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, construction, and maintenance as well as nursery operations, professional sports turf management and lawn care maintenance.

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.

Motivated students may also consider transfering to Clemson University's horticulture department 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.

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 105 Landscape Plant Materials 4.0
HRT 110 Plant Form and Function
or BIO 101 Biological Science I
HRT 125 Soils 4.0
HRT 144 Plant Pests
or AGR 205 Pest Management
TUF 252 Turfgrass Management II 3.0
Subtotal 18.0
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I
or BUS 101 Introduction to Business
or AGR 209 Introduction to Agriculture Marketing
AGR 211 Applied Agriculture Calculations 3.0
CWE 101 Cooperative Work Experience Preparation 1.0
CWE 115 Cooperative Work Experience I 5.0
FOR 104 Introduction to Environmental & Natural Resources 1.0
HRT 101 Introduction to Horticulture 3.0
HRT 104 Landscape Design & Implementation 3.0
HRT 230 Greenhouse Technology 4.0
HRT 253 Landscape Installation 4.0
SPA 105 Conversational Spanish
or SPA 101 Elementary Spanish
TUF 172 Turfgrass Management 1 3.0
Subtotal 33.0
Total Credit Hours 66.0

Updated 4/3/2017


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.  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.


Advisement Information

Program notes

  • The best time to start this program is fall.  Advise for general education or developmental courses if students start any other semester.  If student starts in the fall, developmental or transitional classes can be scheduled around program classes, and program classes should be taken as they appear in the semester-by-semester graduation plan (see below).

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.
  • 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.
  • The following classes are offered in the fall semester at the Greenwood campus:  FOR 104, HRT 101, HRT 105, HRT 125, AGR 211, HRT 110, HRT 253, and TUF 172. 
  • The following classes are offered in the fall semester at the Saluda campus:  FOR 104. 
  • The following classes are offered in the spring at the Greenwood campus:  HRT 104, HRT 144, HRT 230. 
  • The following classes are offered in the spring at the Saluda Campus:  AGR 211, HRT 101, HRT 125, and HRT 110.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Horticulture Technology (HRT3) - Fall Start


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting 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 9/2018.