Alamance Community College
2020 Calendar Year

Horticulture Technology • Semester by Semester

*This program combines seated, hybrid, and online course options.
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HOR-160 Plant Materials I 4 3
HOR-160   Plant Materials I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers identification, culture, characteristics, and use of plants in a sustainable landscape. Emphasis is placed on nomenclature, identification, growth requirements, cultural requirements, soil preferences, and landscape applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the proper selection and utilization of plant materials, including natives and invasive plants.

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TRF-220 Turfgrass Calculations 2 2
TRF-220   Turfgrass Calculations PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the specific math concepts and calculations necessary in the turfgrass industry. Emphasis is placed on calibration of equipment used in the application of fertilizers and pesticides and calculation of solid materials used in construction. Upon completion, students should be able to correctly perform basic calculations and calibrations and estimate materials needed in specific professional turfgrass management situations.

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HOR-162 Applied Plant Science 4 3
HOR-162   Applied Plant Science PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the basic concepts of botany as they apply to horticulture. Topics include nomenclature, physiology, morphology, and anatomy as they apply to plant culture. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the basic principles of botany to horticulture.

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HOR-166 Soils and Fertilizers 4 3
HOR-166   Soils and Fertilizers PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the physical and chemical properties of soils and soil fertility and management. Topics include soil formation; classification; physical, chemical, and biological properties (including microorganisms); testing; and fertilizer application. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze, evaluate, and properly amend soils/media according to sustainable practices.

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ACA-111 College Student Success 1 1
ACA-111   College Student Success PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

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Semester Total 15 12
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HOR-116 Landscape Management I 4 3
HOR-116   Landscape Management I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers information and skills necessary to analyze a property and develop a management schedule. Emphasis is placed on property measurement, plant condition, analysis of client needs, and plant culture needs. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze a property, develop management schedules, and implement practices based on client needs.

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HOR-168 Plant Propagation 4 3
HOR-168   Plant Propagation PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course is a study of sexual and asexual reproduction of plants. Emphasis is placed on seed propagation, grafting, stem and root propagation, micro-propagation, and other propagation techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully propagate ornamental plants.

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HOR-118 Equipment Operation and Maintenance 4 2
HOR-118   Equipment Operation and Maintenance PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the proper operation and maintenance of selected equipment used in horticulture. Emphasis is placed on the maintenance, minor repairs, safety devices, and actual operation of selected equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to design a maintenance schedule, service equipment, and demonstrate safe operation of selected equipment.

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Semester Total 12 8
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HOR-114 Landscape Construction 4 3
HOR-114   Landscape Construction PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the design and fabrication of landscape structures/features. Emphasis is placed on safety, tool identification and use, material selection, construction techniques, and fabrication. Upon completion, students should be able to design and construct common landscape structures/features.

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HOR-215 Landscape Irrigation 4 3
HOR-215   Landscape Irrigation PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces basic irrigation design, layout, and installation. Topics include site analysis, components of irrigation systems, safety, types of irrigation systems, and installation techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to design and install basic landscape irrigation systems.

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ENG-115 Oral Communication 3 3
ENG-115   Oral Communication PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-096

This course introduces the basic principles of oral communication in both small group and public settings. Emphasis is placed on the components of the communication process, group decision-making, and public address. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the principles of effective oral communication in small group and public settings.

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Semester Total 11 9
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HOR-112 Landscape Design I 5 3
HOR-112   Landscape Design I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers landscape principles and practices for residential and commercial sites. Emphasis is placed on drafting, site analysis, and common elements of good design, plant material selection, and proper plant utilization (encouraged use of native plants and discouraged use of invasive species). Upon completion, students should be able to read plans and draft a landscape design according to sustainable practices.

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HOR-164 Horticultural Pest Management 4 3
HOR-164   Horticultural Pest Management PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the identification and management of plant pests including insects, diseases, and weeds. Topics include pest identification and beneficial organisms, pesticide application safety and use of least toxic methods of management. Upon completion, students should be able to manage common landscape pests using least toxic methods of control and be prepared to sit for North Carolina Commercial Pesticide Ground Applicators license.

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HOR-257 Arboriculture Practices 4 2
HOR-257   Arboriculture Practices PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the culture and maintenance of trees and shrubs. Topics include fertilization, pruning, approved climbing techniques, pest control, and equipment use and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to properly prune trees and shrubs and perform arboricultural practices.

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HOR-152 Horticultural Practices 3 1
HOR-152   Horticultural Practices PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the maintenance of ornamental plantings and production areas. Topics include maintenance of flower beds, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, and container and field nursery stock using sound horticultural practices. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the principles and practices of maintaining ornamental landscape plantings.

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WBL-110 World of Work 1 1
WBL-110   World of Work PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers basic knowledge necessary for gaining and maintaining employment. Topics include job search skills, work ethic, meeting employer expectations, workplace safety, and human relations. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully make the transition from school to work.

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HOR-253 Horticulture Turfgrass 4 3
HOR-253   Horticulture Turfgrass PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers information and skill development necessary to establish and manage landscape turfgrasses. Topics include grass identification, establishment, cultural requirements, application of control products, fertilization, and overseeding techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze a landscape site and determine those cultural and physical activities needed to establish or mange a quality turf.

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Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
Semester Total 24 16
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HOR-134 Greenhouse Operations 4 3
HOR-134   Greenhouse Operations PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the principles and procedures involved in the operation and maintenance of greenhouse facilities. Emphasis is placed on the operation of greenhouse systems, including the environmental control, record keeping, scheduling, and production practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to operate greenhouse systems and facilities to produce greenhouse crops.

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HOR-273 Horticultural Management & Marketing 3 3
HOR-273   Horticultural Management & Marketing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the steps involved in starting or managing a horticultural business. Topics include financing, regulations, market analysis, employer/employee relations, formulation of business plans, and operational procedures in a horticultural business. Upon completion, students should be able to assume ownership or management of a horticultural business.

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HOR-277 Horticultural Sales & Services 3 3
HOR-277   Horticultural Sales & Services PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces various strategies for marketing horticulture products and services. Topics include wholesale, retail, and consignment sales; advertising media; costing products and services; preparing estimates, bids, and proposals; and consumer relations. Upon completion, students should be able to develop a marketing strategy for various horticulture products and services.

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Science Elective 3 3-4
Horticulture Elective 3 3
Semester Total 16 15-16
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HOR-170 Horticultural Computer Applications 4 2
HOR-170   Horticultural Computer Applications PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces computer programs as they apply to the horticulture industry. Emphasis is placed on applications of software for plant identification, design, and irrigation. Upon completion, students should be able to use computer programs in horticultural situations.

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Horticulture Elective 3 2-3
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Semester Total 7 4-5
TOTAL CREDITS 64-66

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