(Effective Fall 2011)

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.

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