Horticulture - AAS
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 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.
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:
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.
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.
Minimum Total Credit Hours = 64
Major Courses Required = 41 credit hours
|Course No.||Course||Cr. Hrs.|
|HORT 100||Orientation to Horticulture||1|
|HORT 120||Introduction to Horticulture||3|
|HORT 130||Woody Plant Materials and Use||3|
|HORT 150||Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management||3|
|HORT 160||Soil Technology||3|
|HORT 165||Woody Plants II||1|
|HORT 170||Woody Plant Identification Field Experience 1||1|
|HORT 205||Horticultural Entomology||3|
|HORT 206||Plant Pathology||3|
|HORT 212||Horticultural Chemicals||1|
|HORT 220||Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance||3|
|HORT 230||Greenhouse Production||2|
|LARC 110||Drawing and Surveying||3|
|LDCT 110||Landscape Construction Principles||3|
|LDCT 210||Planting Design||3|
|PEDH 220||First Aid: Responding to Emergencies||2|
General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 19 credit hours
|Course No.||Course||Cr. Hrs.|
|COMM 100||Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL ___||Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition2||3|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|Social Science/Humanities Elective||3|
Restricted Electives = 4 credit hours by advisement4
1 A one-week field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, New York is a required component of the curriculum.
2 English is by placement according to competency.
3 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.
4 Restricted Electives - Students may choose, with advisement, from the following 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|
|LDCT 210||Planting Design||2|
|TURF 210||Turf Management||3|
|TURF 230||Weeds and Weed Control||2|
|TURF 260||Irrigation Design||1|
|Horticulture Special Problems||2|
Student Learning Outcomes
A graduate of the Horticulture A.A.S. program should be able to:
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