A.A.S., Major in Horticulture Technology

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The Associate in Applied Science–Major in Horticulture Technology prepares students for supervisory, middle management and technical positions in horticulture. Graduates of the two-year Horticulture Technology major may pursue careers in landscape design, implementation, maintenance as well as nursery operations, professional sports turf, lawn care and allied horticulture operations.

The horticulture technology major equips students with the latest classroom instruction coupled with indispensable hands-on experience. Subject matter includes plant materials, soil, pest control, maintenance, landscape management, landscape construction and implementation.

A strong semester of supervised cooperative work experience in horticulture allows students to begin professional development while enrolled at Piedmont Technical College.

Motivated students may also take advantage of the articulation agreement between Piedmont Technical College and Clemson University's horticulture departments to pursue a bachelor's degree in horticulture or turfgrass. Note: Students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor for possible higher level requirements and for other transferable course information.

Program Location: Greenwood County

Contact Information: Josh Murdock


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


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ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
  or ENG 101 English Composition I  
FOR 104 Introduction to Environmental & Natural Resources 1.0
HRT 105 Landscape Plant Materials 4.0
TUF 172 Turfgrass Management 1 3.0
HRT 125 Soils 4.0
CWE 101 Cooperative Work Experience Preparation 1.0
HRT 104 Landscape Design & Implementation 3.0
HRT 101 Introduction to Horticulture 3.0
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry, &Trigonometry I 3.0
  or  MAT 120 Probability and Statistics  
SPA 105 Conversational Spanish 3.0
  or SPA 101 Elementary Spanish  
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
HRT 271 SCWE in Horticulture 8.0
ART 101 Art History and Appreciation 3.0
  or Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Course*  
HRT 253 Landscape Installation 4.0
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
  or ANY Social/Behavioral Science**  
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
HRT 110 Plant Form and Function
or BIO 101 Biological Science I
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
  or BUS 101 Introduction to Business
or AGR 209 Introduction to Agriculture Marketing
HRT 144 Plant Pests 3.0
  or AGR 205 Pest Management  
HRT 230 Greenhouse Technology 4.0
TUF 252 Turfgrass Management II 3.0
AGR 211 Applied Agriculture Calculations 3.0
Total Credit Hours 69.0
* Students may choose from any humanities/fine arts.
** Students may choose from any social/behavioral science

Updated 4/10/2014


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – Prepare students for supervisory, middle management and technical positions in horticulture. Promote excellence in teaching, learning, and educational services to ensure that each student has the opportunity to attain her or his fullest potential.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1.  Complete a landscaping project including assimilation of existing conditions, design, and implementation of improvements.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of methods, materials, equipment, tools and labor resources necessary for proper design, implementation and maintenance of landscapes.

3.  Apply classroom theory and practical hands on experience to be effective in the field of horticulture and/or turfgrass after graduation.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to identify plant material, understand cultural requirements and knowledge of providing a proper environment for them to grow.

5.  Demonstrate proper plant selection and maintenance thereof for landscapes and turfgrass.

6.  Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others and ability to perform effectively in the workplace. 


Advisement Information

  • To enroll in HRT 104, 110 and 125 students should have test scores or prerequisites showing readiness for ENG 101 and MAT 170 or have the consent of the instructor.

  • Students must complete 12 credit hours of horticulture courses before entering HRT 271 - SCWE in Horticulture.
  • Please refer all new students majoring in horticulture to Josh Murdock if possible.

Advisement Information updated on 6/16/2014.