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Horticulture (HORT)
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The Horticulture certificate 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.

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Fall Semester
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FA2014
SP2015
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 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.

Term Total
16
Spring Semester
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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 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 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.

MTH 1201
Technical Mathematics
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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.

Term Total
18
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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