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Horticulture Industry

Horticulture Industry

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

The Horticultural Industry 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.  Students can specialize in the following topics through course electives:

Golf Course Operations - study the maintenance of the golf course amenities

Landscape Design - study landscape plant materials, design, and computer-aided design

Natural Resources - study tree and shrub identification, landscape maintenance, turf science, and communication skills

Nursery Operations - study landscape plant materials, landscape installation, and plant propagation

Turf and Landscape Operations - study turfgrass science and turf management as well as landscape maintenance

Career Information

Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Horticulture, 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.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena and make predictions.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Demonstrate basic trouble shooting and maintenance skills for small gas engines.
Course Title Credits
AGR 1100 Ag Survey and Professional Development 4
AGR 1300 Soil Science 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
-- AGR Technical Elective** 3
AGR 1150 Plant Science 4
AGR 2010 Co-op Experience in Turf & Landscape Part I 1
ENG 1112 English II  
or ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
MTH 1200 Technical Math for Agriculture 3
-- AGR Technical Elective** 3
-- Arts & Humanities Elective* 3
AGR 2011 Co-op Experience in Turf & Landscape Part II 1
AGR 1201 Pesticide Safety and Application 1
AGR 2601 Weed Science 3
AGR 2700 Ag Business Management 4
-- AGR Technical Elective** 3
-- AGR Technical Elective** 3
AGR 2602 Plant Pathology 2.5
AGR 2603 Plant Insect Pests 2.5
AGR 2850 Agricultural Capstone Seminar 3
-- AGR Technical Elective** 3
-- Social & Behavioral Science Elective* 3
  Total credit hours 60
*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.

**AGR elective may be any AGR course not required above.  AGR 1175, 1400, 1650, 2125, 2300, 2450, and 2800 are recommended.

Questions? We're here to help!

Dr. Arly Drake Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Agriculture