Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Horticulture Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work includes plant science, plant materials, propagation, soils, fertilizers, and pest management. Also included are courses in plant production, landscaping, and the management and operation of horticulture businesses.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, gardens, and governmental agencies. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course, students will:
• identify plant materials (using scientific and common names) used in the horticultural industry
• be able to plant and maintain various landscapes
• know the cultural requirements for a variety of plants
• demonstrate proper use, calibration and storage of various horticultural fertilizers and chemicals
• know and be able to implement an Integrated Pest Management plan
• demonstrate proper use of various horticultural tools
• know how to propagate plant material by both sexual and asexual means