Degree Programs - Requirements

Note: To complete the degree in two years, students are advised to complete the courses in the sequence listed beginning in the fall semester.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H121 Applications for Business and Other Careers, MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Math, or higher than MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
Program Requirement HRT*H101 Landscape Construction 4
Program Requirement ENV*H240 Principles of Soil and Water Resources 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions HRT*H202 Landscape Design I 3
Scientific Reasoning HRT*H222 Greenhouse Management & Operations 4
Program Requirement HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
Program Requirement BIO*H155 General Botany 4
SUMMER SEMESTER
Program Requirement HRT*H290 CWE/Co-Op†† 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Program Requirement HRT*H215 Pest Control in Ornamentals and Turf 3
Program Requirement Directed elective††† 3
Program Requirement HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethical Dimensions ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Historical Knowledge and Understanding HIS*H201 U.S. History I 3
Program Requirement BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
Program Requirement Directed elective††† 3-4
Program Requirement Directed elective††† 3-4
Total Credits: 63-65

Notes:

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

ENV*H240 Principles of Soil and Water Resources is only offered in the Fall semester

††HRT*H290 Placement is required for this course. Students need to contact the program coordinator early in the semester prior to taking the course.

††† Directed electives: HRT*H105, HRT*H115, HRT*H124††††, HRT*H125††††, HRT*H203, HRT*H204, HRT*H206, HRT*H219, HRT*H224, HRT*H240

††††HRT*124 Floral Design I and HRT*125 Floral Design II have not been offered recently.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

Degree Programs - Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Relate basic knowledge of botany, chemistry, and soils to plant growth and culture.
  2. Identify the skills needed to organize thoughts and ideas, and demonstrate the ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, in a manner that can be easily understood.
  3. Solve mathematics problems related to the use of soil amendments, fertilizers, and plant growth control chemicals, and apply effective cost estimating, pricing, and record keeping techniques.
  4. Identify common trees and shrubs, ground covers, various annuals, biennials, and perennials by botanical and common names, and describe the outstanding characteristics of each; summarize landscape, garden center, and greenhouse uses and cultural requirements of these plants.
  5. Identify foliage plants commonly used indoors by botanical and common names, state distinguishing characteristics of each, and describe their use and culture in various indoor landscape areas.
  6. Select the proper procedures, define the physiological basis, and describe practical applications of the reproduction of plants by asexual and sexual methods.
  7. Describe proper design and operation of greenhouse environmental systems, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in commercial production.
  8. Summarize and assess plant growth requirements for commercial production of greenhouse crops, and economically produce a crop from seed or cutting to harvest and sales.
  9. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  10. Select appropriate techniques for the establishment and management of lawns and utility turf areas.
  11. Manage the procedures used in landscape constructions and in the maintenance of small engines.
  12. Design flower beds, mixed borders, price trees and shrubs for a variety of gardens, for both residential and commercial properties.
  13. Create, manage and gain profit from running a small landscaping business.
  14. Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  15. Evaluate and design landscapes that compliment the community, highlight the home, and meet the needs of the client.
  16. Demonstrate skills in planning and successfully producing fruit and vegetables commercially and residentially.

Certificate Program - Requirements and Outcomes - Hort

Course No. Title Credits
HRT*H101 Landscape Construction 4
HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
HRT*H202 Landscape Design I† 3
HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
HRT*H222 Greenhouse Operations and Management 4
HRT*H290 CWE Horticulture Co-op 3
Elective Horticulture†† 3-4
Elective Horticulture†† 3-4
  Total Credit Hours 29-31

† Prerequisite HRT*H102-Woody Plants or waiver by coordinator.

†† Horticulture Electives

HRT*H105 Fruit and Vegetable Production
HRT*H115 Turf Management
HRT*H124 Floral Design I
HRT*H125 Floral Design II
HRT*H203 Landscape Design II
HRT*H204 Computers in Landscape Design
HRT*H206 Landscaping Small Properties
HRT*H219 Arboriculture
HRT*H224 Plant Propagation & Hybridization
HRT*H240 Nursery Management

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify common trees and shrubs, ground covers, various annuals, biennials, and perennials by botanical and common names, and describe the outstanding characteristics of each; summarize landscape, garden center and greenhouse uses; and know the cultural requirements of these plants.
  • Identify foliage plants commonly used indoors by botanical and common names, state distinguishing characteristics of each, and describe their use and culture in various indoor landscape areas.
  • Control the common weeds, insects, pests and diseases of ornamentals and turf.
  • Select the proper procedures, define the physiological basis, and describe practical applications of the reproduction of plants by asexual and sexual methods.
  • Describe proper design and operation of greenhouse environmental systems, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in commercial production.
  • Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  • Select appropriate techniques for the establishment and management of lawns and utility turf areas.
  • Manage the procedures used in landscape constructions and in the maintenance of small engines.
  • Design flower beds, and mixed borders; place trees and shrubs for a variety of gardens for both residential and commercial properties.
  • Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  • Demonstrate those skills, abilities and values which allow a person to function as a free and responsible citizen.
  • Apply mathematics to calculating area, volume and application rates of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Evaluate site conditions to design attractive, functional landscapes.

Certificate Program - Outcomes & Requirements - Landscape

Course No. Title Credits
HRT*H101 Landscape Construction 4
HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
HRT*H202 Landscape Design I 3
HRT*H203 Landscape Design II 3
HRT*H204 Computers in Landscape Design 3
HRT*H206 Landscaping Small Properties 3
HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
Art*H111

HRT*H290
Drawing I
or
CWE/Horticulture Co-op
3

3
  Total Credit Hours 28

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify the current repertoire of trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, annuals, biennials, and perennials by botanical and common names, describe the outstanding characteristics of each; summarize landscape uses, know their cultural requirements; design herbaceous and mixed borders.
  • Evaluate landscape areas and needs; select and place plants in a design; design and place hardscape features in a landscape; draw plans using traditional equipment and computer-aided tools; outline techniques for low maintenance needs in both residential and commercial properties.
  • Transfer portions of aerial designs into perceptual designs, using sketching techniques; develop a plan for pricing out landscape projects and bids; demonstrate oral skills to clients on design ideas; design landscape garden plans using computer design programs; manipulate computer designs to illustrate to landscape design development over time.
  • Demonstrate how to bring color to the landscape through the four seasons with herbaceous and woody plants; how to establish and manage mass planting through the year.
  • Demonstrate and explain how to prune deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs for a variety of purposes.
  • Interpret fertilizer needs for particular plants from the general recommendations of a soil analysis; recognize signs of nutrient deficiency.
  • Demonstrate techniques for designing small properties; plan and select plants for different kinds of gardens (examples: for woods, meadows, marshes, water, rock gardens).
  • Relate the historical development of the garden through the ages and be able to recognize the contributions and influences of great designers on gardens today.
  • Relate and demonstrate how to use all the subtleties of color and design in the garden in two dimensional and three dimensional formats.
  • Initiate, develop and present a significant design as an independent study project.
  • Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  • Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  • Be prepared for certification as a Professional Landscape Designer.
  • Initiate landscape design through computer-aided programs.