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 nursery operations. Landscape plant materials, landscape installation, and plant propagation are areas emphasized leading to careers in the garden-center and nursery industries.
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Nursery Operations 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.
Demonstate the proper care of established plants in the landscape.
Write clearly and accurately in a 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.
* At least one must be a global awareness (GA). 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.
High school chemistry, biology, geometry, algebra, and keyboarding skills are strongly recommended.
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.