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Horticulture Industries - Natural Resources Option

Horticulture Industries - Natural Resources Option

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

The Horticultural Industries program provides basic preparation for careers in the landscape and turfgrass industries. The campus grounds, including a greenhouse facility and a one-hole golf course, act as a working laboratory to give students practical training. Clark State students can specialize in parks and recreation operations. Tree and shrub identification, landscape maintenance, turf science, and communication skills are emphasized leading to careers in the parks and recreational industry.

Career Information

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Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Natural Resources option, a graduate will be able to:

  • Identify plant nutrient deficiencies and describe corrective measures.
  • Identify major plant pests, including weeds, insects and diseases and describe corrective measures.
  • Develop a written agricultural business plan.
  • Locate and use current information in solving technical and critical thinking problems.
  • Demonstrate effective employability skills.
  • Identify common landscape plant materials.
  • Demonstrate the proper care of established plants in the landscape.
  • Demonstrate basic trouble shooting and maintenance skills for small gas engines.
  • Write clearly and accurately in variety of contexts and formats.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena and make predictions.
Course Title Credits
AGR 1100 Ag Survey and Professional Development 4
AGR 1300 Soil Science 4
AGR 1400 Turfgrass Science 3
AGR 1700 Landscape Construction 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
AGR 1350 Soil Fertility 4
-- Arts & Humanities Elective* 3
ENG 1112 English II  
or ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
MTH 1200 Technical Math for Agriculture 3
AGR 200P Co-op Experience in Natural Resources 2
AGR 1600 Landscape Maintenance 4
AGR 2100 Woody Plant Materials 4
AGR 2600 Plant Pests 4
AGR 2700 Ag Business Management 4
AGR 2650 Integrated Pest Management 4
AGR 2800 Equipment Management, Maintenance & Repair 4
AGR 2850 Agricultural Capstone Seminar 3
-- Social/Behavioral Science Elective (GA) * 3
  Total credit hours 63
* At least one must be a global awareness (GA) course. Select from social/behavioral sciences or arts/humanities courses identified in the Catalog as General Education for technical programs

A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Academic Preparation

High school chemistry, biology, geometry, algebra, and keyboarding skills are strongly recommended.

Academic Requirements

A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Transfer Information

Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Science degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a  bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.