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Horticulture (HORT)
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The Horticulture degree program is designed to prepare individuals for employment within the horticulture field generally and within the various specializations of horticulture specifically. These jobs and specialties include ornamental horticulture, greenhouse operations and management, landscaping operations and management, nursery operations and management, and turf, parks, and grounds management. This program will also prepare individuals for jobs as supervisors and workers in horticulture. Additionally, it will provide training for those interested in horticulture from a continuing education perspective or small business ownership. ┬╣General Education Hours (18) Recommended Electives BMG 1204 Small Business Mgmt and Operations* 2 HRT 1206 Woody Plant Maintenance 3 HRT 1207 Perennial, Biennial & Annual Plant ID 3 HRT 2209 Landscape Irrigation Design & Installation 3 *It is highly recommended that students take BMG 1204 if they intend to become owners/operators of greenhouse, landscape, or other horticultural small businesses.

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Semester 1
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FA2014
SP2015
ENG 1201
Communications
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This course is designed to develop the student's appreciation of the value of communication between individuals and between business and industries. It is to provide a practical application for today's trades, business, and industrial workers, particularly in the comprehension and expression of written English as it applies to business letters, reports, and memoranda.

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ENG 1111
Composition I
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Composition I is an introductory course in composition and rhetoric emphasizing expository prose. Major focus is on organization, paragraph structure, and elimination of mechanical errors. The writing course sequence will (1) develop awareness of the writing process; (2) provide inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stress the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasize critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. Grade of C or better is required for IAI transfer credit. (Not to be used for humanities credit)

HRT 1201
Landscape Plant Identification
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This course presents the materials necessary for the identification of a collection of woody perennial plants that are used or commonly appear in the residential landscape. The plant's characteristics including:size, shape, fruit, fall color, flowers, and landscape value are included. The limitations and environmental requirements are discussed to assist in creation of optimum growing conditions.

HRT 1208
Introduction to Horticulture
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Introduction to Horticulture will acquaint the student with a basic understanding of plants' form and function. This course will cover employability opportunities and skills necessary for employment which will be reinforced throughout the remainder of the program.

HRT 1209
Greenhouse Operation
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This is an introductory course designed to give the student a basic understanding of the maintenance and proper use of greenhouse structures and equipment. Proper safety procedures, growing techniques, and management practices used in producing greenhouse crops are covered.

HRT 2210
Special Topics in Horticulture
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This is a special topics class in horticulture.

Term Total
15
Semester 2
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FA2014
SP2015
HRT 1202
Pest Control
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This course will provide identification of major pests, their life cycles and the damage they cause. Feasibility and methods of pest control are covered including the proper use and identification and use of pesticides. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to pass the Illinois Commercial Pesticide Operator Core Test and the Private Pesticide Applicator Test.

HRT 1204
Landscape Design and Installation
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This course presents the principles of landscape design, their application and use in solving specific landscape issues. Topics discussed include:identification and establishment of landscape needs, site analysis, landscape architectural sign language, selection of landscape materials and structures, steps involved in the backward process of design, plant material characteristics (with regard to form, texture, and color), plant material selection, and the identification of the architectural relationship of the plant materials to the structures in the public and private areas of the landscape.

HRT 2203
Nursery Operations
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This course is an introduction to the techniques and practices used in the commercial production of nursery crops. Topics included are:herbaceous perennials, ground covers, deciduous shrubs and trees, conifers and broadleaf evergreens. Greenhouse and nursery production techniques will be emphasized.

HRT 2210
Special Topics in Horticulture
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This is a special topics class in horticulture.

HRT 2212
Hort Computer Applications
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This course is designed to provide horticulture major's basic computer skills needed to successfully function in the horticulture business environment. Basic applications in Microsoft Office will be covered including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint and how they apply to the Horticulture field. Entrepreneurial skill development and critical thinking are emphasized through horticultural applications, lab exercises and projects.

LSC 1105
Environmental Biology
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This course is a study of the relationships of natural resources to human's social and economic welfare. It is designed to make students aware of components, structures, and functions of ecological processes and human impacts on the environment. It includes the history and causes of present environmental problems and analysis of proposed solutions.

Term Total
18
Semester 3
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FA2014
SP2015
HRT 1203
Plant Propagation I
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This course is an introduction to the art and science of plant propagation. Basic theories essential to plant propagation will be discussed. Topics include:propagation by seed, leaf, root and stem cuttings, environmental control and growth regulators.

HRT 2201
Landscape Design & Construction
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This course is a continuation of HRT 1204, Landscape Design and Installation. Students are exposed to landscape implementation and construction techniques. Materials covered include:landscape bed and edging installation, patio and deck installation as well as walks, steps and retaining walls. Other topics included are:pools, fountains, bridges, boulders, landscape containers and lighting. PREREQUISITE: HRT 1204 Landscape Design and Installation or concurrent enrollment in HRT 1204.

HRT 2205
Turf Grass Management
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This course material includes turfgrass identification, propagation, and maintenance for lawns, athletic fields, and golf courses. Topics include:irrigation, sodding techniques, weeds identification, insects and disease identification and control. Other topics presented are:selection of turfgrasses and equipment.

HRT 2210
Special Topics in Horticulture
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This is a special topics class in horticulture.

MTH 1103
Liberal Arts Math
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This course is designed to fulfill general education requirements. This course focuses on mathematical reasoning and problem-solving strategies with real-life applications. Four topics, chosen from the following list, will be studied in depth: Counting techniques and probability, game theory, geometry, graph theory, linear programming, logic/set theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics of finance, statistics. The use of calculators and other technology is strongly encouraged. PREREQUISITE: PRE 0420 Intermediate Algebra and PRE 0415 Elementary Geometry with a grade of C or better, or REM 0422 Math Literacy, or two years of college preparatory algebra and one year geometry with a grade of C or better, or sufficient score on the placement test, or consent of instructor.

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MTH 1201
Technical Mathematics
3
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This course is designed for students enrolled in technical programs. Topics include: measurement and approximation, algebraic principles and operation, identification and use of formulas. In addition, geometric and trigonometric principles may also be covered if applicable to the program area. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematical concepts to the solution of problems in vocational and technical fields. PREREQUISITE: REM 0420 Basic Math with a C or better or scoring at beginning algebra level on placement exam.

SPE 1111
Interpersonal Communications
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This is an introductory course in interpersonal and intrapersonal communication. Verbal and nonverbal communication are emphasized as they relate to conversation between individuals, small group discussions, short speeches, and oral reports.

Term Total
17
Semester 4
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FA2014
SP2015
GEN 2297
Employment Skills
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This course prepares the student for job interviews, job placement, and employment. Verbal and written communication skills are implemented through assigned reports. Topics of discussion and debate range from securing and keeping a job to individual attitudes, work habits, work ethics, and interviewing skills. The student will be required to prepare a written resume and to apply communication skills in practical situations.

HRT 2202
Plant Propagation II
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This course is a continuation of HRT 1203, Plant Propagation I. The effects of environmental factors, growth regulators, grafting, budding and tissue culture techniques are emphasized. Propagation of tunicate and non-tunicate bulbs, rhizomes, stolons and seedless vascular plants are discussed. PREREQUISITE: HRT 1203 Plant Propagation I.

HRT 2204
Bedding Plant Production
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This course is an introduction to the identification and commercial production of bedding plants. The material includes:media preparation, seed sowing, transplanting, plant growth & development, finishing and sale.

HRT 2206
Nursery Operations II
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This course is a continuation of HRT 2203 Nursery Operations I. The study of commercial nursery stock production emphasizes plant growth patterns and responses in relation to the soil, water, and fertility. Othertopics included are:wholesale and retail marketing, inventory control and laws, regulations, and codes as they apply to the nursery industry. Financial management, nursery site selection and organization are introduced. PREREQUISITE: HRT 2203 Nursery Operations I.

HRT 2207
Landscape Plant Maintenance
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This course will cover the practical application of grounds maintenance techniques. Topics presented include:pruning, marketing landscape maintenance, estimating, personnel management, water and fertilization management, the use of color and maintenance of equipment.

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Humanities/Social Science Elective marked
3
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Term Total
16
Semester 5
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SP2015
HRT 2216
Internship
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This course is an internship designed to specifically provide hands on work experience in the field of horticulture. The program coordinator and supervisor work together to document the work experience. The internship is based on 75 contact hours of work experience for each semester credit hour. PREREQUISITE: Completion of the first-year's program requirements or consent of the instructor.

Term Total
3
Electives
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FA2014
SP2015
BMG 1204
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HRT 1206
Woody Plant Maintenance
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This course covers the practical application of grounds maintenance techniques. Topics include:Transplanting shade trees, fertilizing and watering shade trees, identifying and controlling tree and shrub insects and establishing the value of trees.

HRT 1207
Perennial, Biennial & Annual ID
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This course discusses the identification and characteristics of commercially produced and newly introduced perennials and some biennials. The plant's common and scientific name, and characteristics such as: hardiness zone, size, habit flower type, color and effective time; culture, propagation and cultivars, pests, and diseases are presented and discussed.

HRT 2209
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Term Total
Program Total
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We recommend that you contact an advisor before enrolling in any degree, certificate, or transfer program to ensure all requirements are met including total hours associated with transfer courses.

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