Academics

HORT 110 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL PLANTS

4 Credit Hours (OC)
An introduction to the principles and practices in the development, production, and use of Horticultural crops. Includes the classification, structure, growth and development, and environmental influences on horticultural plants; horticultural technology; and an introduction to the horticultural industries.


HORT 114 INTRODUCTION TO TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course emphasizes the general types of turfgrasses, their growth habits and requirements, and the establishment of turf. Fertilizers, diseases, insects, weeds, and turf equipment are included.


HORT 124 LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course emphasizes techniques and uses of materials as they pertain to construction of various landscape features. Students will gain practical experience in the use of surveying instruments, and concrete and paving materials. Additional experience in constructing drainage systems, walls, steps, fences, terraces and patios will be discussed.


HORT 126 LANDSCAPE ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course covers the sequential process of installing a landscape project and provide an understanding of the processes involved in site development. They will learn the procedures for proper plant installation, and develop the techniques to properly maintain and prune a variety of plant material. General arboriculture techniques will be introduced including: equipment usage, tree climbing, safety and removal.


HORT 130 WOODY PLANT ID

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course emphasizes the identification, selection, use and maintenance of woody trees and shrubs.


HORT 132 PLANT PROBLEM DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of the various diseases and insects that attack ornamental shrubs, trees and grasses. The latest developments in chemical control and machinery for application are considered.


HORT 134 ARBORICULTURE TECHNIQUES

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will teach the student the materials and methods of properly pruning trees by climbing. Emphasis will be on proper equipment selection, utilizing safe practices, and teamwork.

Pre-requisite: HORT 126 with a grade of "C" or better


HORT 210 PLANT PROPAGATION

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course studies the propagation of various types of plants used in the horticulture industry. Sexual and asexual plant propagation techniques will be discussed and laboratory exercises utilizing these principles performed.


HORT 213 LANDSCAPE LAYOUT AND DESIGN

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an introduction to free hand drawing and scale drawings. Cost calculations and layout designs for specific jobs are emphasized.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in HORT 130


HORT 214 HORTICULTURAL MECHANICS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course includes the adjustment and maintenance of equipment used in industry. Special emphasis is given to spreader and sprayer calibration, sod cutters, mowing equipment, seeders, aerifiers, and servicing and troubleshooting two- and four- cycle engines.


HORT 216 IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will teach the student about irrigation system concepts, equipment, design, troubleshooting, and repair. Emphasis will be on residential design systems. Golf course and sports field systems will be introduced.

Pre-requisite: HORT 114 with a grade of "C" or better


HORT 218 LANDSCAPE ESTIMATION AND CONTRACTS

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is for the student to 1) learn to interpret landscape plans for estimation and installation, 2) prepare landscape estimates, 3) use computer spreadsheets in estimating, 4) understand commercial software used in preparing estimates, and 5) use the various contracts common to the landscape industry.


HORT 219 LANDSCAPE ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is for the student to: 1) understand the sequential process of installing a landscape project, 2) to understand the processes involved in site development of a landscape project, 3) learn the installation procedures recommended for landscape plant material, and 4) learn the maintenance techniques recommended for landscape plant material.


HORT 226 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is for students to gain work experience in the horticultural business of their choice, practice skills learned in program classes, develop new skills specific to their chosen occupation, and learn the management aspects of a horticultural business.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


HORT 229 HORTICULTURE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course discusses the horticulture business field including organization, financing, merchandising, personnel management, credit and analytical procedures.


HORT 235 ADVANCED TURF MANAGEMENT I

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will take a more in depth look at turfgrass physiology and growing conditions as well as the breeding efforts with major turfgrass species. Emphasis will be placed on maintenance of turfgrasses on a variety of sites, including chemical selection, fertilization, pest control, and equipment usage.

Pre-requisite: HORT 114 with a grade of "C" or better


HORT 237 GARDEN FLOWERS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to provide basic knowledge about annual flowers, perennial flowers, wild flowers and herbs. Emphasis is on their care, propagation and use in the landscape.


HORT 238 WINTER IDENTIFICATION OF DECIDUOUS PLANTS

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course concentrates on the identification of deciduous trees and shrubs by their winter characteristics. The use of plant keys will be emphasized.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in HORT 130 or department approval


HORT 241 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERIZED LANDSCAPE DESIGN

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an introduction to the use of computers for landscape design. The course covers software basics, and starting, editing, and completing drawings using DynaSCAPE(c). Two-dimensional commands will be emphasized, but the student will also be introduced to 3-D. The last quarter of the course will allow the student to do an on-site visit and carry the design to completion.

Pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in HORT 213 or department approval


HORT 245 GARDEN CENTER MANAGEMENT

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will examine the management activities involved in operating a garden center. Topics will include: merchandising and pricing strategies, salesmanship, advertising, maintenance of garden center green goods, and managing garden center personnel.


HORT 246 ADVANCED TURF MANAGEMENT II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will examine turfgrass management of sports field, golf course, sod production, and professional lawn care areas. It will include design, installation, preparation and maintenance of these turfgrass areas. Administrative practices of the turfgrass industry will be discussed.

Pre-requisite: Hort 235 with a grade of "C" or better


HORT 250 HORTICULTURE CAREER PREPARATION AND SEMINAR

1 Credit Hours (OC)
Students will develop comprehensive knowledge of the industry as the course will combine aspects from all of the horticulture curriculum so that students will develop a holistic approach to landscape management. This course will prepare students to take the Landscape Industry Certified Horticultural Technician exam. The course will also prepare students for employment in the green industry. Employee soft-skills and professionalism will be addressed so that the transition from classroom to workforce can be made smoothly.

Pre-requisite: concurrent enrollment in HORT 226 or department approval


HORT 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.

Pre-requisite: Department approval