Horticulture Technology

Mission Statement

The Alamance Community College Horticulture Technology Department is dedicated to educating current and future generation professionals in our industry through quality instruction and practical application of knowledge and innovative techniques. We are committed to supporting local industry, enhancing health and the environment through stewardship and sharing knowledge of plants, the land and natural systems that sustain life on earth.

The Horticulture Technology program at Alamance Community College offers courses that provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in the green industry. It is a unique program designed to provide comprehensive knowledge of horticultural practices through a hands-on approach.

The program offers a variety of courses which cover the broad range of subject matter within the discipline of Horticulture. Some of the course topics are as follows: applied plant science, plant identification, propagation, greenhouse operations, arboriculture, landscape irrigation, sales, marketing, landscape design, construction and management.

The overall goal of this program is to provide students with a thorough and well-rounded education in horticulture that prepares them for employment in the industry. In addition to the knowledge and skills implemented in the program, students are introduced and exposed to the industry through field trips, guest speakers and numerous opportunities to attend industry trade-shows, conferences and symposiums. These opportunities offered to students enhance the educational experience by providing a better look into the diverse career paths available in horticulture as well as networking opportunities with potential employers in the local area and throughout the nation.

Below, there are two videos for you to check out what our department has to offer! The first video is a virtual reality (360 degree) tour and the second video has comments from faculty members and students. 

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer 2nd Year, Fall 2nd Year, Spring
HOR 160, Plant Materials I (3) HOR 116, Landscape Management I (3) HOR 114, Landscape Construction (3) HOR 112, Landscape Design I (3) HUM/FA Elective (3)
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3) HOR 134, Greenhouse Operations (3) HOR 215, Landscape Irrigation (3) HOR 164, Hort Pest Management (3) ENG 115, Oral Communications OR COM 231, Public Speaking (3)
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR 161, Plant Materials II (3)   HOR 253, Horticulture Turfgrass (3) HOR 273, Hor Mgmt. & Marketing (3)
MAT 110, Math Measurements & Literacy (3) HOR 168, Plant Propagation (3)   HOR 257, Arboriculture Practices (2) HOR Elective (3)
PTE 115, Pathway to Employment - Ag & Nat Res (3) ENG 110, Freshman Composition OR ENG 111, Writing and Inquiry (3) SOC/BEH SCI Elective (3) HOR Elective, HOR 245, OR WBL XXX (2 or 3)
       
 
Total Hours: 15 Total Hours: 15 Total Hours: 6 Total Hours: 14 Total Hours: 14 or 15
Total Hours: 64-65

Students will take 5 or 6 credit hours from the following elective courses:
WBL 111 and 121 or 112 (2) (F, S, SS)
HOR 213 Landscape Design II (3) (S)
HOR 225 Nursery Production (3) (S)
HOR 266 Micropropagation  (3) (S)
AGR 139 Intro to Sustainable Ag. (3) (F)

 

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer 2nd Year, Fall 2nd Year, Spring
HOR 160, Plant Materials I (3) HOR 116, Landscape Management I (3) HOR 114, Landscape Construction (3) HOR 112, Landscape Design I (3) HOR 213, Landscape Design II (3)
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3) HOR 161, Plant Materials II (3)   HOR 164, Hort Pest Management (3)  
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) ENG 115, Oral Communications (3)   HOR 253, Horticulture Turfgrass (3)  
         
    MAT 110, Math Measurements & Literacy (3)  
       
 
Total Hours: 9 Total Hours: 9 Total Hours: 3 Total Hours: 12 Total Hours: 3
Total Hours: 36

 

 

 

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer 2nd Year, Fall 2nd Year, Spring
HOR 160, Plant Materials I (3) HOR 273, Hor Mgmt. & Marketing (3) ENG 115, Oral Communications (3) HOR 164, Hort Pest Management (3) HOR 225, Nursery Production (3)
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3) HOR 161, Plant Materials II (3)   MAT 110, Math Measurements & Literacy (3) HOR 134, Greenhouse Operations (3)
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR 168, Plant Propagation (3)     HOR 266, Micropropagation (3)
       
      HOR 245, Hort. Specialty Crops (3)
     
Total Hours: 9 Total Hours: 9 Total Hours: 3 Total Hours: 6 Total Hours: 12
Total Hours: 39

 

 

 

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring  
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3) HOR 134, Greenhouse Operations (3)  
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR 245, Specialty Crops (3)  
     
HOR 164, Hort Pest Management (3) HOR 273, Hor Mgmt. & Marketing (3)  
     
     
Total Hours: 9 Total Hours: 9  
Total Hours: 18  

 

1st Year, Fall  
HOR 160, Plant Materials I (3)  
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3)  
AGR 170, Soil Science (3)  
MAT 110, Math Measurements & Literacy (3)  
PTE 115, Pathway to Employ-Ag & Nat. Res. (3)  
   
Total Hours:15  

 

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring  
MAT 110, Math Measurements & Literacy (3) HOR 116, Landscape Management I (3)  
HOR 164, Hort Pest Management (3) HOR 273, Hor Mgmt. & Marketing (3)  
     
     
     
     
Total Hours: 6 Total Hours: 6  
Total Hours: 12  

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring  
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR 161, Plant Materials II (3)  
HOR 160, Plant Materials I (3) HOR 213, Landscape Design II (3)  
     
HOR 112, Landscape Design I (3)    
     
     
Total Hours: 9 Total Hours: 6  
Total Hours: 15  

 

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer  
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR 116, Landscape Management I (3) HOR 114, Landscape Construction (3)  
HOR 164, Hort Pest Management (3) HOR 161, Plant Materials II (3) HOR 215, Landscape Irrigation (3)  
       
       
   
   
Total Hours: 6 Total Hours: 6 Total Hours: 6  
Total Hours: 18  

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer 2nd Year, Fall
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR 161, Plant Materials II (3)   HOR 164, Hort. Pest Management (3)
PTE 115, Pathways to Employment-Ag & Nat. Res. (3) MAT 110, Math Measurements & Literacy (3)   HOR 253, Horticulture Turfgrass (3)
       
       
     
     
 
Total Hours: 6 Total Hours: 6 Total Hours: 0 Total Hours: 6
Total Hours: 18

 

 

 

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer 2nd Year, Fall
AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR 161, Plant Materials II (3)   HOR 257, Arboriculture Practices (2)
HOR 160, Plant Materials I (3)     MAT 110, Math Measurements & Literacy (3)
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3)      
       
     
     
 
Total Hours: 9 Total Hours: 3 Total Hours: 0 Total Hours: 5
Total Hours: 17

Career Options

  • Landscape Management
  • Greenhouse/Nursery Production
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Garden Center Sales Associate
  • Golf Course/Sports Maintenance

Salary Information

Entry-level range: $8.50-$14.50 an hour

With five years experience: $35,000 – $55,000 per year (contingent on economy and geographic location)

Please use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to research employment and career data by field of degree.

Information about the Occupational Outlook Handbook can be found here.

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Riley
336-506-4192
elizabeth.riley@alamancecc.edu