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Horticulture Technology A.A.S.

Horticulture Technology - A.A.S.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Horticulture Technology focuses on the practical skills needed to succeed in the horticulture industry. With flexible scheduling, state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty, you'll be prepared for a variety of career opportunities. Enroll now and cultivate your future. Read more...

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Email: sfaragmo@kent.edu

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Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Horticulture Technology prepares students for diverse careers in horticulture-related professions. This program focuses on providing a strong educational foundation that enables graduates to excel in landscape management, turf management, urban forestry, nursery and greenhouse operations. Students develop a knowledge of plant characteristics, safety procedures in the workplace, agroecology, sustainable horticultural practices, pest management, advanced technology integration for precision farming, landscape design and maintenance, soil science and tree care.

The Horticulture Technology major emphasizes practical experience through hands-on training in outdoor labs. Students are required to complete an internship.

The degree program articulates with Kent State's Bachelor of Applied Horticulture degree.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, and the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. List and define plant characteristics, use, identification and taxonomy and differentiate between a wide range of horticulturally important plant species, including both woody and herbaceous species.
  2. Apply proper safety procedures and their application in the workplace.
  3. Apply principles of agroecology and sustainable horticultural practices that reduce the environmental footprint of horticultural production and contribute to long-term sustainability.
  4. Articulate pest identification, taxonomy, integrated pest management (IPM) and control strategies that use ecologically sustainable approaches.
  5. Discuss the integration and utilization of advanced technologies (e.g., sensors, drones and artificial intelligence applications) to enhance precision farming practices in horticulture, for optimizing crop yields, resource efficiency and environmental sustainability.
  6. Design and maintain landscapes using a range of plant materials, hardscape features and sustainable practices.
  7. Discuss soil science's role in horticultural production; and interpret soil test results, analyze soil conditions and implement corrective measures for optimal plant growth.
  8. Explain concepts of tree biology, identification, planting and maintenance practices, including pruning, tree risk assessment and disease management.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 16001HORTICULTURAL BOTANY 3
BSCI 26002ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF PEST MANAGEMENT 3
BSCI 26003PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION I 3
or BSCI 26004 PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION II
GEOG 16001SOIL AND HORTICULTURAL MANAGEMENT 3
HORT 16002INTRODUCTION TO AGROECOLOGY 3
HORT 16003INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE TECHNOLOGIES AND SENSORS 1
HORT 26001OCCUPATIONAL REGULATIONS AND SAFETY 2
HORT 35092HORTICULTURE PRACTICUM (ELR) 3
Technical Electives, choose from the following:15
BSCI 26003
PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION I
or BSCI 26004
PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION II
HORT 16004
DRONE TECHNOLOGY FOR HORTICULTURE
HORT 26002
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN HORTICULTURE AND PLANT SYSTEMS
HORT 26003
ARBORICULTURE AND URBAN FORESTRY MANAGEMENT
HORT 26006
SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURAL SYSTEMS
HORT 26016
IRRIGATION DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
HORT 26020
LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
HORT 26030
TURF GRASS MANAGEMENT
HORT 26032
GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT
HORT 26046
LANDSCAPE DESIGN I
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB) 4
or CHEM 10030
CHEM 10031
CHEMISTRY IN OUR WORLD (KBS)
and CHEMISTRY IN OUR WORLD LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB)
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
ESCI 21062ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS) 3
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts3
Kent Core Social Sciences3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 60 credits hour)1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:60

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 16001 HORTICULTURAL BOTANY 3
!HORT 16002 INTRODUCTION TO AGROECOLOGY 3
!HORT 16003 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE TECHNOLOGIES AND SENSORS 1
!HORT 26001 OCCUPATIONAL REGULATIONS AND SAFETY 2
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Two
BSCI 10110
or CHEM 10030 and CHEM 10031
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB)
or CHEMISTRY IN OUR WORLD (KBS) and CHEMISTRY IN OUR WORLD LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB)
4
!BSCI 26003
or BSCI 26004
PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION I
or PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION II
3
Technical Electives 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
First Summer Term
HORT 35092 HORTICULTURE PRACTICUM (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours3
Semester Three
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!GEOG 16001 SOIL AND HORTICULTURAL MANAGEMENT 3
Technical Electives 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!BSCI 26002 ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF PEST MANAGEMENT 3
ESCI 21062 ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS) 3
Technical Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 1
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:60
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Salem Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

-6.5%

decline

952,300

number of jobs

$68,090

potential earnings

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

11.4%

much faster than the average

170,700

number of jobs

$51,010

potential earnings

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

10.1%

much faster than the average

1,188,000

number of jobs

$31,730

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.