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Horticulture Industries - Nursery Operations Option

Horticulture Industries - Nursery Operations 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 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.

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Outcomes and Curriculum

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.
  • Demonstrate the proper care of established plants in the landscape.
  • 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
Fall
AGR 1100 Ag Survey and Professional Development 4
AGR 1300 Soil Science 4
-- AGR Technical Elective** 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
 
Spring
AGR 1350 Soil Fertility 4
ENG 1112 English II  
or ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
MTH 1200 Technical Math for Agriculture 3
-- Arts & Humanities Elective* 3
 
Summer
AGR 200N Co-op Experience in Nursery Ops 2
 
Fall
AGR 2100 Woody Plant Materials 4
AGR 2600 Plant Pests 4
AGR 2700 Ag Business Management 4
-- Social & Behavioral Science Elective* 3
 
Spring
AGR 2150 Herbaceous Plant Materials 3
AGR 2300 Plant Propagation 4
AGR 2650 Integrated Pest Management 4
AGR 2850 Agricultural Capstone Seminar 3
MKT 2450 Sales and Sales Management 3
 
  Total credit hours 61
* 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.

**AGR elective maybe any AGR course not required above.  AGR 1700, 1750, 1800, 2300, 2450 are recommended.  Other course work may be approved by the division.

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.

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.