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Horticulture - HRT
Introduction to Horticulture
HRT 040

Introduction to Horticulture will acquaint the student with a basic understanding of plants form and function. This course will cover employability opportunities and skills necessary for employment, which will be reinforced throughout the remainder of the program.

Soils
HRT 041

This course will give the student an overview of soil structure, horizons, textual classifications and chemical properties. It provides a basic knowledge of soil pH, nutrient requirements and water requirements. Concept for soil analysis and recommendation for tilth improvement and fertility.

Pest Control
HRT 042

This course includes identification of major pests and their life cycles. Methods of pest control are covered along with identification and use of pesticides. Proper safety procedures are emphasized. Students will take the Illinois Commercial Pesticide Operator Care Test.

Greenhouse Operation
HRT 043

This course is an introductory course designed to give students a basic understanding of the maintenance and proper use of greenhouse structures and equipment. Proper safety procedures, growing techniques and management used in producing greenhouse crops are covered.

Turfgrass Management
HRT 044

This course provides the basic knowledge and skills for a career in turf grass management, with emphasis on the establishment, renovation and maintenance of turf grass. Students will identify and examine cultural requirements for major turfgrasses in Illinois.

Nursery Operations
HRT 045

This course includes principles of woody plant production from planting to salable plants. Cultural procedures for field and container nursery production will be introduced. Approved practices of fertilization, pest control, planting, irrigation, over-wintering and harvesting are introduced.

Landscape Plant Identification
HRT 047

This course will introduce students to woody and herbaceous perennials. Students will learn to identify plants according to leaf, overall shape, size and use. Plants will be grouped by deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs and ground covers.

Landscape Design/Installation
HRT 048

This course covers basic principles of landscape design, techniques and materials used in the landscaping. It includes basic structures and other non-plant materials used in the landscape and provides a basic knowledge of plant selection, planting procedures and construction materials.

Landscape Plant Maintenance
HRT 049

This course covers principles for maintaining landscapes through proper care, fertilization, irrigation, disease and pest control, pruning and other techniques.

Woody Plants Identification
HRT 061

A study in the identification of deciduous trees and shrubs used primarily in landscaping. Emphasis is placed on cultural requirements of the plants, their natural habitat, and plant usage.

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Evergreen/Vines & Ground Cover
HRT 063

A study in the identification, selection, use, propagation, and cultural requirements of woody and herbaceous ground covers, vines, needled evergreens, and broad-leaved evergreen plants.

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Turf Management
HRT 066

Methods of establishment and maintenance of turfgrass for lawns, public grounds, and recreational areas. Also includes the identification and management of plant and soil materials in different environments.

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Herbaceous Landscape Plants
HRT 071

A study in the identification, selection, and use of herbaceous plants primarily used in the landscape, including perennials, biennials, ornamental grasses, wildflowers and specialty annuals. Emphasis is placed on cultural requirements of the plants, propagation, and plant usage.

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Greenhouse Mgt and Production
HRT 076

A study of the commercial production of floricultural crops, including greenhouse construction, management and operation. Attention will be given to the production of better plants through the study of temperature, light, soil, nutrition, scheduling, propagation methods, and plant breeding.

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Landscape Design
HRT 081

This class will cover the basic principles of landscape design, methods and techniques of the landscape design process for residential and commercial settings, including an appreciation of various landscape theories and objectives, art in landscape design, and special landscape problems.

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Landscape Construction & Maint
HRT 082

Students will learn construction methods for residential and small commercial landscapes; selection and installation of plants; techniques and uses of materials related to various landscape features; prepare cost estimates; control of landscape diseases and pests; and maintenance of landscape areas.

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Introduction to Horticulture
HRT 201

A study and introduction to the principles and practices involved in the development, production, and use of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, turf, nursery, floral, and landscape). Course will include a broad overview of the green industry including propagation, production and design.

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Herbaceous Landscape Plants II
HRT 072

Covers the identification and use of flowering (bedding) annuals, specialty annuals, and tropical plants used for outdoor displays. Improvement in selection, changes in marketing and branding, and new trends are discussed. Emphasis is placed on use in the Illinois landscape.

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Landscape Design II-Layout/Graphics
HRT 083

This course reviews the design processes and techniques as they apply to residential landscape designs and integrates them into landscape projects. Course will include pen and ink graphic design techniques, freehand sketching, preparing quick designs, perspective sketching, and color drawing.

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Supervised Occupational Experience I
HRT 091

This course provides introductory on the job experience as a full-time employee in selected horticulture production or landscaping.

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Supervised Occupational Experience II
HRT 092

This course provides intermediate level on the job experience as a full-time employee in selected horticulture production or landscaping occupation.

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Supervised Occupational Experience III
HRT 093

This course provides advanced on the job experience as a full-time employee in selected horticulture production or landscaping occupation.

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