USU offers both a certificate and an associate’s degree in ornamental horticulture. Completion of the certificate requires 27 credits, and the associate’s degree requires 60 credits. Coursework for both is similar to the curriculum for the bachelor’s degree in plant science, and all approved coursework for the associate’s degree counts toward the bachelor's should students choose to continue.
Many students who participate in this program attend through one of USU's locations throughout the state. Classes are offered in the evenings, making it convenient for students who work full time and wish to move into a career in ornamental horticulture or pursue horticulture as a hobby.
With an associate’s or certificate in ornamental horticulture, students can work in the following areas:
- Garden centers
- Floral shops
- Groundskeeping and maintenance for golf courses, school districts, and municipalities
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.