At a Glance:

Advisor:
Floyd: Shannen Ferry
Shannen Ferry, Program Director & Instructor of Environmental Horticulture
Office: Woodlee
Phone: 706-295-6902
Email:
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Horticulture, Industrial Technologies

Credentials

M.S., Colorado State University; B.S.A., University of Georgia

 

VIDEO: Horticulture

Horticulture (EH12)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Environmental Horticulture program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in environmental horticulture. The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain or upgrade present knowledge and skills.

Gainful Employment Information

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Basic Skills Courses (8 hours)
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today*s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
Occupational Curriculum (21 hours)
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
3
Introduces the fundamentals of plant science and horticulture as a career field. Emphasis will be placed on an industry overview; plant morphology; plant physiology; environmental factors affecting horticulture practices; soil physical and chemical properties; fertilizer elements and analysis; and basic propagation techniques.
Provides the basis for a fundamental understanding of the taxonomy, identification, and culture requirements of woody plants. Topics include: introduction to woody plants, classification of woody plants, and woody plant identification and culture requirements.
Emphasizes the identification,selection,and cultural requirements of herbaceous plants. Topics include: introduction to herbaceous plants, plant classification and nomenclature of herbaceous plants, herbaceous plant identification and culture requirements and seasonal color management.
HORT
1080
3
This course provides an introduction to the principles and mechanisms of integrated pest management across a diverse array of pests including insects, weeds, plant pathogens, nematodes and vertebrates. Specifically, the course will provide students with a fundamental and practical understanding of integrated pest management in a landscape setting with emphasis on pest identification and control; pesticide application safety; and legal requirements for state licensure.
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Horticulture Elective
3
And One of the Following (3 hours)
Provides the student with practical experience in an actual job setting. This internship allows the student to become involved in on-the-job environmental horticulture applications that require practice and follow through. Topics include: work ethics, skills, and attitudes; demands of the horticulture industry; horticultural business management; and labor supervision.
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Guided Horticulture Elective
3
And completion of one of the following specializations (0 hours)
General Horticulture Specialization (15 - 16 hours)
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Guided Elective
3
And Choose 12 Hours From List Below (12 - 13 hours)
3
This course helps to prepare students for a career in the management of commercial greenhouses, conservatories and institutuional greenhouses. Emphasis is placed on greenhouse construction; operation and management; regulating and controlling the environment; applying cultural practices as they affect plant physiological processes and influence plant growth and development; and management of a greenhouse business.
This course helps develop skills needed to prepare an area for plant and vital non-plant materials as well as install the landscape items as intended by the designer. Topics include: Workplace safety, retaining wall construction, landscape paving, irrigation and drainage, plant installation, and managerial functions related to landscape installation.
Develops skills necessary to propagate and produce both container and field grown nursery stock. Topics include: industry overview, facility design, propagation techniques and environment, field grown and container production, and managerial functions for nursery production.
HORT
1060
3
Introduces design principles, drawing skills, and plant selection techniques required to produce landscape plans for residential/commercial clients. Topics include: landscape design principles, sketching and drawing skills, site analysis, plant and material selection, and landscape design process.
3
This course introduces cultural techniques required for proper landscape management with emphasis on practical application and managerial techniques. Topics include: landscape management, safe operation and maintenance of landscape equipment, and administrative functions for landscape managers.
This course presents managerial techniques required for business success in a chosen horticultural field. All aspects of establishing and managing a small business will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on strategic planning; financial management; marketing strategies; human resource management; and operations and administration.
3
Provides essential knowledge and skills in landscape contracting with emphasis on landscape business practices and principles, landscape bidding and estimating and mangerial skills for the landscape business environment. Topics include: overview of landscape industry, landscape business principles and practices, landscape bidding and estimating and managerial skills for the landscape business environment.
3
Introduces the fundamentals of tree management, establishment and assessment as a career field in the urban forestry environment. Topics include: tree structure and function, tree identification and selection, installation and establishment, tree management, trees and contruction and tree worker safety.
This course provides instruction and hands-on experience in crop production with emphasis on the production of seasonal crops for the local areas and managerial skills involved with crop production. The technical principles of plant propagation focusing on hands-on application are introduced. Topics include cultural controls for propagation and production, insects and diseases, production and scheduling, methods of propagation (seed germination, rooting cuttings, layering, grafting,and budding, tissue culture),and propagation facilities construction.
HORT
1310
3
Provides students with exposure to the basic principles of hydraulics and fluidics. Special attention is given to watering plant materials in various soil and climatic conditions through the use of irrigation. Topics include: industry overview; fluidics and hydraulics; system design and installation.
3
A study of turfgrass used in the southern United States. Topics include: industry overview, soil and soil modification; soil fertility; turf installation; turf maintenance, turf diseases, insects and weeds: and estimating costs on management practices
HORT
1410
3
This course introduces students to the basic fundamentals of soil science including: soil formation and classification; physical, chemical and biological characteristics; soil fertility and productivity; and soil management and conservation practices.
Introduces basic golf course design principles as well as construction and renovation activities and basic golf course maintenance practices. Topics include: introduction and history, golf course design principles, golf course construction and golf course maintenance.
This course familiarizes students with approaches to garden and small outdoor space design. Students will examine various approaches to color and design theory relevant to designing gardens and outdoor spaces. Topics include history of design, landscape design principles and elements, sketching and drawing skills, design analysis, garden design styles, plant material selection and the development of a garden planting plan.
Allows students to become familiar with basic site grading procedures that promote proper site drainage. This course emphasizes a hands-on approach to grading using hand and machine-driven equipment. Topics include: overview of grading and drainage, topographic map reading and evaluation, basic surveying procedures and equipment usage, site analysis and drainage design and installation, grading equipment operation and sagety and grading landscape areas.
Provides instruction in basic small engine maintenance. Topics include: engine types; ignition systems; fuel systems; lubrication, filtration; and maintenance; and engine repair.
Introduces computer aided landscape design techniques used in landscape design projects. Emphasis is placed on practical application of landscape design processes through use of computer applications. Topics include: software commands; scale and layers operations; and drawing and design.
HORT
1680
3
Students will develop a sytemic approach to proper classification, nomenclature, identification, culture and use of many different woody plant species suitable for the region. Topics include: principles of plant classification and nomenclature, identification traits of woody plants and identification, culture and use of woody landscape plant species.
3
An introduction to the Spanish language and Latino culture as applied to green industry managers. Topics include: introductory conversational Spanish with an emphasis on green industry vocabulary in the areas of Spanish verbs, nouns and grammar and understanding and appreciating aspects of Latino culture for more effective management.
3
This course will allow students to gain significant experience in the safe operation of horticulture equipment. Students will gain experience in the operation of tractors and attachments, skid-steer equipment, trenchers, landscape maintenance equipment and any other equipment relevant to the landscape industry. The course will combine lectures, demonstrations, and lab activities on equipment use, operation, and safety in the field.
This course introduces the basic concepts and practices of floral design. Topics include: introduction to floral design; principles and elements of design used in floral compositions; identification of commonly used floral materials; conditioning and storing cut flowers; mechanics and supplies of flower arranging; construction of basic geometric designs; and corsage construction.
Advanced floral design theory; techniques and skills which enhances students* ability to design with cut and dried floral materials with emphasis on party, wedding, sympathy and high-style floral designs.
HORT
1750
3
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Introduces the student to the development and operational procedures of a floral business. Emphasis will be on both traditional and high style design as a business. Topics include: overview of the floral industry and starting a floral business.
This course introduces the concepts and principles of sustainable urban landscapes. By using these concepts the student will be able to create outdoor spaces that are not only functional and maintainable, but environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing. The design process is the first consideration, followed by implentation and maintenance, each with sustainability as a major consideration. The course will cover such topics as green roofs, water wise principles, rain gardens, pervious paving, LEED, erosion and sedimentation control and others.
This course is designed to introduce construction methods, materials, and safety procedures related to the design and installation of specialty landscape features such as water features, lighting, and garden structures.
Landscape Management Specialization (15 hours)
This course helps develop skills needed to prepare an area for plant and vital non-plant materials as well as install the landscape items as intended by the designer. Topics include: Workplace safety, retaining wall construction, landscape paving, irrigation and drainage, plant installation, and managerial functions related to landscape installation.
HORT
1060
3
Introduces design principles, drawing skills, and plant selection techniques required to produce landscape plans for residential/commercial clients. Topics include: landscape design principles, sketching and drawing skills, site analysis, plant and material selection, and landscape design process.
3
This course introduces cultural techniques required for proper landscape management with emphasis on practical application and managerial techniques. Topics include: landscape management, safe operation and maintenance of landscape equipment, and administrative functions for landscape managers.
HORT
1310
3
Provides students with exposure to the basic principles of hydraulics and fluidics. Special attention is given to watering plant materials in various soil and climatic conditions through the use of irrigation. Topics include: industry overview; fluidics and hydraulics; system design and installation.
3
A study of turfgrass used in the southern United States. Topics include: industry overview, soil and soil modification; soil fertility; turf installation; turf maintenance, turf diseases, insects and weeds: and estimating costs on management practices
Floral Management Specialization (12 hours)
This course introduces the basic concepts and practices of floral design. Topics include: introduction to floral design; principles and elements of design used in floral compositions; identification of commonly used floral materials; conditioning and storing cut flowers; mechanics and supplies of flower arranging; construction of basic geometric designs; and corsage construction.
Advanced floral design theory; techniques and skills which enhances students* ability to design with cut and dried floral materials with emphasis on party, wedding, sympathy and high-style floral designs.
Introduces the student to the development and operational procedures of a floral business. Emphasis will be on both traditional and high style design as a business. Topics include: overview of the floral industry and starting a floral business.
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Horticulture Elective
3