Horticulture Technology (A.A.S.)

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 and maintenance as well as nursery operations, professional sports turf, lawn care and allied horticulture operations. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of plant materials, soil, pest control, maintenance and landscape management as well as landscape construction and implementation.

The horticulture technology major equips students with the latest classroom instruction coupled with indispensable hands-on experience. Subject matter includes plant identification and growing requirements, soil management, pest control, and landscape design, construction, and management.

A strong semester of supervised cooperative work experience in horticulture allows students to begin professional development while enrolled at Piedmont Technical College.

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.

Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ART 101 Art History and Appreciation
or Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Course
ENG 165 Professional Communications
or ENG 101 English Composition I
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry, &Trigonometry I
or  MAT 120 Probability and Statistics
PSY 103 Human Relations
or any Social/Behavioral Science
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
Subtotal   15.0
HRT 107 Woody Ornamentals 2.0
HRT 108 Annuals and Perennials 2.0
HRT 110 Plant Form and Function
or BIO 101 Biological Science I
HRT 125 Soils 4.0
HRT 141 Horticulture Pest Control 4.0
Subtotal 16.0
CWE 101 Cooperative Work Experience I 1.0
HRT 101 Introduction to Horticulture 3.0
HRT 104 Landscape Design & Implementation 3.0
HRT 121 Commercial Irrigation 3.0
HRT 130 Greenhouse Production 3.0
HRT 133 Basic Plant Propagation  2.0
HRT 153 Landscape Construction 3.0
HRT 200 Horticulture Business Management 3.0
HRT 212 Commercial Landscape Design 3.0
HRT 241 Turfgrass Management 3.0
HRT 254 Landscape Maintenance 2.0
HRT 255 Urban Tree Care  3.0
MGT 120 Small Business Management
or ACC 101 Introduction to Accounting
or BUS 101 Introduction to Business
Subtotal 35.0
Total Credit Hours 66.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

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.  Propagate and grow marketable plants in commercial plant production settings.

2.  Produce attractive and functional landscape designs that meet client goals and expectations.

3.  Interpret landscape plans and install plants and other landscape features according to specifications.

4.  Maintain healthy and well-manicured lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and landscapes.

5.  Diagnose and provide solutions for biotic and abiotic plant problems utilizing principles of Integrated Pest Management.

6.  Demonstrate an understanding of business principles needed to start and run a horticulture business.

7.  Visually identify ornamental plants and provide their scientific names, growth habit, and cultural requirements for optimal growth in the landscape.

Advisement Information

Program notes

HRT courses should be taken as sequenced in the Graduation Plans because they are only offered in specific semesters.  If students deviate from this schedule, they risk delaying course completion and consequently graduation.  If students desire to make an adjustment from the graduation plan, they should consult with the Program Director first. 

Students desiring to transfer to a four-year university should get in contact with that university as soon as possible to ensure that they are taking all the necessary course to successfully transfer.

The following classes are offered in the fall semester:  HRT 107, HRT 121, HRT 130, HRT 141, HRT 153, HRT 241, and HRT 254.

The following classes are offered in the spring semester:  HRT 101, HRT 104, HRT 108, HRT 133, HRT 200, HRT 212, and HRT 255.  The math required for this program is MAT 170.  The student will follow this progression with his or her starting point being determined by test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 170.  If the student would like to transfer to a four-year institution in the future he or she should take MAT 120.  In this case, the student will follow this progression, with his or her starting point being determined by placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 120.

Notes about individual classes

The English required for this program is ENG 165.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165.  ENG 101 can be substituted for ENG 165 if the student plans to transfer.

Graduation Plans

2019-2020, 2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Horticulture Technology (HRT3) - Fall Start
Horticulture Technology (HRT3) - Spring Start
Horticulture Technology (HRT3) - Summer Start



You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising, visit the Advising webpage.

Please contact Daniel Greenwell for more information about this program.

Please e-mail advising@ptc.edu to submit advising information updates or corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020