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Bachelor of Applied Science - Horticulture

Horticulture Bachelors

Sow the seeds of the hard work you put into completing your Horticulture Technologist diploma by advancing your skills and knowledge with the Bachelor of Applied Science - Horticulture degree.

This two-year program focuses on combining science and technology with business concepts that will enable you to have a successful career in horticulture or starting your own business.

Accessing our unique campus that acts as a living lab, consisting of a 15 acre constructed wetland, botanic gardens, greenhouses and 12,000 square foot Landscape Pavilion, you’ll develop expertise in integrated pest management, research methods and sustainable site technologies.

Work-Integrated Learning

Fourth year students of the Bachelor of Applied Science - Horticulture program will be required to complete an eight-month Directed Field Study, where they will gain valuable hands-on experience in a mentored workplace setting.


Graduates are eligible to pursue certification through the Horticulture Certification Program by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. 


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science in Horticulture

Program Details

    • 2.5 GPA in the 60 credits from the Olds College of Agriculture & Technology Horticulture Technologist Diploma, or an equivalent program, or a degree in a closely related area.

    • OR Certified Journeyperson Landscape Horticulturist with a Red Seal

    • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement 

    Transfer Options: Olds College has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

    Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

    International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from International Applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency.

  • Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

    Tuition, Fees & Payments

    Scholarships & Student Awards

    Olds College of Agriculture & Technology offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

    For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards.

    Entrance Awards Available!

    Entrance awards range from $250 - $1,500 for students applying for the upcoming academic year and have paid the tuition deposit by the deadline.

    Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
    Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance. Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

    Student Funding

    For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

  • For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

    Academic Calendar: Bachelor of Applied Science - Horticulture

    Term 1
    • Completed the following:
      • BHO3300 - Project Management Principles
      • BHO3999 - Directed Field Study Preparation
      • HRT2200 - Emerging Trends & Innovations in Horticulture
    Term 2
    • Completed the following:
      • BHO3100 - Research Methods
      • BHO3500 - Sustainable Sites
      • BHO3540 - Social Innovation Through Horticulture
      • BHO3800 - Leadership in Horticulture
      • BHO3999 - Directed Field Study Preparation
      • WTR3000 - Water Capture and Management
    Term 3
    • Completed or concurrently enrolled in:
      • BHO4000 - Integrated Project
      • BHO4710 - Ethics & Pest Management
      • BHO4999 - Horticulture Directed Field Study
    Term 4
    • Completed the following:
      • BHO4000 - Integrated Project
      • BHO4710 - Ethics & Pest Management
      • BHO4999 - Horticulture Directed Field Study
  • Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to leadership roles in:

    • Landscape design construction and maintenance 

    • Greenhouse, garden centre and controlled environment production

    • Organic and field crop production

    • Orchard production

    • Sod farm

    • Tree nursery

    • Urban agriculture

    • Sustainable horticulture

      • Green roofs

      • Living Walls

      • Community Gardens

      • Horticulture Therapy 

    Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

    ALIS Occupational Profiles

  • Program Dates

    Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

    Class Registration

    You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

    Technology Recommendation

    It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College of Agriculture & Technology with the following technology:

    • A laptop is preferred.

    As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

    • Go to
    • Enter your Olds College email address and password
    • Once logged in, there is a button on the right that says “Install Office Apps”

    This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

    Materials & Supplies

    Information on required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

    Other Important Information

    • Time Requirements: This program is delivered using a modified schedule. Most courses are scheduled over a 7.5 week block. Within each course you will be attending class for 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday during these blocks. Classes are normally scheduled between 9 am and noon with some labs scheduled in the afternoons. In addition, you should anticipate several hours of additional study each afternoon and evening and on weekends, which may require the use of on-campus resources like the Herbarium, Greenhouses, or the Botanic Gardens.

      Some courses may require or provide additional opportunities that involve evening/weekend classes or overnight field trips. You must be prepared to make the personal arrangements necessary to allow you to participate in the full range of classroom activities if you are to gain all the competencies required in each course. Notice of field trips will be given well in advance and it is your responsibility to participate. Off-campus events make up a valuable part of your training and further the development of essential skills. Times and duration of each off-campus event will vary but typically involve leaving and returning at times that are outside of normal class hours.
    • Student Clubs: It is recommended to join the Horticulture Club and Turf Club since these offer an additional dimension to your Olds College experience. There are also a number of college sports teams, some of which participate at the inter-collegiate level while others are purely recreational.

    • Additional Skills: Basic computer skills are recommended for all and it is certainly beneficial to have some prior experience with computers before you arrive at the College. A familiarity and comfort in the use of Google products, word processing, spreadsheet and e-mailing software will be a definite asset. Students have the ability to take notes directly into their devices as the class proceeds. You will be schooled in other systems once you arrive and as need dictates. For example, the learning management system ‘Moodle’ is commonly used in the School of Life Science & Business and you will be introduced to its use and application in your very first classes.

      Lockers: All you need to do during your first few days at Olds College is to select one without a lock and it’s yours for the duration. I strongly recommend that you select a locker in the first week of classes because of high demand. You are required to provide your own lock.

"The program at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology tells you what you need to know and is a stepping stone to a successful horticulture career. It gave me the insight into the horticulture industry I needed to start planning my own business."

Tim Moreland, Class of 1998

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Program at a Glance

Length: Diploma + Two Years

Delivery Method: Blended full-time, synchronous

Program Intake: Fall (November start online; on-campus beginning of January)

Applications Open: October

Program Status: Open