The results of trained horticulturists are all around us every day. Where an individual chooses to focus their energy determines which area of the horticultural field they will eventually work in. Horticulturalists are responsible for the parks we relax in, the golf and sports turfs we play on and the landscapes we enjoy. Much more than just “plant science”, horticultural students study the relationships between plants, soils, insects, animals and man. Unlike many agricultural fields that dictate living and working in a rural area, Hort. majors have the option of working literally anywhere in all of the fifty states. Presently, there are more job openings for Hort. majors than there are graduates.
Sheridan College Horticulture students engage in classroom studies, practical lab activities, and cooperative work experiences to fulfill the program’s requirements. At Sheridan College students have the unique opportunity to study in state-of-the-art greenhouses as well as a formal demonstration garden and a community garden on campus. Class sizes are small, 10 to 15 students per class on average, which facilitates personal interaction with our experienced instructors and plenty of hands-on learning. Paid internships with local golf courses, landscaping firms, and greenhouse and nursery businesses allow students to gain real world experience in their area of interest.
With a horticulture degree from Sheridan College graduates will be able to seek a variety of entry-level positions across the nation and throughout the horticulture industry. Golf courses, sports fields, and parks and recreation departments all offer exciting careers with competitive pay and the potential for rapid advancement. Additionally, many of our graduates have exercised their entrepreneurial talents and have started their own business ventures.
Another exciting option for students who pursue the Associate of Science degree in Horticulture is the University of Wyoming’s 3+1 program. Basically, after completing their 2 year degree at Sheridan College students can take a third year of courses on the Sheridan College campus through the University of Wyoming, and then move to the main UW campus in Laramie for a year to complete their Bachelor of Science in Agroecology.