The Plant Production Emphasis curriculum involves the greenhouse, nursery, and field production of horticulture plants from the initial propagation, by seed or assorted plant parts, to the finished landscape or retail product. Sustainability from an environmental and economic perspective is highlighted. Classroom and laboratory instruction include plant structure, physiology and growth, plant growing structures and environments, production tools, equipment and materials, sustainability, and techniques of production. Depending on the electives chosen, students prepare for careers in all phases of the plant production industry, including woody landscape plants and herbaceous plants used in the landscape, greenhouse, floriculture, and vegetable trade. In addition to vast career opportunities, graduates may transfer into advanced-degree programs at other colleges and universities.

Career Opportunities

Careers in the following segments of the plant production or "green" industry are available: landscape design and installation; floral shop and garden center manager; horticultural product marketing and merchandising; plant propagator; lead grower; lab technician; greenhouse and nursery production specialist of annuals, perennials, tropical, and woody plants; arborist/tree care specialist; landscape foreman/supervisor; landscape management; estate gardener; field manager; irrigation technician; horticulture product buyer; horticulturist with an institutional or government agency.

Recommended High School Subjects

Four years of English, two years of algebra, and two years of science.

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major. 

Remediation Strategies

All students must remediate by the end of the first year. The order of remediation will be math, reading, and English.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate the safe and effective use of hand tools, power equipment, and heavy equipment common to the ornamental horticulture and landscape industry.
  • summarize and apply knowledge in the use of plant growth media, soil amendments, and fertilizers.
  • demonstrate a responsible and professional attitude in relationships with employers, colleagues, and clients through various courses, labs, and on-the-job work experience.
  • summarize and apply a basic knowledge of various careers within the ornamental horticulture industry.
  • apply basic knowledge of botany to ornamental horticulture products and services.
  • identify various trees, shrubs, tropicals, and herbaceous plants; summarize each plant's functional horticultural use and maintenance.
  • identify and evaluate horticultural problems caused by insects, diseases, and physiopaths; plan for proper control of these problems by developing a plant health care/integrated pest management plan.
  • apply skills in pruning, fertilizing, and spraying for managing landscapes and ornamental plants in commercial production.
  • develop production schedules and outline production of commercial plants in nursery and/or greenhouse operations.
  • use computers and the Internet as business/project management tools and information resources for managing growing environments.
  • develop an understanding of sustainability and its application and practices in landscaping and plant production.

Specifically, graduates of the Plant Production Emphasis should be able to:

  • summarize the various types of horticulture growing structures, materials, and equipment common to the horticulture plant production industry.
  • describe the proper operation of growing structure environmental systems and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in the production of horticultural crops.
  • use and evaluate various asexual and sexual techniques for propagating plants.
  • outline the management requirements of a containerized plan production operation, including record keeping and employee-employer relations.
  • demonstrate the skills required in growing, merchandising, and marketing a containerized ornamental crop.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
HRT101 Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture 1 1 M REQ
HRT102 Horticulture Equipment Operation and Safety 1 3 M REQ
HRT110 Soils and Fertilizers 3 2 3 M REQ
HRT113 Ornamental Plants 3 2 3 M REQ
BIO111 Basic Botany 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HRT117 Sustainable Crop Production 3 2 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
or
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3 3 S REQ
LPE Directed Landscape/Horticulture - Plant Production Elective 3   M LPE
LPE Directed Landscape/Horticulture - Plant Production Elective 3   M LPE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HRT150 Internship 2 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 2
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HRT208 Containerized Plant Production 3 2 3 M REQ
HRT209 Plant Propagation and Production 3 2 3 M REQ
HRT241 Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 2 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
LPE Directed Landscape/Horticulture - Plant Production Elective 3   M LPE
LHT Directed Landscape/Horticulture Business Elective 3   S LHT
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
LPE Directed Landscape/Horticulture - Plant Production Elective 3   M LPE
LPE Directed Landscape/Horticulture - Plant Production Elective 3   M LPE
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
LHT Directed Landscape/Horticulture Business Elective 3   S LHT
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 18