Horticulture, Associate in Applied Science

Meramec

The Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture centers on both the science and the art of horticulture through a combination of classroom theory with laboratory practice and on-the-job training. Courses in soils, plant diseases, turfgrass management and cooperative horticulture are integral parts of the program. Students receive their training in the College’s greenhouses, outdoor nursery facilities, laboratories and lath house. Students should enjoy working with plants and observing the growth process.

Graduates may specialize in nursery management, interior landscape design and maintenance, greenhouse management, horticulture retail sales, commercial grounds management and urban forestry. Entry-level jobs are available with state and city park departments, nurseries, landscape contracting firms, golf courses and retail sales.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. identify, utilize and grow an array of plant material in a landscape, greenhouse or garden center setting.
  2. gather accurate information for soil testing.
  3. analyze soil test results for proper plant selection or changes to soil conditions.
  4. manage landscape areas and gardens using proper and professional methods of pruning, planting and fertilizing learned and practiced in the classroom.
  5. develop a landscape maintenance schedule that utilizes correct horticulture methods of management.
  6. identify plant pests, insects, diseases and weeds using ethical and sustainable methods.
  7. design, schedule and install a residential or commercial landscape.
  8. develop a business plan for a small green industry related business.
  9. apply the methods of propagating plant material using the latest technology available as practiced in a laboratory setting.
  10. demonstrate the ability to collaborate with community landscape programs tending gardens and developing tree care programs.
  11. maintain turf grass areas using up to date methods of seeding, installing, watering, fertilizing and mowing learned and practiced in the classroom.
  12. operate a greenhouse using methods learned in the classroom and laboratory.

Program of Study 

Career General Education
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
CHM 109Chemistry and the Environment (MOTR CHEM 100L)4
MTH 140Intermediate Algebra (or higher)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
Program Requirements
Select 6-7 credit hours of the following:6-7
Applied Accounting
Financial Accounting I
Business Law I
Small Business Management
Introduction to Supervision
Principles of Selling
Horticulture Core
HRT 101Introductory Horticulture4
or BIO 124 General Botany I (MOTR BIOL 100LB)
HRT 102Soils3
HRT 105Workplace Learning: Horticulture1
HRT 206Ornamental Plants - Trees and Vines3
HRT 207Ornamental Plants - Shrubs and Evergreens3
HRT 230Ornamental Plants - Herbaceous Perennials3
HRT 214Grounds Management3
HRT 227Plant Pest Management4
Select one of the following focus areas:6-9
Turfgrass Management
Landscape Design
Plant Production and Marketing
Landscape Management
General Horticulture
Horticulture Electives6
Annuals and Vegetables
Select 3-6 credit hours from Focus Areas
Total Credit Hours61-65

Focus Areas

Turfgrass Management

HRT 201Turfgrass Management3
HRT 220Landscape Irrigation3
Total Credit Hours6

Landscape Design

HRT 104Landscape Design I3
HRT 217Landscape Design II3
HRT 218Landscape Design III3
Total Credit Hours9

Plant Production and Marketing

HRT 103Plant Propagation3
HRT 205Nursery and Garden Center Practices3
HRT 241Greenhouse Management3
Total Credit Hours9

Landscape Management

HRT 201Turfgrass Management3
HRT 220Landscape Irrigation3
HRT 242Urban Tree Management3
Total Credit Hours9

General Horticulture

Select 9 credit hours from above focus areas9
Total Credit Hours9
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HRT 101 Introductory Horticulture
or General Botany I (MOTR BIOL 100LB)
4Reading Proficiency.HRT 101 is a mandatory class and must be taken prior to or concurrent with any HRT course
MTH 140 Intermediate Algebra (or higher)3MTH 030 or MTH 040 with grades of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 3 years.
ENG 100 Career English
or College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
3ENG 030 and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
HRT Elective3 HRT 103, HRT 104, or HRT 201 recommended
Program Requirement Elective3-4 Choose from ACC 100, ACC 110, BLW 101, BUS 101, MGT 101, or MKT 104
Credit Hours16-17
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HRT 207 Ornamental Plants - Shrubs and Evergreens3HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Spring only
HRT 102 Soils3HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.
CHM 109 Chemistry and the Environment (MOTR CHEM 100L)4MTH 030 with a minimum grade of "C" or testing into MTH 140 or higher on the Math placement test and Reading Proficiency.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
HRT Elective3-6 Choose from HRT 103, HRT 104, HRT 201, HRT 205, HRT 217, HRT 218, HRT 220, HRT 235, HRT 240, HRT 241, HRT 242, or HRT 245
Credit Hours16-19
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HRT 230 Ornamental Plants - Herbaceous Perennials3HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.
HRT 105 Workplace Learning: Horticulture1HRT 101 or BIO 124, approval of Horticulture department and Reading Proficiency.Course is arranged
HRT 206 Ornamental Plants - Trees and Vines3HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall only
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
HRT Elective3 Choose from HRT 103, HRT 104, HRT 201, HRT 205, HRT 217, HRT 218, HRT 220, HRT 235, HRT 240, HRT 241, HRT 242, or HRT 245
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HRT 214 Grounds Management3HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.
HRT 227 Plant Pest Management4HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.
HRT Elective3 HRT 235 recommended
Program Requirement Elective3 Choose from ACC 100, ACC 110, BLW 101, BUS 101, MGT 101, or MKT 104
Credit Hours13
Total Credit Hours61-65

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