Horticulture Science

Horticulture Science Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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ADM222 Career Capstone

3 credits – Career skills, techniques, and strategies that will assist the student in securing and maintaining employment are developed. Students will learn the fundamentals of the job search process, including interviewing skills and employment correspondence. International, legal, and ethical issues as well as technological developments affecting workplace communication skills are incorporated throughout the course. An individual capstone portfolio will be created. It is required that this course be taken the semester in which the student will be graduating.

Lecture Hours: 48

Other Requirements: This course can only be taken in the term in which the student will be completing their program of study.

Course Fee: $30.00

AGA154 Fundamentals of Soil Science

3 credits – This course presents information on soils and soil fertility, land use, soil formation, soil types, soil testing, soil physical characteristics, soil classes, primary nutrients, secondary nutrients, micro-nutrients, fertilizer materials, fertilizing, and using soil test information. The use of Global Positioning and Geographic Information Systems in recording soil data is covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGA284 Pesticide Application Certification

3 credits – This course will introduce students to the safe use of agricultural chemicals. Safety precautions and prevention of chemical exposure will be stressed when discussing types of chemicals, usage, application, equipment, and mixing. First aid and responding to chemical contamination will also be discussed. This course prepares the students for taking the Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicators Certification Exam.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $46.00

AGA376 Integrated Pest Management

3 credits – This course is designed to make application and use of some materials learned in other courses. Decision making as it deals with the total cropping plan is stressed. An individual will determine from observation weed problems, plant populations, disease problems, insect problems, and do yield checks to make recommendations for handling any problems.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGB331 Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

3 credits – This course introduces students to basic principles of organizing, financing, and managing a business. Including product merchandising and marketing, personnel management, credits, and risk management.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $32.00

AGC103 Ag Computer

3 credits – This course will introduce students to the hardware, software, word processing, database and spreadsheet programs, as well as various utility software. Applications of various agricultural management uses are covered throughout. Networks, telecommunication, Global Positioning, and Geographic Information Systems are also introduced.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH112 Introduction to Turfgrass Management

3 credits – This course introduces the types of grass species and their uses; their growth habits, and development as a unique plant species. Proper culture and establishment procedures are studied, as well as their importance to the environment.

Lecture Hours: 48

AGH122 Woody Plant Materials

2 credits – This course presents identification and cultural characteristics of commonly used woody outdoor plants used in landscape in Iowa including many native plants. Recognition of scientific names of plants, identification, and common names are also included.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

AGH221 Principles of Horticulture

3 credits – This course provides students with an overall view of how man utilizes horticulture plant materials. Topics covered are fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and their proper use and care. Proper culture and environmental conditions are also included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Course Fee: $125.00

AGH222 Plant Propagation I

2 credits – This course covers plant propagation procedures commonly done in the late winter and spring. Starting of seed and grafting will be covered. Propagation theory and history will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32

Course Fee: $50.00

AGH280 Botany for Horticulture

3 credits – This course presents the basic structure of plant life, plant nomenclature, botanical terminology, the function of plant parts: cells, tissues, roots, and leaves. The physiological processes of plant life; osmosis, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, reproduction and the basic principles of genetics, and the plants metabolism is discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGH322 Plant Propagation II

2 credits – This course covers summer and fall plant propagation practices. Softwood cuttings of outdoor shrubs and tree budding will be discussed. Fall seed collection and winter cuttings of woody plants will also be covered. General aspects of other forms of propagation and propagation equipment will be presented.

Lecture Hours: 32

Course Fee: $33.00

AGP340 Foundations of GIS and GPS

3 credits – This course will introduce fundamental processes of Global Positioning System (GPS) including technical aspects of the GPS satellites, differential correction, and hardware. The specific application of this technology for mapping, navigation, variable rate technology (VRT), and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated. Fundamental processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will also be introduced, including file formats, data base management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $31.00

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits – This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

CSC110 Introduction to Computers

3 credits – An introductory course in electronic information processing and information system management designed to provide the students with a general understanding of computer hardware and software and the facility to use this knowledge in the creation and management of useful information. Students will be given hands-on experience with operating system, word processing, database management, presentation and spreadsheet software. Exposure to and use of the Internet, including security and privacy concerns, is an integral part of the course. Basic computer literacy is expected for students entering this course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

A minimum grade of 'C' in RDG039 College Preparatory Reading II or appropriate Compass score.

Other Requirements: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits – Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits – This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability, and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate placement score.

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits – This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY102 Human and Work Relations

3 credits – This course studies self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

 

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Dianne Lellig
Butler Hall 104
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Program Advisors

Dan Lichty
Bremer Hall 101-H
319-296-2329 ext.1316
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Scott Harvey
Bremer Hall 101-H
319-296-2329 ext.1366
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Ray Beets
Butler Hall 104-A
319-296-4042
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