The Associate in Applied Science–Major in Horticulture Technology prepares students for supervisory, middle management and technical positions in horticulture. Graduates of the two-year Horticulture Technology major may pursue careers in landscape design, implementation, maintenance as well as nursery operations, professional sports turf, lawn care and allied horticulture operations.
The horticulture technology major equips students with the latest classroom instruction coupled with indispensable hands-on experience. Subject matter includes plant materials, soil, pest control, maintenance, landscape management, landscape construction and implementation.
A strong semester of supervised cooperative work experience in horticulture allows students to begin professional development while enrolled at Piedmont Technical College.
Motivated students may also take advantage of the articulation agreement between Piedmont Technical College and Clemson University's horticulture departments to pursue a bachelor's degree in horticulture or turfgrass. Note: Students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor for possible higher level requirements and for other transferable course information.
Program Location: Greenwood County
Contact Information: Josh Murdock
|FIRST SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|ENG 165||Professional Communications||3.0|
|or ENG 101 English Composition I|
|FOR 104||Introduction to Environmental & Natural Resources||1.0|
|HRT 105||Landscape Plant Materials||4.0|
|TUF 172||Turfgrass Management 1||3.0|
|SECOND SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|CWE 101||Cooperative Work Experience Preparation||1.0|
|HRT 104||Landscape Design & Implementation||3.0|
|HRT 154||Grounds Maintenance||3.0|
|MAT 170||Algebra, Geometry, &Trigonometry I||3.0|
|or MAT 120 Probability and Statistics|
|SPA 105||Conversational Spanish||3.0|
|or SPA 101 Elementary Spanish|
|SUMMER TERM||Credit Hours|
|HRT 271||SCWE in Horticulture||8.0|
|THIRD SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|ART 101||Art History and Appreciation||3.0|
|or Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Course*|
|HRT 253||Landscape Installation||4.0|
|PSY 103||Human Relations||3.0|
|or ANY Social/Behavioral Science**|
|SPC 205||Public Speaking||3.0|
|HRT 110||Plant Form and Function||4.0|
|FOURTH SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|ACC 101||Accounting Principles I||3.0|
|or BUS 101 Introduction to Business|
|HRT 144||Plant Pests||3.0|
|or AGR 205 Pest Management|
|HRT 230||Greenhouse Technology||4.0|
|TUF 252||Turfgrass Management II||3.0|
|Total Credit Hours||66.0|
|* Students may choose from any humanities/fine arts.|
|** Students may choose from any social/behavioral science.|
Purpose Statement – Prepare students for supervisory, middle management and technical positions in horticulture. Promote excellence in teaching, learning, and educational services to ensure that each student has the opportunity to attain her or his fullest potential.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Complete a landscaping project including assimilation of existing conditions, design, and implementation of improvements.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of methods, materials, equipment, tools and labor resources necessary for proper design, implementation and maintenance of landscapes.
3. Apply classroom theory and practical hands on experience to be effective in the field of horticulture and/or turfgrass after graduation.
4. Demonstrate the ability to identify plant material, understand cultural requirements and knowledge of providing a proper environment for them to grow.
5. Demonstrate proper plant selection and maintenance thereof for landscapes and turfgrass.
6. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others and ability to perform effectively in the workplace.
To enroll in HRT 104, 105, 110 and 125 students should have test scores or prerequisites showing readiness for ENG 101 and MAT 170.
Please refer all new students majoring in horticulture to Josh Murdock if possible.