Program Overview

Horticulture

Horticulture


Biological and Health Sciences Division, Room B213, (847) 543-2042

www.clcillinois.edu/programs/hrt
Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Plan 21HU

The field of horticulture is evolving quickly to address current sustainability issues, whether in plant production, landscape design, or construction and management. The CLC Horticulture program has incorporated sustainability topics across its curriculum to better prepare students for employment in the green industry. Graduates enter a range of employment including local landscape companies, environmental consulting firms, municipalities and park districts, public land management agencies and entrepreneurial ventures.

A.A.S. degree students must complete fifteen hours of General Education courses from those listed on page 53 plus 5 credits of additional courses, and also 28 credit hours of horticultural core courses and 12 credit hours of elective AGR/ HRT coursework. Graduates entering the field must be well-versed in basic botany, plant identification and care, soil science, entomology, plant pathology and business. These courses are included in the core requirements. Focusing the elective coursework allows students to develop skills in one of 6 areas of study: landscape design, landscape construction and maintenance, arboriculture, horticulture production, sustainable agriculture or natural areas management.

Horticulture students also may choose a certificate, which is a specific combination of 18-19 credit hours within a given specialty area. This option is well-suited for students who wish to enter the job market quickly, enhance their skills in a specific area for career advancement, or redirect their previous professional training for a new career. Students may select from certificate programs in: landscape design, landscape construction and maintenance, arboriculture, horticulture production, sustainable agriculture, and natural areas management. To expand the skill set for employment, a number of certificates can be stacked to provide a dual certificate of complimentary topics for 27-30 total credits.

The following courses are recommended for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Advisor to determine courses at CLC which will also meet the transfer requirements. To complete any transfer degree, students should follow the college requirements for associate degrees that transfer.

All course prerequisites must be met. Additionally, students are required to select one course from the International/Multicultural list to meet graduation requirements. A grade of C or better is required for all English course requirements.


Recommended Plan of Study

First Semester

15-16 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course ^

College Success Seminar

[2]

course

English Composition I

3

course

Environmental Biology or

course

Chemistry for a Changing World or

other Science or Math Elective

3-4

course

Introduction to Horticulture

3

course

Tree and Shrub Identification

3

HRT or AGR elective

3

Second Semester

16 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

General Botany

4

course

Perennials, Annuals and Weeds

3

course

Sustainable Landscape Management

3

HRT or AGR elective

3

Humanities or Fine Arts elective

3

Third Semester

16 Credits

CoUrse

Title

Hours

course

Fundamentals of Speech

3

course

Introduction to Soils

3

course

Entomology

3

HRT or AGR elective

3

Social and Behavioral Science Elective

3

Fourth Semester

13 Credits

CoUrSe

Title

Hours

course

Plant Pathology

3

course

Green Business and Entrepreneurship

3

course

Horticulture Practicum

3

HRT or AGR elective

3

course

Job Readiness Skills

1

Total Hours for A.A.S. Degree

60-61

^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.

For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact John Zahina-Ramos at (847) 543-2320 or the Biological and Health Sciences Division at (847) 543-2042.