Horticulture Technology

Curriculum Description

Horticulture Science Technology
Career Cluster:    Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Pathway:               Plant Systems

Program Major    Horticulture Technology

Pathway Description

These curricula are designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture.  Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural 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.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens.  Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and/or the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.

Program Major Description

A program that focuses on the general production and management of cultivated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A15240
NC CIP: 01.0601
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2017

Fall Semester

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
HOR 114 Landscape Construction 2 2 0 3
HOR 162 Applied Plant Science 2 2 0 3
HOR 168 Plant Propagation 2 2 0 3
LSG 111 Basic Landscape Technique 2 0 0 2
Select one:
Introduction to Computers (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
  Total: 12 8 0 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
HOR 134 Greenhouse Operations 2 2 0 3
HOR 160 Plant Materials I 2 2 0 3
HOR 166 Soils & Fertilizers 2 2 0 3
___ ___ English Option 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 2 2 0 3
  OR        
Quantitative Literacy (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Precalculus Algebra (3) (2) (0) (4)
  Total: 11 8 0 15

Summer Term

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
HOR 118 Equipment Op & Maint 1 3 0 2
HOR 142 Fruit & Vegetable Prod 1 2 0 2
HOR 164 Hort Pest Management 2 2 0 3
HOR 251 Insects & Diseases 2 2 0 3
  Total: 6 9 0 10

Fall Semester

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
HOR 112 Landscape Design I REVISED REQUISITE 2017FA 2 3 0 3
HOR 161 Plant Materials II 2 2 0 3
HOR 225 Nursery Production 2 2 0 3
Select one:
Horticulture Practices REVISED REQUISITE 2017FA 0 3 0 1
  OR        
Work-Based Learning I (0) (0) (10) (1)
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
General Psychology 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Specialty Option ** ** ** 2
  Total: 9 10 0 15

Spring Semester

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
HOR 116 Landscape Management I 2 2 0 3
HOR 235 Greenhouse Production REVISED REQUISITE 2017FA 2 2 0 3
HOR 273 Hor Mgmt & Marketing 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Specialty Option ** ** ** 2
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Specialty Option ** ** ** 2
  Total: 7 4 0 16

Total Credit Hours: 72

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

English Option – Select one: COM 120, COM 231, ENG 112, ENG 114, or ENG 115

Specialty Option: Select 6 hours: ARC 114, HOR 213, HOR 215, HOR 245, HOR 255, HOR 257, HOR 265, HOR 271LAR 111, LAR 113, or LAR 235

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives — Select one: HUM 110, HUM 115, PHI 230, PHI 240, ART 111, HUM 220, MUS 110, PHI 215, REL 110

**Hours vary depending on course selection.