College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Horticulture - AAS

The Field

The demand for technically trained people who can plan, utilize, and care for plant materials used in residential, commercial, and recreational areas is increasing dramatically. Professional organizations estimate that the need for this type of trained technician will increase by 10 to 15 percent each year for the next ten years. This demand is also reflected in the 98 percent job-placement rate for graduates of Delhi’s Golf and Plant Sciences programs.

The College offers distinct programs in the golf and plant sciences field which give students the opportunity to specialize. Programs include Horticulture, Landscape Design and Management, Turf Management, and Golf Course Operations.

The Instructional Program

Students study one of four program areas: Horticulture, Landscape Design and Management, Turf Management, or Golf Course Operations. Credit is not lost if a student changes areas after the second semester since each program shares common core courses in the first year. Each area leads to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

The Horticulture program gives students a broad overview of the horticulture field. Practical experience is gained in growing and nurturing greenhouse crops. This program also gives students the flexibility to transfer, upon graduation, to a four-year-college program in Horticulture.

Students in the Landscape Design and Management program gain practical experience in the design and installation of residential and commercial landscapes. The program also gives students the bases for transfer to a four-year college offering a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture.

Turf Management emphasizes the care and maintenance of fine-turf areas. Students are taught the theory and practice of proper turf management, and are given extensive hands-on experience in the laboratory, at the College’s 18-hole golf course, and on the extensive campus athletic fields.

The Golf Course Operations program emphasizes the management of golf course facilities. Students are required to have knowledge of the game of golf and also to intern during the summer between the first and second years at a program-approved golf course. Students gain extensive experience on the College’s 18-hole golf course. The Golf Course Operations program is designed for seamless transfer into Delhi's Golf Course Management B.B.A. program.

All four programs afford students opportunities for extensive hands-on experience. Students are also required, with the assistance of their faculty advisor, to enroll as summer interns at various golf courses, athletic field facilities, arboretums, garden centers, and landscape contracting firms.

At the end of the second semester, a one-week field experience on Long Island is required of students in the Horticulture and Landscape Design and Management programs. Consequently, some extra expense will be incurred. Also, for these students the semester will end one week later than indicated on the College calendar.

During the fourth semester, students can take the exam for the State Pesticide Applicator’s License. This is often a required credential in the job market.

Several industry-supported scholarships are available to assist second-year students in continuing their education at Delhi.

Career Options

Career possibilities for those choosing Horticulture include: nursery manager, greenhouse manager, horticultural inspector, and garden center manager.

Landscape Design and Management graduates find opportunities in landscape design, landscape contracting, landscape production and sales, landscape equipment sales, or transfer to a B.L.A. program in Landscape Architecture.

Turf Management prepares students for careers as athletic facility managers, turf equipment salespersons, or for transfer to a bachelor degree program in Turf Management.

The Golf Course Operations program prepares students specifically for career opportunities as golf course superintendents and in related golf course support services.

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code:  0610

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

 

First Semester

Course No.

Course                                              

Cr. Hrs.

 ENGL ___

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1

 HORT 100

Orientation to Horticulture 

 1 

 HORT 120

Introduction to Horticultural Practices 

3

 HORT 130

Woody Plant Materials and Use 

3

 LARC 110

Drawing and Surveying 

3

 MATH ___

Mathematics 2

 3-4 

 

Total

16-17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course                                               

Cr. Hrs.

 BIOL 210

Botany

4

 HORT 150

Grounds Equipment and Fleet Management 

 3 

 HORT 160

Soil Technology

3

 HORT 165

Woody Plants II

1

 HORT 170

Woody Plant Identification Field Experience 3 

1

 HORT 180

Internship

 1 

 LDCT 110

Landscape Construction Principles 

3

 

Total

16

Third Semester

Course No.

Course                                              

Cr. Hrs.

 BUSI ___

Business Elective by advisement 4

 3

 COMM 100

Public Speaking

 3

 HORT 205

Horticultural Entomology 

 3

 HORT 206

Plant Pathology

 3

 LDCT 210

Planting Design 

 3

 ____ ___

Social Science Elective

 3

 

Total                                            

  18 

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course                                               

Cr. Hrs.

 HORT 212

Horticultural Chemicals

1

 HORT 220

Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance

3

 HORT 230

Greenhouse Production 

 2 

 HORT 240

Herbaceous Ornamentals

2

 PEDH 220

First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 

 2 

 ____ ___

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective

3

 ____ ___

Restricted Elective by advisement  4     

1-3

 

Total

14-16

Degree Requirement: 64 credit hours

Notes

1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

3 A one-week field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, New York is a required component of the curriculum.

4 Electives - Students may choose, with advisement, from the following electives:

Restricted Electives

Course No.

Course                                      

Cr. Hrs.

 LDCT 210

Planting Design

 2

 TURF 210

Turf Management

 3

 TURF 230

Weeds and Weed Control

 2

 TURF 260

Irrigation Design

 1

 HORT 290-
 296

Horticulture Special Problems                                        

 2

Business Electives

Course No.

Course                                            

Cr. Hrs.

 ACCT 115

Financial Accounting

 3

 BUSI 205

Small Business Management

 3

 BUSI 245

Principles of Marketing

 3

 CITA 110

Introduction to Software Applications 

 3

Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.


Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

 

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Horticulture A.A.S. program should be able to:

  1. Understand how a plant grows and develops.
  2. Understand and be able to apply the basic principles of plant care, growth, and propagation.
  3. Identify common ornamental and native plants of the Northeast United States, both woody and herbaceous.
  4. Understand the principles of two-stroke and four-stroke small engines.
  5. Operate and maintain common equipment and tools used in the profession.
  6. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of soils, fertilizers, soil amendments, and soil management techniques, and how these are manipulated for plant growth.
  7. Survey and plot a site, select appropriate plants, and design a landscape plan for that site that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in working with common landscaping materials and the associated tools.
  9. Design and develop landscape features such as steps, decks, walks, patios, and fences using materials such as flagstone, fieldstone, brick, and pressure-treated lumber.
  10. Identify common pests, diseases, and other problems of ornamental plants, and select the best method of treatment.
  11. Understand the proper and safe use and handling of horticultural chemicals.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to prune, spray, and maintain existing landscapes and ornamental plants.
  13. Understand the fundamentals of greenhouses and commercial greenhouse production.
  14. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, colleagues, and clients.
  15. Demonstrate an awareness of how a business is developed and operated in the profession.
  16. Demonstrate familiarity with the basic techniques of first aid and handling emergencies.

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