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Agriculture Business - Horticulture Courses

AGHRT 101
5 credits
Basic Crop Science
This course introduces students to the basic principles of agronomy and the science which underlies those principles. Emphasis is placed on crop management practices such as tillage methods, variety selection, and monitoring of crop growth and development. Course objectives are based on the requirements of Certified Crop Advisor exam.
AGHRT 102
2-4 credits
Pesticides and Fertilizer Application Equipment
This course emphasizes the practical application of pesticides and includes discussion and use sprayers and spreaders. Sprayer calibration is taught. Pesticide chemistry, selectivity and mode of action are introduced. Students prepare for the pesticide application exam.
AGHRT 103
3 credits
Introduction to Greenhouse and Nursery Production
Students are introduced to greenhouse management and production. Variable physical conditions found in greenhouse environments and how they relate to plant growth and development are emphasized. Principles of greenhouse construction and operation also are covered.
AGHRT 104
5 credits
Principles of Pest Management
Students are introduced to diseases, insects and weeds that pose problems to agricultural products in both the growth and storage stage. Options available to reduce or eliminate these problems for specific pest groups are discussed. Management, cultural practices, biological and natural controls, barriers, legislative controls and principles of chemical control are emphasized.
AGHRT 105
3 credits
Horticultural Retail Sales
This course provides hands-on experience in the operation of the on-campus retail garden center, including operations, marketing and customer relations.
AGHRT 106
5 credits
Greenhouse and Nursery Management I
This is the first in a series of three classes where students become engaged in the scheduling and production of flowering, tropical and bedding plants. Environmental factors affecting plant growth, manipulating the greenhouse environment, soil and water testing, fall propagation and nursery operations are emphasized.
AGHRT 107
5 credits
Greenhouse and Nursery Management II
This class is the second in a series of three where students gain hands-on experience in scheduling and production of flowering, tropical and bedding plants. Greenhouse operations, site selection, greenhouse and nursery layout, heating and cooling, seed propagation, winter nursery operations, and bedding plant seed scheduling are emphasized. Prerequisite: AGHRT 106 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 108
4 credits
Greenhouse and Nursery Management III
This class is the third in a series of three where students become engaged in the scheduling and production of flowering, tropical and bedding plants. Plug production, production planning, determining cost and profit, pest and disease management, and spring nursery layout and operations are emphasized. Prerequisite: AGHRT 107 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 109
1-3 credits
Introduction to Vegetable Gardening
Students are introduced to vegetable gardening practices as they relate to our climate. Topics covered include season extenders, planning, soil preparation, planting time, acclimation, and sustainable gardening practices.
AGHRT 110
5 credits
Fall Landscape Plant Materials
Students learn to identify fall landscape plants and their use in the Inland Northwest. Terminology of woody plant parts and plant nomenclature is emphasized.
AGHRT 111
5 credits
House Plants
This course introduces students to plant material, cultural requirements and how to properly select plants found in floral shops, mass market outlets and interior plantscapes. Indoor environment also is studied.
AGHRT 112
5 credits
Spring Landscape Plant Materials
Students learn to identify spring landscape plants and their use in the Inland Northwest. Conifers, broadleaf evergreens, and spring blooming trees and shrubs are emphasized.
AGHRT 114
3 credits
Landscape Maintenance
This course covers major landscape maintenance practices including pruning, planting, fertilizer and pesticide application, landscape equipment operation, and maintenance of irrigation systems. Relevant business practices such as bidding and scheduling also are presented.
AGHRT 115
2-3 credits
Pruning
This course introduces students to the art and science of pruning ornamental trees and shrubs using a combination of lectures and hands-on field experience.
AGHRT 116
5 credits
Green Industry Business Management
This practical course introduces basic principles of management found in the agriculture/horticulture industry. Analyzing situations and establishing appropriate procedures are emphasized. Topics presented include types of ownership, basic financial management, personnel management and government agency functions.
AGHRT 120
5 credits
Introduction to Animal Science
An introduction to animal science relating to beef, sheep and swine production with emphasis on livestock safety and the environment. Topics to be presented includes livestock breeds, reproduction, digestions, genetics, meats, marketing and breeding systems.
AGHRT 124
5 credits
Agriculture Communication Skills
A practical course designed to give the student confidence through the development of human relations and communication skills, both verbal and written. Personal development is gained through an interaction between students and an understanding of course topics. Areas of emphasis includes developing a personal resume, writing letters of application and inquiry, and applying and interviewing for a job. Emphasis also is placed on developing a positive attitude, salesmanship and public relations skills.
AGHRT 125
5 credits
Applied Agricultural Mathematics
Students are introduced to agriculturally oriented mathematical problems that are realistic, practical and thought-provoking. Agricultural production, management, marketing, horticulture and mechanization are emphasized. Students review basic mathematical concepts; calculations are accomplished with the aid of a calculator.
AGHRT 126
2-5 credits
Computer Essentials for Environmental Sciences
This nonprogramming course introduces students to the use of computers as a tool for evaluating programs in agriculture, horticulture and related fields. Students are familiarized with key software through actual applications to problems in their chosen field of study. Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics and telecommunications are emphasized.
AGHRT 171
1 credit
Agricultural Leadership Training
This course orients students with the agricultural program, the campus and community. Study skills are presented on topics such as study techniques, time management, communication and leadership styles. Leadership skills are encouraged through participation in a variety of department, club and civic activities.
AGHRT 172
1 credit
Agricultural Leadership Training
This course orients students with the agricultural program, the campus and community. Study skills are presented on topics such as study techniques, time management, communication and leadership styles. Leadership skills are encouraged through participation in a variety of department, club and civic activities.
AGHRT 173
1 credit
Agricultural Leadership Training
This course orients students with the agricultural program, the campus and community. Study skills are presented on topics such as study techniques, time management, communication and leadership styles. Leadership skills are encouraged through participation in a variety of department, club and civic activities.
AGHRT 181
1 credit
Agricultural Leadership Training
This course orients students with the agricultural program, the campus and community. Study skills are presented on topics such as study techniques, time management, communication and leadership styles. Leadership skills are encouraged through participation in a variety of department, club and civic activities.
AGHRT 182
1 credit
Agricultural Leadership Training
This course orients students with the agricultural program, the campus and community. Study skills are presented on topics such as study techniques, time management, communication and leadership styles. Leadership skills are encouraged through participation in a variety of department, club and civic activities.
AGHRT 183
1 credit
Agricultural Leadership Training
This course orients students with the agricultural program, the campus and community. Study skills are presented on topics such as study techniques, time management, communication and leadership styles. Leadership skills are encouraged through participation in a variety of department, club and civic activities.
AGHRT 185
1-3 credits
AgHort Occupational Preparation
Students learn about career opportunities in the field of AgHort: salaries, job duties, employing agencies in the public and private sectors and complete specific employment applications, resumes and letters of inquiry, and employment portfolios.  They learn and practice leadership skills in community service and then contact employers for interviews and follow-up.  Students are required to evaluate their work experience and submit comprehensive written and oral reports.  This course may be repeated up to four times.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
AGHRT 195
2-3 credits
Practicum
This course offers practical lab experience involving typical problems that arise in the various agricultural/horticultural fields such as florist, greenhouse/nursery and landscape/turf. The areas of emphasis vary depending on the students' chosen program of study.
AGHRT 201
4-5 credits
Landscape Installation
This course offers hands-on experience in installing landscapes using live projects on and off campus. Students develop competencies to become certified landscape technicians. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AGHRT 206.
AGHRT 202
4-5 credits
Principles of Irrigation
This course introduces residential, commercial and agricultural irrigation principles. Sprinkler irrigation methods and designs, and performance characteristics of sprinkler irrigation equipment are emphasized. Prerequisite: AGHRT 125 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 203
5 credits
Agriculture/Horticulture Marketing
This course presents the marketing of agricultural and horticultural crops and products. Direct marketing and value added products are emphasized. Advertising methods, pricing and selling strategies, and the development of marketing plans and break-even charts are introduced.
AGHRT 204
4 credits
Landscape Design 1
This course introduces landscape design and graphical techniques used in the landscape design profession. Students use processes and principles to design landscapes. A history of landscape design and how it has influenced the styles of today is presented. Students learn to draw landscape components and complete landscape designs by hand.
AGHRT 205
4 credits
Landscape Design 2
This course introduces advanced landscape design principles. Students use processes and principles to design several partial and whole landscapes using hand-drawn designs as well as computer aided drafting (CAD software). Prerequisite: AGHRT 204.
AGHRT 206
4-5 credits
Landscape Construction
Students are introduced to the principles and procedures of landscape construction. Estimation, bidding and site preparation, as well as the removal and installation of landscape features such as plant materials, irrigation systems and a variety of hard features. Prerequisite: AGGEN 151 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 210
3 credits
Indoor Plantscaping
A study of the plants used in the interior design of homes, offices and public buildings. Design principles, environmental and cultural needs of plants also are introduced. Course emphasis is on the professional maintenance of indoor plants.
AGHRT 211
5 credits
Floral Design Techniques
This course introduces students to basic methods and principles of floral design with emphasis on the care and handling of flowers and plants, the use of color in floral arrangements, and the creation of a variety of floral arrangements.
AGHRT 212
5 credits
Floral Design Applications
This course continues with the concepts introduced in AGHRT 211 emphasizing advanced floral arrangement methods. The study of historical periods of design and their application to contemporary floral design methods is presented. Prerequisite: AGHRT 211 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 213
5 credits
Retail Floristry
Students are introduced to the principles of successful florist management. Effective merchandising techniques and the creation of advanced floral arrangements are emphasized. Prerequisite: AGHRT 212 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 219
5 credits
Soil Management and Fertility
This course gives students a working knowledge of soil management. Students learn the role of each of the essential elements in plant growth and the deficiency symptoms of each. They also learn how the nutrients are stored in the soil and how they become available to plants. Numerous types of fertilizers and how each is used by plants are introduced. Various agricultural and horticultural soil management practices are discussed as well as how each affects the condition of the soil.
AGHRT 222
5 credits
Livestock Management
An introduction to animal science relating to beef, sheep and swine production with emphasis on livestock safety and the environment. Topics to be presented includes livestock breeds, reproduction, digestion, genetics, meats, marketing and breeding systems.
AGHRT 225
5 credits
Weed Biology and Control
This course introduces students to the basic principles and economic significance of weed biology, identification and control. Students learn to identify weeds in all stages of growth and the common characteristics of each of the weed families. The principles of weed control using herbicides are emphasized. A weed collection is required. Prerequisite: AGHRT 104 is recommended.
AGHRT 226
5 credits
Turfgrass Management
This course introduces theory and practical application in landscape management techniques. Grass selection and establishment, soil management, fertilization, irrigation, mowing, pest management and other cultural practices required in the care of home lawns, parks and golf courses are emphasized. Prerequisite: AGHRT 104 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 228
5 credits
Arboriculture
This course presents the study of woody urban landscape plant forms including growth, selection, pruning, planting, maintenance and problem solving.
AGHRT 229
3 credits
Arboriculture Climbing Techniques
This is a practical class to train students in safety, use of equipment and climbing techniques used in the arboriculture industry. Emphasis is on methods appropriate to the rope and saddle technique of tree access.
AGHRT 230
5 credits
Plant Problem Diagnosis
Students study insects, diseases and environmental factors that adversely affect the health of agricultural and greenhouse crops and landscape plants. Problem diagnosis, identification of causal agent(s), and preparing recommendations for both chemical and cultural controls are emphasized. Prerequisite: AGHRT 104 or permission of instructor.
AGHRT 232
2 credits
Pest Management Project
This is the capstone of the pest management series of courses. Students create a pest management plan for a crop or landscape including a variety of control measures for key pests. Students learn to select control measures based on a number of criteria. Prerequisite: AGHRT 104 is recommended and concurrent enrollment in AGHRT 230.
AGHRT 234
2-3 credits
Bidding and Estimating
This course introduces the student to bidding and estimating practices for landscape design, construction, installation, and maintenance. Students learn to account for the numerous factors affecting the cost of these landscape practices. Contracts and risk management are also taught.
AGHRT 240
3 credits
Practicum - Floral Design Projects 1
This course provides practical lab experience involving advanced floral design techniques and floral shop management. Prerequisite: AGHRT 213.
AGHRT 241
3 credits
Practicum - Floral Design Projects 2
This course provides practical lab experience involving advanced floral design techniques and floral shop management. Prerequisite: AGHRT 213.
AGHRT 266
1-2 credits
Cooperative Education Seminar
For course description, see Cooperative Education.
AGHRT 267
1-18 credits
Cooperative Education Work Experience
For course description, see Cooperative Education.
AGHRT 296
1-3 credits
Special Problems
This course is designed to meet specific skill levels for individual students. Course content varies depending on areas of special interest and the number of credits chosen. Established guidelines allow students to research special areas of interest. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
AGHRT 297
1-3 credits
Special Problems
This course is designed to meet specific skill levels for individual students. Course content varies depending on areas of special interest and the number of credits chosen. Established guidelines allow students to research special areas of interest. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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