Horticulture (HRT) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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HRT 100 - Introduction to Horticulture
Introduces commercial horticulture industry with emphasis on career opportunities. Examines equipment, facilities, and physical arrangements of production, wholesale and retail establishments. Surveys individual areas within horticulture industry.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 110 - Principles of Horticulture
Introduces concepts of plant growth and development. Covers horticultural practices, crops and environmental factors affecting plant growth.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 115 - Plant Propagation
Teaches principles and practices of plant propagation. Examines commercial and home practices. Provides experience in techniques using seed-spores, cuttings, grafting, budding, layering and division.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 119 - Irrigation Systems for Turf and Ornamentals
Explains why, when, and how irrigation systems are used by the grounds management industry. Includes component selection, system design, installation, operation, and maintenance.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 120 - History of Garden Design
Studies the development of gardens as they chronicle the development of civilization. Introduces the periods, in both Europe and North America, beginning with settlement, on through industrial development, land and space utilization to current environmental concerns. Explores physical and cultural influences on garden design and utilization.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 125 - Chemicals in Horticulture
Emphasizes basic chemical principles and their application to horticulture. Introduces principles of inorganic and organic chemicals. Studies chemical activities of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, and growth regulators.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 127 - Horticultural Botany
Studies taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, physiology, and genetics of plants as applied to identification, propagation and culture.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 134 - Four Season Food Production
Familiarizes students with organic small-scale food production through lecture and demonstration. Includes seed saving, cover crops, and gardening planning.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HRT 197 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HRT 201 - Landscape Plants I
Studies landscape use of plants. Considers ornamental value, growth habit, identification, and limitations. Part I of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
HRT 202 - Landscape Plants II
Studies landscape use of plants. Considers ornamental value, growth habit, identification, and limitations. Part II of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
HRT 205 - Soils
Teaches theoretical and practical aspects of soils and other growing media. Examines media components, chemical and physical properties, and soil organisms. Discusses management and conservation.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 207 - Plant Pest Management
Teaches principles of plant pest management. Covers morphology and life cycles of insects and other small animal pests and plant pathogens. Lab stresses diagnosis, chemical and non-chemical control of specific pests, and pesticide safety.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 226 - Greenhouse Management
Discusses the theoretical and applied practices of managing a greenhouse facility. Emphasizes greenhouse construction and design, environmental control, energy conservation, and related topics.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 227 - Professional Landscape Management
Focuses on basic practices and techniques involving landscape management. Includes development of a year-round management calendar and preparation of bid and contract proposals.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 233 - Landscape Drawing Applications
Applies theories of landscape design and drawing to actual design projects and tasks. Emphasizes drawing techniques and use of advanced media in applications. Includes hard line, free-style, and computer-assisted landscape drawing in simple landscape drawing applications.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 245 - Woody Plants
Studies identification, culture, and uses of woody plants in landscaping. Includes deciduous and evergreen, native and cultivated shrubs, trees and vines. Teaches scientific and common names of plants.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HRT 246 - Herbaceous Plants
Studies identification, culture and uses of herbaceous plants in landscaping. Includes perennials, biennials, common bulbs and annuals. Teaches scientific and common names of plants.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HRT 247 - Indoor Plants
Studies identification, culture, and uses of indoor plants in interior landscaping. Includes tropical, subtropical and non-hardy temperate plants. Teaches scientific and common names of plants.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HRT 259 - Arboriculture
Studies the techniques of tree care. Covers surgery, pruning, insect and disease recognition and control, fertilization, cabling, and lightning rod installation.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 260 - Introduction to Floral Design
Teaches skills required for the composition of basic table arrangements. Includes the history of design styles, identification of flowers and green, identification and use of equipment, and conditioning and handling of flowers.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 269 - Professional Turf Care
Covers turf grass identification selection, culture, propagation, and pest control. Surveys commercial turf care operations and use of common equipment.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 275 - Landscape Construction and Maintenance
Examines practical applications of commercial landscape construction techniques, and materials used. Covers construction, planting, and maintenance.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 285 - Management of a Horticultural Business
Studies the business and selling practices which relate to wholesale and retail horticultural businesses including garden centers, greenhouses, nurseries, and flower shops. Examines planning and layout, suppliers, merchandising, maintenance, and display of horticultural items.
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits