Career Technologies AAS – Science Technology, Horticulture Degree

Code: AAS.ST.HORT

The two-year Horticulture option prepares students for employment in horticulture based on hands-on training in a wide range of topics that can lead directly to employment in horticulture or to a four-year program. Topics include science, art and business aspects such as: plant science, propagation, turf, pests, design, marketing, plant materials, etc.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and demonstrate the elements and principles of design utilized for a landscape site.
  • Conduct an analysis of the environmental concerns for good plant growth at an interior and/or exterior landscaped site.
  • Coordinate the process of preparing a plan, specifying materials to be used and the installation of those materials on a landscaped site.
  • Prescribe the “Best Horticultural Practices” for a wide variety of interior and exterior plant materials used in the ornamental industries.
  • Demonstrate the materials and methods used for the propagation of a wide variety of ornamental crops.
  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of a plant at an industry-needs level.
  • Identify the biotic and abiotic problems associated with the maintenance of a wide range of interior and exterior plant materials used in the ornamental industries.
  • Collect a soil sample for analysis of the structure, texture, pH and nutrient content so a determination can be made to add amendments to the soil or to apply a chemical treatment.
  • Discuss the marketing and sale of the aesthetic and environmentally achieved results of a design.

Career Pathways

Garden Center Manager  Grounds Management Supervisor  Parks Department Crew Chief 
Staff Horticulturist  Sales Technician for Hort. Supplies   

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

HRT-101Fundamentals of Horticulture

3

HRT-102Plant Science

4

HRT-104Landscape Plants and Materials I

2

BIO-130People-Plant Relationships

4

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
HRT-120Interior Plantscaping

3

HRT-232Plant Propagation

4

HRT-233Landscape Plants and Materials II

4

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

HRT-103Turf and Grounds Management

3

HRT-112Pests and the Ornamental Plant

4

HRT-204Landscape Graphics

2

HRT-236Horticulture Marketing and Sales

3

BIO-108Introduction to Environmental Biology

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

HRT  Restricted HRT Elective† 3-4
  Humanities Elective*  3
BUS-101Introduction to Business

3

HRT-113Principles of Landscaping

3

HRT-292Co-Op Work Experience [Horticulture]

2

Total Credit Hours:15-16

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities and Social Sciences*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN); Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology

BIO-130People-Plant Relationships

4

BIO-131General Botany

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Total Credit Hours: 20

Program Requirements

HRT  Restricted HRT Elective 3-4
HRT-101Fundamentals of Horticulture

3

HRT-102Plant Science

4

HRT-103Turf and Grounds Management

3

HRT-104Landscape Plants and Materials I

2

HRT-112Pests and the Ornamental Plant

4

HRT-113Principles of Landscaping

3

HRT-120Interior Plantscaping

3

HRT-204Landscape Graphics

2

HRT-232Plant Propagation

4

HRT-233Landscape Plants and Materials II

4

HRT-236Horticulture Marketing and Sales

3

HRT-292Co-Op Work Experience [Horticulture]

2

Total Credit Hours: 41-42

Program Support Requirements

BUS-101Introduction to Business

3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 64-65

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

†Restricted HRT Elective: HRT-115, HRT-119, HRT-235, HRT-237.

Students enrolled in this program ARE NOT REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by the Basic Skills Placement Test.