Horticulture Science

Horticulture Science Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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ADM222 Career Capstone

3 credits – Career skills, techniques, and strategies that will assist the student in securing and maintaining employment are developed. Students will learn the fundamentals of the job search process, including interviewing skills and employment correspondence. International, legal, and ethical issues as well as technological developments affecting workplace communication skills are incorporated throughout the course. An individual capstone portfolio will be created. It is required that this course be taken the semester in which the student will be graduating.

Lecture Hours: 48

Other Requirements: This course can only be taken in the term in which the student will be completing their program of study.

Course Fee: $30.00

AGA154 Fundamentals of Soil Science

3 credits – This course presents information on soils and soil fertility, land use, soil formation, soil types, soil testing, soil physical characteristics, soil classes, primary nutrients, secondary nutrients, micro-nutrients, fertilizer materials, fertilizing, and using soil test information. The use of Global Positioning and Geographic Information Systems in recording soil data is covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGA284 Pesticide Application Certification

3 credits – This course will introduce students to the safe use of agricultural chemicals. Safety precautions and prevention of chemical exposure will be stressed when discussing types of chemicals, usage, application, equipment, and mixing. First aid and responding to chemical contamination will also be discussed. This course prepares the students for taking the Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicators Certification Exam.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $46.00

AGA376 Integrated Pest Management

3 credits – This course is designed to make application and use of some materials learned in other courses. Decision making as it deals with the total cropping plan is stressed. An individual will determine from observation weed problems, plant populations, disease problems, insect problems, and do yield checks to make recommendations for handling any problems.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGB331 Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

3 credits – This course introduces students to basic principles of organizing, financing, and managing a business. Including product merchandising and marketing, personnel management, credits, and risk management.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $32.00

AGC103 Ag Computer

3 credits – This course will introduce students to the hardware, software, word processing, database and spreadsheet programs, as well as various utility software. Applications of various agricultural management uses are covered throughout. Networks, telecommunication, Global Positioning, and Geographic Information Systems are also introduced.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH107 Horticulture Lab

1 credit – Horticulture lab offers students the opportunity to work in the Hawkeye horticulture laboratory under the supervision of an instructor. Students will be assigned projects and will be responsible for completing them on a timely basis for a limited time. This course may be repeated up to five times.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

AGH107 Horticulture Lab

1 credit – Horticulture lab offers students the opportunity to work in the Hawkeye horticulture laboratory under the supervision of an instructor. Students will be assigned projects and will be responsible for completing them on a timely basis for a limited time. This course may be repeated up to five times.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

AGH112 Introduction to Turfgrass Management

3 credits – This course introduces the types of grass species and their uses; their growth habits, and development as a unique plant species. Proper culture and establishment procedures are studied, as well as their importance to the environment.

Lecture Hours: 48

AGH119 Herbaceous Plant Materials

2 credits – This course covers identification, adaptation, cultural characteristics and uses of selected annuals, perennials and bulbs suitable for use in landscape and gardens in Iowa. Students will identify the plants covered and will also be required to incorporate them into four flower garden design projects.

Lecture Hours: 32

AGH122 Woody Plant Materials

2 credits – This course presents identification and cultural characteristics of commonly used woody outdoor plants used in landscape in Iowa including many native plants. Recognition of scientific names of plants, identification, and common names are also included.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

AGH134 Greenhouse Production

3 credits – This course explores various employment opportunities in the greenhouse career field. Production theories and practices are studied. Emphasis is on proper techniques of watering, potting, transplanting, fertilizing, and various other aspects of greenhouse production. Cultural practices used to produce the most common greenhouse crops are also covered.

Lecture Hours: 48

AGH140 Equipment Operations

2 credits – This course introduces the general care and use of horticultural equipment in turf and landscape maintenance and construction. Emphasis is on operation, preventative maintenance performed by the operator, daily lubrications, and minor adjustments. Students will also mount and dismount accessories used on the equipment. Safe operation of machinery is emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

AGH140 Equipment Operations

2 credits – This course introduces the general care and use of horticultural equipment in turf and landscape maintenance and construction. Emphasis is on operation, preventative maintenance performed by the operator, daily lubrications, and minor adjustments. Students will also mount and dismount accessories used on the equipment. Safe operation of machinery is emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

AGH143 Equipment Repair

3 credits – This course is an introduction to basic maintenance of mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems of gasoline and diesel engines. Maintenance, up-keep, and repair techniques on reel mowers, rotary mowers, and other horticulture equipment are covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH145 Landscape Construction

2 credits – This course is an introduction to the basics of landscape construction including classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the operation of small landscape equipment. Tree, shrub, and turfgrass establishment and maintenance, and maintenance of existing plants and structures are covered. Students will have the opportunity to experience the construction of walkways, retaining walls, beams or other landscape features.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

AGH161 Irrigation Systems

3 credits – This course presents various types of irrigation equipment: heads, valves, controllers, pipe, and the accessories used in an irrigation system. The course presents the function of water, its relationships to plants and soil, and an introduction to water hydraulics.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH211 Advanced Turfgrass Management

3 credits – This course provides opportunities for students to learn techniques of golf course management and operation. Proper construction of specific golf course areas such as: greens, trees, bunkers, basic golf course design is presented. Budgets, irrigation, maintenance and an integrated pest management program are presented.

Lecture Hours: 48

Course Fee: $35.00

AGH221 Principles of Horticulture

3 credits – This course provides students with an overall view of how man utilizes horticulture plant materials. Topics covered are fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and their proper use and care. Proper culture and environmental conditions are also included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Course Fee: $125.00

AGH222 Plant Propagation I

2 credits – This course covers plant propagation procedures commonly done in the late winter and spring. Starting of seed and grafting will be covered. Propagation theory and history will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32

Course Fee: $50.00

AGH270 Nursery Production

2 credits – This course introduces the student to theory and techniques of springtime nursery production. Students will plant trees, shrubs and evergreens in the horticulture lab nursery, and participate in other nursery cultural practices, such as: weed control, pruning, cultivation, etc.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $71.00

AGH273 Nursery Management

3 credits – Basic management functions are applied to a plant nursery. Advertising, harvest and sale of trees and shrubs from the school nursery provide students with hands-on experiences. Chemical selection for pest control in a nursery will also be covered. Students will be involved in planning the planting of the horticulture lab nursery.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH280 Botany for Horticulture

3 credits – This course presents the basic structure of plant life, plant nomenclature, botanical terminology, the function of plant parts: cells, tissues, roots, and leaves. The physiological processes of plant life; osmosis, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, reproduction and the basic principles of genetics, and the plants metabolism is discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH281 Arboriculture

3 credits – This course is a study of tree culture with emphasis on propagation, pruning, transplanting, pest control, urban environment concerns and recognition of hazards and liabilities. Methods of evaluation of values of trees also studied.

Lecture Hours: 48

AGH292 Garden Center Management

3 credits – In this course display, promotion, and merchandising in the modern garden center will be stressed. Problems of distribution functions of marketing and their costs will be studied. Management's role in organizing a business and financial planning will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 48

AGH322 Plant Propagation II

2 credits – This course covers summer and fall plant propagation practices. Softwood cuttings of outdoor shrubs and tree budding will be discussed. Fall seed collection and winter cuttings of woody plants will also be covered. General aspects of other forms of propagation and propagation equipment will be presented.

Lecture Hours: 32

Course Fee: $33.00

AGH400 Athletic Field Maintenance

3 credits – This course studies specific sport facilities utilizing turf grasses including football, soccer, field hockey, baseball, and softball fields. Techniques of operation, management, maintenance, budgets, construction, and irrigation will be covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH425 Grounds Maintenance

3 credits – This course introduces basic maintenance practices used on a golf course; golf course etiquette, procedures such as top dressing, aerifying, mowing, verticutting, fertilizing, watering, and changing cups on a green. The course introduces maintenance practices used in sports complexes, parks and recreation areas, and commercial and industrial grounds.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH610 Spanish for the Green Industry

3 credits – This is a practical Spanish Language course that provides immediate access to functional language skills for non-Spanish-speakers in the "green industry." Special sections are devoted to agriculture, landscaping, grounds keeping, nurseries, and turf management terminology. This course emphasizes the most important commands, questions, and phrases pertinent to daily interactions between non-Spanish-speakers and Spanish-speaking individuals. In addition, this course addresses cultural aspects of working with Spanish speaking populations such as employment, medical, and safety issues. No prior language of Spanish is necessary.

Lecture Hours: 48

AGH610 Spanish for the Green Industry

3 credits – This is a practical Spanish Language course that provides immediate access to functional language skills for non-Spanish-speakers in the "green industry." Special sections are devoted to agriculture, landscaping, grounds keeping, nurseries, and turf management terminology. This course emphasizes the most important commands, questions, and phrases pertinent to daily interactions between non-Spanish-speakers and Spanish-speaking individuals. In addition, this course addresses cultural aspects of working with Spanish speaking populations such as employment, medical, and safety issues. No prior language of Spanish is necessary.

Lecture Hours: 48

AGP340 Foundations of GIS and GPS

3 credits – This course will introduce fundamental processes of Global Positioning System (GPS) including technical aspects of the GPS satellites, differential correction, and hardware. The specific application of this technology for mapping, navigation, variable rate technology (VRT), and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated. Fundamental processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will also be introduced, including file formats, data base management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $31.00

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

CNS121 Environmental Conservation

3 credits – This course enables students to learn about their environment. Students study about natural ecosystems, interactions within ecosystems, ecological principles and their application, the impact our increasing population has on the environment, the importance and components of a sustainable agriculture, and the environmental issues facing today’s world.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

CNS121 Environmental Conservation

3 credits – This course enables students to learn about their environment. Students study about natural ecosystems, interactions within ecosystems, ecological principles and their application, the impact our increasing population has on the environment, the importance and components of a sustainable agriculture, and the environmental issues facing today’s world.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits – This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

CSC110 Introduction to Computers

3 credits – An introductory course in electronic information processing and information system management designed to provide the students with a general understanding of computer hardware and software and the facility to use this knowledge in the creation and management of useful information. Students will be given hands-on experience with operating system, word processing, database management, presentation and spreadsheet software. Exposure to and use of the Internet, including security and privacy concerns, is an integral part of the course. Basic computer literacy is expected for students entering this course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

A minimum grade of 'C' in RDG039 College Preparatory Reading II or appropriate Compass score.

Other Requirements: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits – Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits – This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Appropriate Placement Test Scores: ACT Math Score of 25 OR Compass Score of 51-100 in the College Algebra Domain or 31-50 in the Trigonometry Domain.

Other Requirements: Successful completion (C or better) of three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra and one year of geometry and/or trigonometry, or appropriate mathematics placement score.

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits – This course is the second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT122 College Algebra

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits – This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability, and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate placement score.

MAT210 Calculus I

4 credits – This course is the first in a calculus sequence. The course covers topics including functions and their graphs, limits, derivatives and applications of differentiation, and integrals.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT134 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry and three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry

MAT216 Calculus II

4 credits – This course is a continuation of MAT-210 Calculus I. The course covers topics including integration techniques related to surface areas and volumes, infinite series, conic sections, parametric equations, and polar coordinates.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT210 Calculus I or equivalent

MAT219 Calculus III

4 credits – This course is a continuation of MAT-216 Calculus II. The course covers topics including integration and differentiation techniques related to vectors, vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and vector analysis.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT216 Calculus II or equivalent

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits – This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators with emphasis placed on critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY102 Human and Work Relations

3 credits – This course studies self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

 

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