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Associate of Applied Science
Program Coordinator: Ben Casteel, OTC 206, Ext. 2441
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: The Horticulture Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the VHCC service region. The Horticulture program is designed to prepare students for employment in the horticulture industry or a related field and to provide training for those who are currently working in the field and wish to improve their knowledge and skills. Students will not only develop skills in plant production, but also interpersonal and business management skills.
Occupational Objectives: Graduates of the program are prepared for managerial/supervisory level positions in areas that include landscape design and installation, grounds maintenance, turfgrass maintenance, floral designer, greenhouse and nursery management, garden center operation, and sales and marketing and related industries.
Program Requirements: The curriculum is designed to integrate courses in nursery management, greenhouse management, turf management and related areas, general education, and electives. Students are advised to follow the curriculum as outlined in the College catalog and consult with their faculty advisor or counselor in planning their programs and selecting electives. Courses within this curriculum may be applied to a four-year program at the discretion of the admitting institution. Students planning to transfer should explore opportunities with their faculty advisor or counselor.
Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester curriculum, the student will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Horticulture Technology.
First Semester (Fall)
Plant Life of Virginia
Into. to Horticulture
2*Social Science Elective
Orientation to College Success
Second Semester (Spring)
Gen Biology I
HRT 197 or 297
Third Semester (Fall)
Landscape Drawing Applications
Spanish (or HRT 297)
Principles of Public Speaking
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Four Season Food Production
Woody Plants (opt. HRT 247/269)
Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree..........................66-67
1. HRT classes do not have prerequisites.
2. Students must take 6 credits of social sciences. Recommended social science courses include ECO 201-202; GEO 210; HIS 101-102; HIS 121-122; PLS 135, 211-212; PSY 200; SOC 200.
3. Students must take 3 credits of Humanities/Fine Arts. Recommended humanities courses include ART 201, 202; MUS 121, 122; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152; PHI 101; foreign language and literature.
4. Students may substitute any HLT (Health) course that contains a personal wellness component for physical education requirement. Transfer students should note that four-year institutions might require a PED activity course in the general education core.
Career Studies Certificate
Purpose: To provide the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level positions in horticulture. Also appropriate for personal growth and development.
Intro. to Horticulture
Horticulture: Floral Design and Indoor Plant Care
Career Studies Certificate
Plant Pest Management
Organic Food/Plant Production
Purpose: To provide the knowledge and skills needed for growing organic food and plant crops. Also appropriate for personal growth and development.
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