Horticulture, Certificate of Proficiency

Meramec

Students learn 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. grow an array of plant material in a landscape, greenhouse, or garden center setting.
  2. utilize soil test results for proper plant selection or changes to soil conditions.
  3. manage landscape areas and gardens methods of pruning, planting, and fertilizing.
  4. develop a landscape maintenance schedule.
  5. manage plant pests, insects, diseases, and weeds using ethical and sustainable methods.
  6. identify the botanical components of plants and their contributions to the life cycle of a plant.

Program of Study

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 Hours36-39

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.
HRT Elective3-6 HRT 104, 103, or 201 recommended
Credit Hours7-10
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.
HRT Elective3 Choose from HRT 103, 104, 201, 205, 217, 218, 220, 235, 240, 241, 242
Credit Hours9
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
HRT Elective3 Choose from HRT 103, 104, 201, 205, 217, 218, 220, 235, 240, 241, 242
Credit Hours10
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HRT 214 Grounds Management3HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
HRT 227 Plant Pest Management4HRT 101 or BIO 124 and Reading Proficiency.Completion of HRT 206 and HRT 207 is recommended prior to taking HRT 227
HRT Elective3 Choose from HRT 103, 104, 201, 205, 217, 218, 220, 235, 240, 241, 242
Credit Hours10
Total Credit Hours36-39

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.