The Horticulture Technology–A15240 program that focuses on the general production and management of the cultivated plant, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with the horticulture services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.
Pathway: Plant Systems
These curricula are designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticulture principles and practices are included in the program of study.
Course work includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science. Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and the operation of horticulture businesses.
- AGR 170 – Soil Science
This course covers the basic principles of soil management and fertilization. Topics include liming, fertilization, soil management, biological properties of soil (including beneficial microorganisms), sustainable land care practices, and the impact on soils, and plant nutrients.
- HOR 134 – Greenhouse Operations
This course covers the principles and procedures involved in the operation and maintenance of greenhouse facilities.
- HOR 160 – Plant Materials I
This course covers identification, culture, characteristics, and use of plants in a sustainable landscape. Emphasis is placed on nomenclature, identification, growth requirements, cultural requirements, soil preferences, and landscape applications.
- HOR 168 – Plant Propagation
This course is a study of the sexual and asexual reproduction of plants. Emphasis is placed on seed propagation, grafting, stem and root propagation, micro-propagation, and other propagation techniques.
- HOR 112- Lancscape Design I
This course covers landscape principles and practices for residential and commercial sites. Emphasis is placed on drafting, site analysis, and common elements of good design, plant material selection, and proper plant utilization (encouraging use of native plants and discouraged use of invasive species).
- HOR 253 – Horticulture Turfgrass
This course covers information and skill development necessary to establish and manage landscape turfgrasses. Topics include grass identification, establishment, cultural requirements, application of control products, fertilization, and overseeding techniques.
- HOR 114 – Lancscape Construction
This course introduces the design and fabrication of landscape structures/features. Emphasis is placed on safety, tool identification and use, material selection, construction techniques, and fabrication.
- HOR 273 – Hor Mgmt & Marketing
This course covers the steps involved in starting or managing a horticultural business. Topics include financing, regulations, market analysis, employer/employee relations, formulation of business plans, and operational procedures in a horticultural business.
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