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Horticulture Science AAS

Last updated 5/29/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 9045

Program Contacts:
East Campus
Recruiter, 309-854-1724
Jeff Hawes, 309-854-1835, hawesj@bhc.edu


The Horticulture Science Program offers courses and laboratory exercises that are necessary in giving students technical knowledge for exciting careers in the horticulture field such as nursery manager, grounds keeper, retail florist, landscape designer, turf and golf course manager, greenhouse manager, lawn service person and worker. An eight week supervised work experience program is completed during the fourth semester of the two year Horticulture Science Program. Students are encouraged to choose their area of interest for their work experience.

Facilities offering internships include landscaping businesses, greenhouses, golf courses and many others. Special program features include: knowledgeable instructors with expertise in their areas of specialization, supervised on-the-job experience during the second year of the program, minimum of nine elective hours of coursework allowing students to specialize in their areas of interest and a majority of courses in horticulture or horticulture related areas.

Horticulture Science AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 9045
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
AG 101 — Introductory Agriculture Seminar (1)
AG 121 — Introduction to Agricultural Economics (3)
AG 282 — Introduction to Soil Science (4)
HORT 192 — Landscape Design (3)
HORT 284 — Introduction to Horticultural Science (3)
Communications Elective (3)

Second Semester
AG 135 — Integrated Pest Management 1 (1.5)
AG 136 — Integrated Pest Management 2 (1)
AG 137 — Integrated Pest Management 3 (0.5)
BIOL 211 — General Botany (4)
HORT 194 — Identification of Horticultural Plants (3)
HORT 196 — Perennials and Ground Cover (3)
HORT 198 — Turf and Lawn Management (3)
HORT Electives (3)

Third Semester
HORT 292 — Greenhouse Crops (3)
HORT 294 — Greenhouse Management (3)
HORT Electives (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communication  or  (3)
SPEC 114 — Interpersonal Communication
Mathematics Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
AG 211 — Ag Salesmanship (3)
AG 201 — Advanced Ag Work Experience Seminar (1)
HORT 210 — Horticulture Internship/Work Experience (5)
HORT 296 — Horticulture Business Management (3)
HORT Electives (3)

Minimum Total Hours Required for Degree (66)

Note: A minimum of 9 elective hours are required in the Horticulture Science program. Suggested electives include: (Fall Semester) HORT 190, 191, 193  (Spring Semester) HORT 195, 203, 293, 295.

Courses for this program include: »

AG 101 Introductory Agriculture Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the agricultural industries that are of service to farmers. Special reports on selected current topics. Part of class time will be utilized by visiting lecturers. Occasionally, a dinner meeting may be held. Required of all full-time agricultural students.

AG 121 Introduction to Ag Economics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introductory course covering selected agricultural economics principles and topics. Includes economic
principles applied to agricultural problems; agriculture as business; resource utilization; production principles; profit maximization; supply and demand principles; market structures and price determination; finance; and agricultural policy. Other topics covered are the world food situation and food production; agricultural trade; and the role of agriculture in economic growth. Special emphasis is placed on applying economic theories and principles to solving problems facing agricultural producers and agricultural industries.

AG 135 Integrated Pest Management 1
1.5 cr. hrs.;
1.5 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of the role of chemicals commonly used in agricultural production, including insecticides, herbicides, seed treatments and livestock chemicals. Emphasis is placed on the identification of weeds, insects and plant diseases, as well as prevention, control, and eradication of these problems. Laboratory exercises focus on weed and insect scouting, procedures used in handling and applying chemicals and comparisons of various pest management practices.

AG 136 Integrated Pest Management 2
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The study of the role of chemicals commonly used in agricultural production, including insecticides, herbicides, seed treatments and livestock chemicals. Emphasis is placed on the identification of weeds, insects and plant diseases, as well as prevention, control, and eradication of these problems. Laboratory exercises focus on weed and insect scouting, procedures used in handling and applying chemicals and comparisons of various pest management practices. Continuation of AG 135.

AG 137 Integrated Pest Management 3
.5 cr. hrs.;
0.5 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of the role of chemicals commonly used in agricultural production, including insecticides, herbicides, seed treatments and livestock chemicals. Emphasis is placed on the identification of weeds, insects and plant diseases, as well as prevention, control, and eradication of these problems. Laboratory exercises focus on weed and insect scouting, procedures used in handling and applying chemicals and comparisons of various pest management practices. Continuation of AG 136.

AG 201 Advanced Ag Work Experience Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 102/AG 107, AG 102/AG 108, and concurrent enrollment in AG 207 or AG 208.
Special emphasis on preparing for advanced training for final supervised work-education experience and career planning.

AG 211 Ag Salesmanship
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of the basic principles and theories of salesmanship with considerable emphasis given to the practical application. Role playing will be utilized to stress techniques. Sales aids, market promotion and advertising will be included.

AG 282 Introduction to Soil Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry recommended.
Origin, classification and distribution of soils and their relationship to man and food production. Fundamentals of biological, chemical and physical properties of soils. Laboratory exercises and/or field trips on major topics.
IAI: AG 904

BIOL 211 General Botany
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Study of plants emphasizing structure, physiology, growth, ecology, botanical keys and identification of trees; also includes classification and life cycles. IAI: L1 901L

HORT 190 ID of Landscape Plant
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The identification of shrubs used in landscaping. Discussion of cultural requirements, insects, and diseases found on these plants along with emphasis on pruning, transplanting, and design use.

HORT 191 Beginning Floral Design
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The principles of design using flowers and foliage are discussed with emphasis on how these principles of design impact everyday life.

HORT 192 Landscape Design
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The basic appearance, presentation, and placement of ornamental horticulture plants in the landscape. Concepts of balance, form, harmony, and focal points as they relate to commercial and home landscape are emphasized.

HORT 193 Trees/Aboriculture
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The identification, care and use of nature and introduced trees. Special emphasis on techniques such as cabling and pruning.

HORT 194 Identification of Horticultural Plants
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course includes the study of structures, physiology, reproduction and the identification of common horticulture plants. Basic horticultural practices are emphasized.

HORT 195 Vegetable Production
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Designed to give the garden grower general knowledge regarding common vegetable crops. Emphasis is on growing conditions and proper care of vegetables.

HORT 196 Perennials and Ground Cover
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides a working knowledge of herbaceous perennials such as irises, peonies, lilies, and many others with respect to diseases, insects, propagation, and design.

HORT 198 Turf and Lawn Management
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The management and care of various turf grasses and their related problems. Emphasis is placed on practical equipment instruction, weeds, insects and diseases as they relate to golf courses, parks, sod production and home lawns.

HORT 203 Horticulture Research Internship
.5-2 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 2.5-10 lab hours.
Prerequisites: One year required horticulture courses and instructor consent.
Study of special problems or research in the areas of horticulture. Experience of facilities such as the Quad City Botanic Garden. 8 weeks experience.

HORT 210 Horticulture Work Experience
5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 40 lab hours per week.
Eight weeks of supervised training in an approved horticulture business. Reports by the student and job satisfactory performance required for credit.

HORT 284 Intro to Horticultural Science
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to the principles and practices involved in the development, production and use of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, turf, nursery, floral and landscape). IAI: AG 905

HORT 292 Greenhouse Crops
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Designed for study of major greenhouse crops normally produced in the fall/spring or year around. Light, water, fertilization, disease and insect control, use of chemical growth regulators, crop scheduling and cost accounting, and marketing theory are emphasized.

HORT 293 Small Fruits and Viticulture
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of bramble fruits (red and black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and others), and grapes and their production. Emphasis is on growing conditions, cultural practices and production of small fruits.

HORT 294 Greenhouse Management
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Emphasis on greenhouse equipment, maintenance, installation and design. Special topics include: fertilizer injectors; pesticide spraying equipment; steam sterilization systems; and heating, cooling, and CO2 units. Methods of energy conservation in the greenhouse, crop fertilization and watering practices.

HORT 295 Landscape Const Maint & Operation
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Techniques and uses of materials as they relate to construction of various features. Emphasis is on using surveying instruments and concrete and paving materials and many other landscape components.

HORT 296 Horticulture Business Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of retail and wholesale horticulture business management. Field trips include local nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers, seed and equipment dealers. Emphasis is on financing, tax records, land purchase, and purchase, advertising, ownership and small business practices. The course will include a case-study of a horticulture related business of student interest.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines skills needed in informal face-to-face communication; emphasizes self-concept and interaction with others.