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Horticulture Transfer AS

Last updated 8/18/2015

Associate in Science Code 1539

Program Contacts:
East Campus
Recruiter, 309-854-1724
Jeff Hawes, 309-854-1835,
Jason Grice,

Students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate program with a major in horticulture have the opportunity to enroll in the Horticulture Transfer program at Black Hawk College East Campus. This program enables students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in horticulture including the general education requirements. The Horticulture Transfer program is part of the nationally recognized agriculture programs at Black Hawk College East Campus.

All Black Hawk College transfer courses have been articulated with the four Illinois universities that offer degrees in agriculture including Illinois State, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Western Illinois University.

These articulation agreements allow students completing an Associate’s degree to easily transfer to these four-year institutions. Many graduates who complete agriculture related degrees at the East Campus have also successfully transferred to universities throughout the nation such as Purdue, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Colorado Sate and Texas A & M.

Students should work closely with an academic advisor to plan a two-year program designed to meet degree requirements or contact the transfer institution.

Horticulture Transfer AS
Associate in Science Code 1539
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
AG 100 — Introduction to Agriculture (1)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
HORT 284 — Intro to Horticulture Science (3)
Humanities  Elective (3)
3Life Science Elective (4)
Social & Behavioral Science Elective (3)
1HORT/AG Elective (2)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
3Life Science Elective (4)
Mathematics Elective (3)

Third Semester
Fine Arts Elective (3)
Mathematics  or  Computer Science Elective (3)
2Physical Science Elective (4)
Non-Western Studies Elective (3)
1HORT/AG Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
Humanities  or  Fine Arts Elective (3)
2Physical Science Elective (4)
Social & Behavioral Science Electives (6)
1HORT/AG Elective (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Suggested HORT/AG electives include: HORT 191, HORT 193, HORT 198, AG 281, AG 282, AG 283, AG 289.
2 Suggested Physical Science electives include: CHEM 101, CHEM 102.
3 Suggested Life Science electives include: BIOL 108, BIOL 211

Courses for this program include: »

AG 100 Introduction to Agriculture
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of agriculture in our modern society. Emphasis on leadership development, educational goals and employment opportunities. Brief orientation to the College and agriculture division.

AG 281 Agricultural Economics
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to the principles of economics including production principles; production costs, supply and revenue; profit maximization; consumption and demand; price elasticity; market price determination; and competitive versus noncompetitive market models. These principles are applied to agriculture and the role of agriculture in the United States and world economies. Other topics include a survey of the world food situation; natural, human and capital resources; commodity product marketing; and agricultural problems and policies. IAI: AG 901

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

AG 283 Field Crop Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Basic principles applicable to the planting, cultivating and harvesting of the more important crops, their improvement, production methods and uses will be covered. Importance of field crops in providing food and fiber, methods of weed and insect control, study of diseases and their control, and new developments in crop production will be given emphasis. IAI: AG 903

AG 289 Microcomputer Skills for Agriculture
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts, principles and applications of microcomputers as they apply to agriculture and business. Students will learn agriculture and business applications of several common software packages in use today. Evaluation of current software will also be a focus. IAI: AG 913

BIOL 108 Principles of Biology I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The first of a two semester sequence in introductory biology which covers the chemistry of living organisms, cellular biology, respiration, photosynthesis, classical and molecular genetics and biotechnology. IAI: L1 900L

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

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 110; or the completion of MATH 112 “C” or better, Math 118 “C” or better, or Math 123 “C or better, or by Algebra assessment.
Fundamental principles of stoichiometry, periodicity, atomic structure and thermochemistry with applications to gases, liquids, solids and solutions. IAI: P1 902L; CHM 911

CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 101.
Continuation of CHEM 101. Equilibrium calculations, electrochemistry, acid-base theory, coordination compounds, inorganic chemistry. IAI: CHM 912

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

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 193 Trees/Aboriculture
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The identification of shrubs used in landscaping. Discussion of cultural requirements, insects, & diseases found on these plants along with emphasis on pruning, transplanting, and design use.

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

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