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SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURE FOCUS AREA

This focus area introduces the principles and practices of horticulture sustainability. Sustainability is a multidisciplinary approach to the study and management of natural resources, economic systems, built environments and human culture to support today’s society without jeopardizing future society’s ability to meet their own needs. Courses can range from horticulture, economics, environmental science, sociology, and landscape architecture. Graduates with this area can seek careers in local and regional resource management and planning, private industry, public service, and consulting.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (120 TOTAL HOURS)

37-47 Hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences

26-28 Hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology

18 Hours Horticulture Electives
Sustainable and Organic Horticulture, Professional Landscape Management, Turf Integrated Pest Management

12 Hours Discipline-Related Electives
Sustainable Landscape Practices, Plants and Environmental Restoration, Environmental Soil and Water Conservation, Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycling, Soil Fertility, Foundations of Sustainability, Applications of Sustainability

15-27 Hours General Electives
This section gives you the freedom to choose from courses across the university that further your career goals. If you have college courses to transfer in, they can transfer here.

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LANDSCAPE AND ORNAMENTALS CONCENTRATION

This concentration will teach the student principles of ornamental plant production, plant materials, landscape design, landscape installation and construction, and landscape management. Graduates with this concentration have a variety of career options including greenhouse and nursery production, landscape design and installation, residential and commercial landscape management or other areas of ornamental horticulture including public gardening or industry-related sales and consulting.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (120 TOTAL HOURS)

37-47 Hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences

26-28 Hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology

18 Hours Horticulture Electives
Turfgrass Management, Woody Landscape Plants, Herbaceous and Indoor Plants, Professional Landscape Management, and Practical Landscape Planning

12 Hours Discipline-Related Electives
Horticultural Crop Physiology, Sustainable Nursery Production, Small Power Units and Turf Equipment with lab, Surveying in Agriculture and Forestry, and Irrigation

15-27 Hours General Electives
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PRODUCTION (FRUITS, VEGETABLES & ORNAMENTALS)

This concentration introduces growing, harvesting, and processing of vegetable, fruit, and ornamental/landscape crops. Both traditional field and nursery production systems and hydroponic systems are studied in this concentration. Graduates in this concentration have career opportunities in large-scale vegetable and fruit production including hydroponic systems, ornamental plant production, tissue culture labs, hydroponic greenhouses, and sales/consulting.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (120 TOTAL HOURS)

37-47 Hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences

26-28 Hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology

18 Hours Horticulture Electives
Introduction to Turf Management, Vegetable Crops, Fruit Production Science, Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture Lab, Greenhouse Crops Production with lab.

12 Hours Discipline-Related Electives
Horticultural Crop Physiology, Nursery Management, Horticulture Special Problems

15-27 Hours General Electives
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TURFGRASS SCIENCE CONCENTRATION WITH MINOR IN AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS

This concentration is ideal for students who enjoy working outdoors and also enjoy an association with golf courses, sports teams, commercial or residential lawns, or public green spaces. Students concentrating in turfgrass science may complete an agricultural business minor, along with their degree requirements.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (120 TOTAL HOURS)

37-47 Hours General Education Requirements
Composition I & II, College Algebra, Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Fine Arts Course, Humanities Course, US History or National Government Course, and three Social Sciences

26-28 Hours Horticulture Core Requirements
Perspectives, Public Speaking, Communication Intensive Elective, Principles of Horticulture, Horticulture Career Development, Plant Propagation, Horticulture Internship, Principles of Weed Control, Principles of Plant Pathology, and Introduction to Entomology

18 Hours Horticulture Electives
Turfgrass Management, Woody Landscape Plants, Turfgrass Management Laboratory, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Rootzone Management for Golf and Sports Turf, Golf Course Operations, Turf Integrated Pest Management

12 Hours Discipline-Related Electives
Plants in the Home Environment, Small Power Units and Turf Equipment with lab, Agribusiness, Agribusiness Financial Records and Irrigation

18 Hours in Agricultural Business


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