouses on both East and West campuses.

You’ll also have an opportunity to get hands-on experience at the college’s rooftop hydroponic and aquaponics garden in Winter Garden. The 3,000-square-foot garden features 1,500-gallon tanks brimming with fish, above which hang hydroponic gardens filled with varieties of lettuce and herbs. Get a first-hand look at a wide range of topics—from different fertilizers and insect pests to aquaculture and hydroponics. Training in urban agriculture is a movement that continues to grow and provides you with various career opportunities to make your mark on the future of agriculture.

Horticultural Science Degree Pathways

Degree pathways are designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior to complete a Bachelor’s degree after completing an Associate in Arts degree at Valencia. Students who plan to transfer to a limited-access program are responsible for completing the specific requirements of the institution to which they will transfer as completion of this degree pathway does not guarantee admission to an upper division limited-access program.

This degree pathway includes the following Common Program Prerequisites (CPPs) which are required for transfer to the Horticultural Science major at the University of Florida and/or any Florida public institution. Please note the CPPs for the appropriate specialization below.

The following Common Program Prerequisites (CPPs) apply to the Organic Horticultural Systems specialization and Science and Technology of Horticultural Crops specializations:

BSC 1010C GENERAL BIOLOGY I 4

BSC 1011C GENERAL BIOLOGY II 4

CHM 1045C GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS I 4

MAC 1114 COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY (GR) 3

MAC 1140 PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA (GR) 3

PHY 1020 CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS 3

The following Common Program Prerequisites (CPPs) apply to the Plant Biotechnology and Improvement specialization:

BSC 1010C GENERAL BIOLOGY I 4

BSC 1011C GENERAL BIOLOGY II 4

CHM 1045C GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS I 4

CHM 1046C GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS II 4

MAC 2311 CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I (GR) 4

PHY 2048C GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS I 4

or PHY 2053C COLLEGE PHYSICS I WITH ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY

Which department am I in?

Valencia College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,383.00 per year
USD $390.96 per credit hour. Based on rates for the 2020-2021 academic year. These rates are subject to change.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Winter Park Campus

850 West Morse Blvd,

WINTER PARK,

Florida,

32789, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,383.00 per year
USD $390.96 per credit hour. Based on rates for the 2020-2021 academic year. These rates are subject to change.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Valencia College

West Campus,

1800 South Kirkman Road,

ORLANDO,

Florida,

32811, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the equivalent of a high school diploma in the United States.

For international students

U.S. high School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

English Language Requirements:

Official TOEFL result (minimum score 45)

Official IELTS result (minimum score 5.5)

Official LOEP result (minimum score 86 – offered at Valencia College)

Successful completion of English Composition or its equivalent (as determined by Valencia) with a grade of C or higher.

Application deadline: June/15 for fall; Oct/15 for spring.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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