Horticulture (HRT)

HRT 101. Introductory Horticulture. 4 Credit Hours.

Beginning horticulture students will be introduced to the biological aspects of plant life, including cell structure, anatomy, morphology, physiology and taxonomy, and to the environmental factors which affect plant growth, including light, temperature, moisture, soils and the essential elements. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HRT 102. Soils. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of soil formation, the chemical and physical properties of natural soils and soil management. Topics include soil use as it relates to plant growth and nutrition, fertility, drainage, and soil sampling and testing. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 103. Plant Propagation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the various methods of plant propagation. Propagation by seed as well as vegetative propagation including cutting, grafting, layering, propagation of specialized structures and tissue culture will be presented. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 104. Landscape Design I. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of landscape design. It will emphasize learning computer aided design (CAD) programs that will be utilized professionally. Traditional drafting skills will also be developed to enhance plan presentation to clients. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 105. Workplace Learning: Horticulture. 1 Credit Hour.

This experiential course provides the student the opportunity to apply theory and skills learned in the classroom, learn new skills, and explore career possibilities while supervised by a professional in the field and a faculty member. Students will observe and participate in the functions of the horticultural business or institution to enhance their preparation for entering the field. Minimum 120 hours in the workplace throughout the term.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124, approval of Horticulture department and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 201. Turfgrass Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will cover general and special-purpose turfgrasses. Turfgrass use, establishment and management will be emphasized. The laboratory is designed to give the student basic skills in turfgrass identification, pest diagnosis and cultural management. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 205. Nursery and Garden Center Practices. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an overview of the nursery and garden center industries. Discussion of nursery operations will include practices from propagation through growing to final product production and distribution. Garden center topics will include merchandising, garden center layout, product trends and specialty items.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 206. Ornamental Plants - Trees and Vines. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a study of ornamental landscape plants with an emphasis on woody vines and deciduous trees. Botanical characteristics of plants will be emphasized for identification purposes. Landscape use and plant culture will also be discussed. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 207. Ornamental Plants - Shrubs and Evergreens. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a study of ornamental landscape plants with an emphasis on deciduous shrubs and evergreen shrubs and trees. Botanical characteristics of plants will be emphasized for identification purposes. Landscape use and plant culture will also be discussed. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 214. Grounds Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide students the skills necessary to manage and maintain the varied aspects of landscapes in residential and commercial settings. Specific topics will include planting techniques, soil preparation, pruning, fertilizing, water and irrigation management, and other related subjects. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 217. Landscape Design II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a continuation of HRT 104. Emphasis will be on applying the principles of art and design in developing landscape plans. Plant selection and use will be emphasized. CAD training will continue. Landscape construction plan details will be introduced.
Prerequisites: HRT 104 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 218. Landscape Design III. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a continuation of Landscape Design II with emphasis on the application of the principles of art and design in developing landscape plans. This class will detail conceptual and planting design and emphasize construction plans. CAD training will continue. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 217 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 220. Landscape Irrigation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will provide an overview of the components, management, design and use of irrigation systems used in various landscape situations. Specific applications for turf and garden irrigation will be addressed.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 227. Plant Pest Management. 4 Credit Hours.

This course is a study of the insect and disease pests that affect ornamental plants. Emphasis is on pest identification and treatment through a knowledge of signs, symptoms and pest life cycles. Preparation for the Missouri Pesticide Applicator License is also included.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 230. Ornamental Plants - Herbaceous Perennials. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will study the uses of perennials in the landscape and the role of perennials in commercial and residential garden design. Plant identification including specific characteristics such as growth habit, foliage and flowers will be emphasized. Gardening and cultural practice will be discussed.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 235. Annuals and Vegetables. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will be in introduced to the identification of annual landscape plants and their use in private, public and commercial gardens. Vegetables, their identification, use and culture will also be covered.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 241. Greenhouse Management. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will learn techniques for producing a variety of ornamental crops. Greenhouse structures, and greenhouse environmental factors and their effect on plant growth will also be studied. Wholesale production and retail marketing will be presented. Special attention will be paid to the St. Louis and Midwest markets. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.

HRT 242. Urban Tree Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will introduce students to the management of urban forest greenspaces emphasizing the social value of urban trees, street and park tree inventories, tree ordinances and program administration. Tree selection, site evaluation, soil, planting, pruning and hazard tree evaluation will be included.
Prerequisites: HRT 101 or BIO 124, HRT 206 and Reading Proficiency.