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HORT 110: INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL PLANTS

4 hrs. (OC)

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This course is a study of horticultural plant structures, physiology and reproduction. Included are discussions of basic horticultural practices and occupational areas. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. [IAI: AG 905]

HORT 114: TURF MANAGEMENT I

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course emphasizes the general types of turfgrasses, their growth habits and requirements and the establishment of turf. Fertilizers, diseases, insects, weeds and turf equipment are included.

HORT 124: LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course emphasizes techniques and uses of materials as they pertain to construction of various landscape features. Practical experience in the use of surveying instruments, concrete and paving materials. Additional experience in studying and constructing drainage systems, walls, steps, fences, terraces and patios.

HORT 125: LANDSCAPE PLANTS I

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course includes identification characteristics of evergreen plants, ground covers and vines for landscaping. Emphasis is placed on their culture, use and aesthetic value.

HORT 126: HORTICULTURAL PLANT PRUNING

2 hrs. (OC)

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This course is for students to 1) learn the theory of plant pruning, 2) develop the techniques to prune ornamental plants, 3) develop the techniques to prune tree fruits, 4) develop the techniques to prune small fruits, 5) select the correct equipment for pruning, and 6) develop an understanding of safe practices related to pruning and equipment use.

HORT 130: LANDSCAPE PLANTS II

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course emphasizes the identification, selection, use and maintenance of deciduous trees and shrubs.

HORT 132: PLANT DISEASES AND INSECTS AND THEIR CONTROL

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is a study of the various diseases and insects that attack ornamental shrubs, trees and grasses. The latest developments in chemical control and machinery for application are considered.

HORT 134: ARBORICULTURE TECHNIQUES

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: HORT 126 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will teach the student the materials and methods of properly pruning trees by climbing. Emphasis will be on proper equipment selection, utilizing safe practices, and teamwork.

HORT 210: PLANT PROPAGATION

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course studies the propagation of various types of plants used in the horticulture industry. Sexual and asexual plant propagation techniques will be discussed and laboratory exercises utilizing these principles performed.

HORT 213: LANDSCAPE LAYOUT AND DESIGN

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: HORT 125 with a grade of "C" or better and HORT 130 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is an introduction to free hand drawing and scale drawings. Cost calculations and layout designs for specific jobs are emphasized.

HORT 214: HORTICULTURAL MECHANICS

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course includes the adjustment and maintenance of equipment used in industry. Special emphasis is given to spreader and sprayer calibration, sod cutters, mowing equipment, seeders, aerifiers, and servicing and troubleshooting two- and four- cycle engines.

HORT 216: IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: HORT 114 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will teach the student about irrigation system concepts, equipment, design, troubleshooting, and repair. Emphasis will be on residential design systems. Golf course systems will be introduced.

HORT 218: LANDSCAPE ESTIMATION AND CONTRACTS

2 hrs. (OC)

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This course is for the student to 1) learn to interpret landscape plans for estimation and installation, 2) prepare landscape estimates, 3) use computer spreadsheets in estimating, 4) understand commercial software used in preparing estimates, and 5) use the various contracts common to the landscape industry.

HORT 219: LANDSCAPE ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT

2 hrs. (OC)

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This course is for the student to: 1) understand the sequential process of installing a landscape project, 2) to understand the processes involved in site development of a landscape project, 3) learn the installation procedures recommended for landscape plant material, and 4) learn the maintenance techniques recommended for landscape plant material.

HORT 226: OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is for students to 1) gain work experience in the horticultural business of their choice, 2) practice skills learned in program classes, 3) develop new skills specific to their chosen occupation, and 4) learn the management aspects of a horticultural business.

HORT 229: HORTICULTURE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course discusses the horticulture business field including organization, financing, merchandising, personnel management, credit and analytical procedures.

HORT 235: ADVANCED TURF MANAGEMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: HORT 114 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will teach the student about the lawn care and golf industries. Emphasis will be placed on maintenance of a variety of turf sites, including chemical selecion, pest control, and equipment usage.

HORT 237: GARDEN FLOWERS

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is designed to provide basic knowledge about annual flowers, perennial flowers, wild flowers and herbs. Emphasis is on their care, propagation and use in the landscape.

HORT 238: WINTER IDENTIFICATION OF DECIDUOUS PLANTS

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: HORT 130 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course concentrates on the identification of deciduous trees and shrubs by their winter characteristics. The use of plant keys will be emphasized.

HORT 241: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERIZED LANDSCAPE DESIGN

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: HORT 213 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is an introduction to the use of computers for landscape design. The course covers software basics, and starting, editing, and completing drawings using DynaSCAPE(c). Two-dimensional commands will be emphasized, but the student will also be introduced to 3-D. The last quarter of the course will allow the student to do an on-site visit and carry the design to completion.

HORT 245: GARDEN CENTER MANAGEMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course will examine the management activities involved in operating a garden center. Topics will include: merchandising and pricing strategies, salesmanship, advertising, maintenance of garden center green goods, and managing garden center personnel.

HORT 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.