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Horticulture Technology: Associate in Applied Science Degree

Plant Systems 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.

Horticulture Technology program 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.

This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges.

Students may be required to take one or more developmental courses as a result of pre-enrollment placement tests; therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation. Developmental courses for this program may include Readiness Level Reading, English, and/or Math and other courses in developmental Reading, English, Math, Biology and Chemistry. For more information see our Developmental Course list.

Curriculum: 

Fall Semester

Success and Study Skills

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Landscape Design I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Nursery Operations

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Or

Greenhouse Operations

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Plant Materials I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Applied Plant Science

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Plant Propagation

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Spring Semester

Writing and Inquiry

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Plant Materials II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Soils and Fertilizers

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Greenhouse Production

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Social/Behavioral Science Electives

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Summer Term

Horticultural Practices

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Horticulture Pest Management

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Adv Plant Materials

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Math Measurement & Literacy

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Fall Semester

Biological Pest Mgmt

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Public Speaking

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Or

Prof Research and Reporting

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Pick one Major Course Elective from the list below.

Spring Semester

Work-Based Learning I

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Associate in Applied Science Humanities Electives

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Pick one Major Course Elective from the list below.

Major Course Electives are to be selected from the following:

Organic Crop Prod: Spring

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Permaculture

Credit Hours: 

3.00
REAL Small Business

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Golf Course Maint Systems

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Landscape Construction

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Landscape Management I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Equipment Op & Maintenance

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Fruit & Vegetable Prod

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Intro to Hort Therapy

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Landscape Design II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Landscape Irrigation

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Nursery Production

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Hort Specialty Crops

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Arboriculture Practices

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Garden Center Management

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Intro Turfgrass Cult & ID

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Adv Turfgrass Mgmt

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Intro to Viticulture

Credit Hours: 

4.00

Total Hours Required in Program: 68

Students may earn a more focused Associate of Applied Science degree in Horticulture Technology by selecting the Major Course Electives included in the following pathways: