Horticulture Program

Studying horticulture develops your sensitivity and awareness of the environment while providing practical experience in designing, installing and maintaining sustainable landscapes, regenerative urban farms and managing greenhouses and nurseries. 

The Diablo Valley College Horticulture program prepares students for all aspects of work in “green industries”. We offer certificates that prepare you for state licenses, industry certificates and transfer to four-year colleges or universities offering advanced degrees in horticulture, plant and soil science.  

Our certificate and degree programs begin with Introduction to Horticulture and Plant Science, which provides a foundation for plant propagation/production, plant identification and use, arboriculture, integrated pest management, landscape design, soil and water management, turf, and greenhouse management courses. Our programs focus on hands-on science and skills with practical applications. 

Completion of our various certificates prepare students for numerous state licenses and industry certifications including:

  • landscape contractor,
  • pest control operator,
  • CCN Pro,
  • arborist,
  • tree technician, 
  • landscape technician,
  • maintenance, and
  • irrigation technician. 

Whether you are looking for career training that will prepare you for employment, or for preparation for transfer, our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping aspiring horticulturists, those interested in pursuing the research side of plant science and urban agriculture. 

Horticulture degrees and certificates

Associate in science degree for transfer  

Certificates of achievement

  • Arboriculture
  • Landscape Design
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Management
  • Plant Science and Horticulture

Certificates of accomplishment

  • Tree Technician
  • Landscape Design Fundamentals
  • Nursery Technician
  • Horticulture Technician

You can learn more about these options and the requirements in our catalog. We know that navigating degrees and certificates can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss what option is best for you.

Courses and class schedule

To see the current or upcoming classes, please use the searchable schedule.

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Faculty and staff

Meet our dedicated faculty and staff .


Plant sales currently not open to the public. Plant sales are held online with contactless pickup periodically to help support the horticulture department.


Contact Horticulture

Chair: Bethallyn Black 
Telephone: 925-969-4247
Email: bblack@dvc.edu 
Office location: SC-305 Campus map