Course Offerings

All Horticulture, Landscape and Turf Science (HLTS) courses are preceeded by the code acronym HORT. Courses are given a 4-digit sequence number. The numbers give an indication regarding the course. Courses which are 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 are considered appropriate for freshman (or nonmajors), sophomores, juniors and seniors, respectively, while 5000 and 6000 level courses are for graduate study. The last digit of the sequence number, e.g. 2XX 3 , indicates the number of semester hours awarded for the course; in the example 2XX3, three (3) credit hours will be awarded for completion of the course. Many of the HORT 3000 and 4000 level courses have a laboratory with the course. Laboratories are considered co-requisites and must be enrolled for at the same time as the lecture portion of the course. Laboratories by themselves typically do not carry semester credit and are thus indicated 3XX0-L; the "L" indicates a laboratory. Some courses have a discussion period accompanying the course as a co-requisite and are thus indicated 3XX0-D.

Courses are typically offered only 1 semester per year and often only every other, or alternating years. Please check this carefully when planning a degree program schedule.

  • HORT1103 Plants in the Home Environment (FA) A course describing the aesthetic, nutritional and health value, and other importance of plants to humans. The course will highlight the use and importance of plants and gardening through the ages, study significant gardens to humankind, and introduce students to using plants to their benefit. The use of color, texture, aroma and flavor in the home and landscape will be presented. Basic home gardening, plantcare and use will be discussed and practiced.
  • HORT2003 Principles of Horticulture (FA, SP) A course introducing students to the biological and technologies underlying the propagation, production, handling and use of horticultural crops, turf and landscape plants. Students will be introduced to the various disciplines and commodities of horticulture. The use of plants for the benefit of humankind because of their aesthetic and nutritional value will be explored. Previous instruction in Plant Science, Plant Biology, or general Botany is strongly encouraged. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours, drill 1 hour per week. Corequisite: HORT 2000L.
  • HORT2303 Introduction to Turfgrass Management (FA) An introductory course in turfgrass management emphasizing turfgrass growth, adaptation, and management. Methods for establishment, fertilization, mowing, cultivation, irrigation, and pest management are presented, and their impact on culture of lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and other managed turf areas discussed.
  • HORT3103 Woody Landscape Plants (FA) Identification, climatic adaptation and landscape design values of woody ornamental trees, shrubs and vines. Lecture 2 hours per week. Corequisite: HORT 3100L.
  • HORT3113 Herbaceous and Indoor Plant Materials (SP, Odd) Identification, culture, and use of annuals, perennials in landscapes and foliage plants in interiors. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: HORT 3110L.
  • HORT3303 Vegetable Crops (Irregular) General course in vegetable crops with attention to the principles underlying methods of production and handling related to yields and quality of the products. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: HORT 3300L. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and AGRN 2203.
  • HORT3403 Turfgrass Management (SP, Even) Cultural and management practices of commercial and residential lawns. Principles and practices of mowing, fertilizing, irrigating, and control of weed, disease, and insects. Identification of turfgrass; equipment selection. Corequisite: HORT 3400L. Prerequisite: HORT 2303).
  • HORT 3503 Sustainable and Organic Horticulture (SP, Even) This course will provide a base of knowledge of the principles and practices of sustainable, organic, and alternative horticulture management systems.  The class will review and evaluate topics including soil biological processes (compost, humus and fertility), pest management, alternative farming systems, and organic agriculture.  After this foundation information is studied, the class will study appplications of sustainable agriculture principles to production systems such as greenhouse vegetable production, ornamental production, fruit production, and landscape and turf management.
  • HORT3901 Horticultural Career Development (SP) A course which presents concepts necessary for developing a career and becoming a professional in horticulture industries or businesses. Concepts of goal setting, effective communication and interpersonal skills, behaviors and performance, portfolio and resume, development and job hunting skills will be presented. 
  • HORT400V Special Problems (1-6) (FA, SP, SU) Original investigations on assigned problems in horticulture. Prerequisite: junior standing.
  • HORT401V Special Topics in Horticulture, Turf or Landscape (1-6) (IR) Topics relate to horticulture, turfgrass or landscape science or management not covered in other courses or a more intensive study of a specific topic. May be repeated for credit.
  • HORT402V Horticulture Judging and Competition Activity (1-3) (IR) Training for and participation on horticultural identification, judging and competitive teams. Repeatable for up to 4 credits. May be repeated for 4 hours. Prerequisite: HORT 2003. May be repeatef ro up to 4 hours of degree credit.
  • HORT4033 Professional Landscape Installation and Construction (FA, Even) Principles and practices involved in landscape installation and construction. Topics covered include sequencing construction activities, protecting existing trees, landscape soils, selecting plants, planting and transplanting plant materials, wood construction, cement and masonry construction, and low-voltage lighting. Lecture 3 hours per week. Preparatory training in agribusiness or business is suggested. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and HORT 3103.
  • HORT4043 Professional Landscape Management (FA, Odd) Principles and practices of landscape management and maintenance. Topics include low maintenance and seasonal color design, pruning and hazard tree management, water and fertilizer management, pesticide use, and other maintenance activities. Basic elements of marketing, specifications and contracts, estimating, personnel management, and equipment selection and acquisition relevant for landscape services will be introduced. Preparatory training in agribusiness or business is suggested. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and HORT 3103.
  • HORT4103 Fruit Production Science and Technology (SP, Odd) The management technologies and cultural practices of fruit crops including (but not limited to) blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, peaches, and apples will be presented. The underlying scientific principles of crop genetics, nutrition, and physiology will be presented as a basis for making management decisions in fruit crop productions. Corequisites: HORT 4100L. Prerequisites: HORT 2003.
  • HORT4403 Plant Propagation (SP) Principles of plant propagation using seeds, cuttings, grafting, budding, layering, and tissue culture. The physiological basis of propagation is described. Knowledge of plant growth and physiology is needed. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: HORT 4400L.  Prerequisite:  BIOL 1613 and BIOL 1611L.
  • HORT4603 Practical Landscape Planning (SP, Even ) Ornamental planting design and landscape planning concepts. Preparing planting plans, materials sheets, and cost estimates for residential properties. Prerequisite: HORT 3103.
  • HORT462V Horticulture, Landscape, Turf Sciences Internship (1-6) (FA, SP, SU) A supervised practical work experience in a nursery or landscape design, maintenance, or contracting business to gain professional competence and insight into employment opportunities. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
  • HORT4703 Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture (FA, Odd ) Operation and management of greenhouses and other controlled environments used in horticultural production. Emphasis on system design and construction, control of light intensity and photoperiod, heating and cooling systems, substrates, mineral nutrition, water quality and irrigation systems. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and CHEM 1074.
  • HORT4701L Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture Laboratory (FA, Odd ) Laboratory involving hands-on experiments designed to demonstrate principles discussed in the lecture section. Includes field trips. Co-requisite: HORT 4703.
  • HORT4803 Greenhouse Crops Production  (SP, Even ) Principles and practices of production and marketing of crops commonly grown in controlled environments including flowering containerized herbaceous species, geophytes, annual and perennial bedding plants, hydroponic vegetables and herbs.  Prerequisite:  HORT 4703.
  • HORT4801L Greenhouse Crops Production (SP, Even ) Laboratory involving hands-on experiments designed to demonstrate principles discussed in the lecture section. Includes field trips. Corequisite: HORT4803.
  • HORT4903 Golf and Sports Turf Management (FA, Odd ) Turf management techniques for golf courses, and athletic fields including species selection, root-zone construction and modification, fertilization, mowing, irrigation and pest control. Corequisite: HORT 4900L. Prerequisite:  CSES2203 and CSES 2201L and (HORT 2303 or HORT 3403).
  • HORT 4913 Rootzone Management for Golf and Sports Turf (SP, Odd)  An overview of the fundamental concepts of the physical and chemical properties of rootzones as related to construction and turfgrass management.  Prerequisite:  HORT 2303.
  • HORT4921 Golf Course Operations (even years, FA) This course is designed to cover specific aspects of golf course operations that would not be included in traditional turfgrass management courses. Topics will include budgeting, personnel management, tournament setup and operation, dealing with golf club committees, communication, and other relevant topics related to managing a golf course maintenance operation. Prerequisite: HORT 4903.