Horticulture - EH12

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Environmental Horticulture Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in environmental horticulture. The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain or upgrade present knowledge and skills.

 

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

 

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Core Courses (8 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

Prereqs: Diploma Level Math Scores OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
Occupational Courses (21 hours)
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the fundamentals of plant science and horticulture as a career field. Emphasis will be placed on an industry overview; plant morphology; plant physiology; environmental factors affecting horticulture practices; soil physical and chemical properties; fertilizer elements and analysis; and basic propagation techniques.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides the basis for a fundamental understanding of the taxonomy, identification, and culture requirements of woody plants. Topics include: introduction to woody plants, classification of woody plants, and woody plant identification and culture requirements.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the identification, selection, and cultural requirements of herbaceous plants. Topics include: introduction to herbaceous plants, plant classification and nomenclature of herbaceous plants, herbaceous plant identification and culture requirements and seasonal color management.
HORT
1080
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to the principles and mechanisms of integrated pest management across a diverse array of pests including insects, weeds, plant pathogens, nematodes and vertebrates. Specifically, the course will provide students with a fundamental and practical understanding of integrated pest management in a landscape setting with emphasis on pest identification and control; pesticide application safety; and legal requirements for state licensure.
XXX
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Guided Elective
3
Choose One of the Following (3 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course is designed to assist the learner to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic, personal, and professional success and to improve student retention. Areas of importance include Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Personal Financial Management, Stress Management and Wellness, Studying and Test Taking Skills, Communication Skills, Career Planning and Goal Setting, Computer Applications/Technology Skills and Employability/Professional Skills.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to computer applications for the development of analytical and problem-solving workplace skills. The course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Topics include file management, word processing software, database software, spreadsheet software, and presentation software skill development. The course also introduces terminology related to computer hardware, computer networks, and social and ethical concepts.
Choose One of the Following (3 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Provides the student with practical experience in an actual job setting. This internship allows the student to become involved in on-the-job environmental horticulture applications that require practice and follow through. Topics include: work ethics, skills, and attitudes; demands of the horticulture industry; horticultural business management; and labor supervision.
XXX
xxx
HORT Elective
3
Choose One of the Following Specializations (15 - 16 hours)
8GH2 - General Horticulture Specialization (15 - 16 hours)
Horticulture Courses - Minimum 15 Credit Hours Required (15 - 16 hours)
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course helps to prepare students for a career in the management of commercial greenhouses, conservatories and institutional greenhouses. Emphasis is placed on greenhouse construction; operation and management; regulating and controlling the environment; applying cultural practices as they affect plant physiological processes and influence plant growth and development; and management of a greenhouse business.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course develops fundamental skills in landscape construction with an emphasis on landscape grading, drainage, retaining walls, and pavements. Topics include workplace safety, site preparation, project layout, construction methods, sequencing, and managerial functions.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Develops skills necessary to propagate and produce both container and field grown nursery stock. Topics include: industry overview, facility design, propagation techniques and environment, field grown and container production, and managerial functions for nursery production.
HORT
1060
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces design principles, drawing skills, and plant selection techniques required to produce landscape plans for residential/commercial clients. Topics include: landscape design principles, sketching and drawing skills, site analysis, plant and material selection, and landscape design process.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course develops skills needed for the proper selection, installation, and establishment of landscape trees, shrubs, groundcovers, turf, and flowers. Topics include workplace safety, interpreting a landscape plan, soil preparation, planting methods, post care and establishment, and managerial functions for landscape installers.
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces cultural techniques required for proper landscape management with emphasis on practical application and managerial techniques. Topics include: landscape management, safe operation and maintenance of landscape equipment, and administrative functions for landscape managers.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course presents managerial techniques required for business success in a chosen horticultural field. All aspects of establishing and managing a small business will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on strategic planning; financial management; marketing strategies; human resource management; and operations and administration.

Prereqs: HORT 1030, HORT 1050

Coreqs: None

This course provides instruction and hands-on experience in crop production with emphasis on the production of seasonal crops for the local areas and managerial skills involved with crop production. The technical principles of plant propagation focusing on hands-on application are introduced. Topics include cultural controls for propagation and production, insects and diseases, production and scheduling, methods of propagation (seed germination, rooting cuttings, layering, grafting, and budding, tissue culture),and propagation facilities construction.

 

HORT
1310
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Provides students with exposure to the basic principles of hydraulics and fluidics. Special attention is given to watering plant materials in various soil and climatic conditions through the use of irrigation. Topics include: industry overview; fluidics and hydraulics; system design and installation.
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

A study of turfgrass used in the southern United States. Topics include: industry overview, soil and soil modification; soil fertility; turf installation; turf maintenance, turf diseases, insects and weeds: and estimating costs on management practices.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides instruction in basic small engine maintenance.  Topics include: engine types; ignition systems; fuel systems; lubrication, filtration, and maintenance; and engine repair.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces computer aided landscape design techniques and used in landscape design projects. Emphasis is placed on practical application of landscape design processes through use of computer applications. Topics include: software commands; scale and layers operations; and drawing and design.
HORT
1750
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course develops students' skills in designing, installing, and maintaining interior plantings. Topics include: an industry overview, environmental requirements, nutrient requirements, maintenance practices, plant disorders, and designs and installations.

 

Environmental Horticulture Students

Related Program Options:

Horticulture Degree
Landscape Specialist TCC

Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Advisors

Kerry Watts
Environmental Horticulture Program Coordinator
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 200
Phone: (229) 249-2662
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus