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Greenhouse Operations New

10-001-6 Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

In the fast-growing and ever-changing field of horticulture, the Greenhouse Operations associate degree is a great opportunity to become a valuable member of the horticulture industry. This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers in the greenhouse field. You’ll apply the latest hands-on technologies in an environmentally friendly and sustainable practice. Your training will include propagating and growing plants, learning hydroponic food production, working in outdoor settings, diagnosing pest issues and designing a greenhouse growing operation. Instruction covers a wide array of plant types.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (45 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Horticulture Soils
    10-001-112
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10001112
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the properties of soils and applies them to horticultural uses as a growing medium and as an engineering base for landscaping.

  • Woody Ornamental Plant ID
    10-001-158
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10001158
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explains plant classification and identification techniques. Students will utilize these techniques to properly name and identify commonly used deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Culture and care will also be discussed.

  • Survey of Herbaceous Plants
    10-001-159
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10001159
    • Credits: 3.00

    Studies commonly used annual, bulb and perennial herbaceous plants, with an emphasis on their use in the landscape, culture and care.

    Coreq: Landscape Tools 94001001
  • Fall Landscape Maintenance
    10-001-170
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001170
    • Credits: 3.00

    Studies the maintenance and care of woody plants, including evergreens, vines, garden flowers, bulbs and nursery stock. Discusses pruning, training, fertilizing, watering, planting, physical and chemical control of plant growth, transplanting, winterizing, weed control and production.

    Coreq: Landscape Tools 94001001
  • Landscape Design 1
    10-001-174
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10001174
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the landscape design process through the understanding of concepts such as outdoor room, design principles, site function and form composition. The course also includes drafting, site analysis and graphics.

    Coreq: Horticulture Design Tools 94001002
  • Introduction to Horticulture
    10-001-111
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10001111
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides an overview of the horticulture profession, including its role and importance throughout history. Current trends and career opportunities will be covered. Particular attention is given to horticulture crops, plant classification, their use, and the interrelationships between the environment, plant growth and plant development.

    Coreq: Landscape Tools 94001001
  • Greenhouse and Turf Pest Management
    10-001-113
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10001113
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on training to successfully pass the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam (which is proctored in this class). Additionally, students will be familiarized with chemical handling, mixing, calibration and application via field exercises.

  • Equipment Operation, Horticulture
    10-001-117
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001117
    • Credits: 2.00

    Teaches students how to operate a variety of landscape equipment. Hands-on training will require the students to acquire an understanding of the safe operation of equipment. Focus will be on pre-operation, operation, and post-operation procedures and skills.

  • Landscape Management
    10-001-123
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10001123
    • Credits: 3.00

    Uses a practical approach to training people in the basics of landscape supervision and management. The course emphasizes the application of theory and covers landscape management functions and the skills needed to perform those functions.

  • Landscape Estimating and Technical Reports
    10-001-145
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10001145
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers landscape project cost estimating, proposal preparation, and professional written and verbal communication. Students determine landscape project material, equipment, and labor costs, and prepare project proposals, sales presentations, and a lien letter and letter of introduction.

  • Plant Propagation
    10-001-108
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001108
    • Credits: 2.00

    Addresses production and propagation techniques for growing plants. Students will explore using a variety of equipment and methods.

    Coreq: Landscape Tools 94001001
  • Business, Introduction to
    10-102-112
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10102112
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides an overview of the variety of activities in the world of business. It focuses on the responsibilities connected with operating a business from both organizational and managerial viewpoints. It also examines the role of government in business.

  • Tissue Culture Propagation
    10-001-115
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001115
    • Credits: 2.00

    Teaches students how to set up a tissue culture lab and propagate plants, in vast numbers, using laboratory conditions. Class will propagate several types of plant material.

  • Greenhouse Transition to Summer
    10-001-119
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10001119
    • Credits: 1.00

    Is designed to give the learner the experience of working in a greenhouse during the transitional period of spring to summer plant tasks and needs. This class will include plant care both in greenhouse and in shade house. Also covered will be after care of greenhouse, hoop houses, and shade house facilities.

  • Hydroponic Growing & Systems
    10-001-121
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10001121
    • Credits: 2.00

    Explores various hydroponic systems, their specific plant material, and growing conditions. Students will work hands-on with several units and plant materials.

  • Interiorscaping
    10-001-122
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001122
    • Credits: 2.00

    Studies the identification, characteristics, and physical requirements of interior plants.

  • Greenhouse Management & Control Systems
    10-001-125
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001125
    • Credits: 2.00

    Examines the day-to-day operation of a greenhouse to include operating systems, spatial management and planning crop timing.

  • Plant Diagnostics
    10-001-140
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001140
    • Credits: 2.00

    Covers the science of making proper diagnoses of plant insects and disease problems and appropriate control strategies. Students will learn the difference between signs and symptoms and identification of problem plants.

    Coreq: Landscape Tools 94001001

    General Studies (15 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • College Mathematics
    10-804-107
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804107
    • Credits: 3.00

    Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics in the areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement and data. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.

    Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 65+, Next Gen 263+, ACT Math 18+ OR Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Economics
    10-809-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809195
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed to give an overview of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Psychology of Human Relations
    10-809-199
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809199
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
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