Horticulture Science Certificate

Last updated 5/29/2014

Certificate Code 9646

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


The one year certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge for occupations in the field of horticulture. Specific jobs include nursery person, grounds keeper, floral arranger, landscape worker, turf and golf course manager, greenhouse production worker, garden center worker and many others.

Horticulture Science Certificate
Certificate Code 9646
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
AG 101 — Introductory Agriculture Seminar (1)
AG 131 — Soils and Soil Fertility (4)
HORT 192 — Landscape Design (3)
HORT 284 — Intro to Horticulture Science (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 296 — Horticulture Business Management (3)

Minimum Total Hours Required for Certificate (30)

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 131 Soils and Soil Fertility
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Basic course dealing with the formation, physical, chemical, colloidal, and biological properties of soils. Special emphasis is given to soil conditions that affect plant growth and crop yields. Laboratory experience in texture, structure and fertility.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Horticulture Science Certificate