Horticulture Turfgrass Management

Don’t miss our 37th annual LANDSCAPE & GARDEN DAY
“Reclaim, Reseed, Regrow – An Adventure in Urban Horticulture”
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Horticulture Land Lab – East Peoria Campus
For more information, call 309-694-8872
th_Bridge & benchThe Horticulture Turfgrass Management program prepares students for employment opportunities within the turfgrass management industry. Students learn basic theory in the classroom and apply that theory in outdoor laboratories. The program has a variety of outdoor facilities and equipment to support student learning in the “hands-on” labs. Graduates of the program will demonstrate specific knowledge and proficiency in soil fertility, turfgrass management, irrigation, landscape plants, landscape construction, pruning, garden flowers, plant disease and insect control, horticultural mechanics, lawn care and golf industries, and horticultural business management. The student will complete an internship with a turfgrass operations company during the sophomore year. Students may attend full-time or part-time. Graduates of the program either enter directly into the Horticulture industry or transfer to a four-year university to continue studies.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities at ICC besides going to class. The Horticulture Club sponsors a variety of trips and social functions each year. Students may participate in the Illinois Nurserymen’s Association Apprenticeship Program, the Pro-Hort Seminars, and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days held each spring. In addition, students assist in hosting the College’s Landscape & Garden Day held each fall at the Land Lab.

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 62

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
COMMUNICATION ** 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS *** 3
AGRI 112 BASIC SOILS  4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
AGRI 113 PRINCIPLES OF SOIL FERTILITY  3
HORT 110 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL PLANTS  4
HORT 114 TURF MANAGEMENT I  3
HORT 124 LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION  3
HORT 125 LANDSCAPE PLANTS I  3
HORT 126 HORTICULTURAL PLANT PRUNING  2
HORT 130 LANDSCAPE PLANTS II  3
HORT 132 PLANT DISEASES AND INSECTS AND THEIR CONTROL  3
HORT 213 LANDSCAPE LAYOUT AND DESIGN  3
HORT 226 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR  5
HORT 229 HORTICULTURE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT  3
HORT 235 ADVANCED TURF MANAGEMENT  3
HORT 237 GARDEN FLOWERS  3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
APPROVED ELECTIVES **** 2 to 4

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** COMM 110, 113 or 3 additional hours in composition courses numbered 111 or above, such as ENGL 111, 116 or 125.
*** AGBUS 118; MAT 106, MATH 110 or higher based upon Math Placement Test.
**** Approved Electives: HORT 214, 216, 218, 255; AGBUS 115.

Graduates of the program will demonstrate specific knowledge and proficiency in soil fertility, turfgrass management, irrigation, landscape plants, landscape construction, pruning, garden flowers, plant disease and insect control, horticultural mechanics, lawn care and golf industries, and horticultural business management. The student will complete an internship with a turfgrass operations company during the sophomore year.  With this degree, students may find employment in: turf management firms; parks; businesses and corporations; lawn care firms; golf courses; outdoor sports arenas.  

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; Mathematics; AGRI 112; HORT 110; HORT 114
Spring Semester 1Communication; AGRI 113; HORT 124; HORT 125; HORT 126
Summer Semester HORT 130; HORT 132
Fall Semester 2Humanities; HORT 213; HORT 237; Approved Electives
Spring Semester 2Social Science; HORT 226; HORT 229; HORT 235; Approved Electives

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 118
(309) 694-5415 or (309) 694-8446

Illinois Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource

Career Pathway:
Plant Systems

Related Programs

Horticulture Landscape Management
Horticulture – Landscaping certificate
Horticulture – Turfgrass Operations certificate

 Accreditation

planetlogoAccreditation is PLANET’s endorsement of colleges and universities with outstanding landscape contracting or horticulture degrees. This recognition is extended to schools that meet or exceed industry standards for a model curriculum.

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