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Horticulture/Landscape Specialist

32-001-2 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time, Full Time 57 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

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

If you are ready to lead others in landscape projects, then check out this program. Learn how to design, construct and maintain a landscape. You’ll also gain skills in hydroponics, irrigation systems, tissue culture, diagnostics and propagation. In addition, you will learn the latest best practices in organic lawn and land care. On the business side, you’ll learn everything from communication skills to sales and marketing to estimating and computer-aided design. Your training will also include sustainable practices and greenhouse management/operation. You’ll learn everything you need to know to supervise individuals in landscaping, nursery or greenhouse work.

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.

    Occupational Specific (57 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Introduction to Arboriculture
    10-001-114
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10001114
    • Credits: 1.00

    Learn theory and skills in the science of arboriculture. Students will gain hands-on experience planting, pruning and maintaining trees. You’ll also learn how to diagnose pests and problems as well as how to protect the trees and treat for problems. Advance techniques of aerial work and large tree removal will be studied.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Landscape Construction 1
    10-001-181
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10001181
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers site conditions, landscape tools, and design plan implementation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Landscape Construction 2
    10-001-109
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001109
    • Credits: 2.00

    Teaches students to work with advanced construction projects, materials and methods. Students learn to develop a mobilization plan and a management system for project implementation.

    Prereq: Landscape Construction 1 (10001181)
  • Turf Management & Irrigation Systems
    10-001-130
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001130
    • Credits: 2.00

    Studies the overall basics of lawn (turf) applications including soils, grading, Wisconsin grasses and maintenance. Students will develop an understanding of the design, operation and maintenance of irrigation systems.

  • Organic Land Care
    10-001-131
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10001131
    • Credits: 2.00

    The study and installation of organic inputs for healthy landscapes. Students will brew compost tea, make compost and operate lawn care equipment. Topics explored will include alternative lawn and land care practices, practical business applications and environmental implications of current practices.

  • 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.

  • Landscape Plants, Maintenance of
    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
  • 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
  • Landscape Design 2
    10-001-184
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10001184
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches students to design and detail landscape projects. Topics covered will include construction elements, elevations, 3D Imagery and simulated walkthroughs using CAD Landscape Design Software.

    Prereq: Landscape Design 1 (10001174)
  • 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.

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