College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017


Horticulture - AAS

The Instructional Program

The college offers distinct programs in the golf and plant sciences field, which gives students the opportunity to specialize. 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 (AAS) degree. Students choose one of the following programs:

Horticulture emphasizes 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.

Landscape Design and Management emphasizes 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's degree in Landscape Architecture.

Golf and Sports 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 and Sports Turf Management AAS program is designed for seamless transfer into Delhi's Golf and Sports Turf Management BBA.

These 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.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 70 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 70
  • Biology Regents: 70

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


SUNY Curriculum Code: 0610

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS, 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.

AAS and AOS 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.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 64

Major Courses Required = 38 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
HORT 100 Orientation to Horticulture Sciences 1
HORT 120 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 130 Plant Materials I 3
HORT 160 Soil Science 3
HORT 165 Woody Plants II 1
HORT 170 Woody Plant Identification Field Experience1  
  OR 1
HORT 115
Landscape Construction Principles 3
HORT 140
Drawing and Surveying 3
HORT 180 Horticultural Sciences Internship 1
HORT 205 Horticultural Entomology 3
HORT 206 Plant Pathology 3
HORT 212 Horticultural Chemicals  
HORT 220 Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance 3
HORT 230 Greenhouse Production 2
HORT 240 Horticultural Plant Production 3
HORT 260
Planting Design 3
LARC 120 Landscape Graphics 2

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 22 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 210 Botany 4
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ___ English from GE10 by advisement 3
MATH ___ Mathematics from GE1 by advisement
  General Education Electives 9

Restricted Electives = 4 credit hours by advisement2


1 A one-week field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, New York.

2 Restricted Electives are by advisement; the student must work closely with their advisor to choose restricted electives.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Horticulture AAS program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of botany.
  • Understand and apply the basic principles and terminology used in the care, pruning, growth, propagation, growing media, soil amendments, and fertilization of plants.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the proper identification, terminology, and use of woody trees, shrubs, ground covers and herbaceous plants used in various Northeast landscapes.
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of basic surveying techniques; the proper use of transits and levels; and the necessary drafting and drawing skills to communicate the data collected.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diagnosis, repair, and operation of equipment.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of soil: its genesis, composition, classification, physical and chemical characteristics; and how to test, correct, and implement proper soil management practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the construction principles and materials used for decks, fences, patios, walks, and retaining walls.
  • Understand and apply the theory and principles of landscape design for both residential and commercial sites
  • Understand the fundamentals of greenhouses and greenhouse production.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how a business is developed and operation in the profession.
  • Select appropriate herbaceous plants and design a landscape plan that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Understand basic concepts in plant pathology and entomology as they relate to ornamental plants.
  • Describe, demonstrate, and apply the basic theories of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices.
  • Properly identify, select, calibrate, and safely apply pesticides.
  • Prepare analysis, design, and presentation drawings to communicate design intent to a client.
  • Display a thorough understanding of the horticulture industry, acquired through a 180-hour summer internship.
  • Properly select and maintain trees.
  • Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.