Horticulture (HRT) Courses


HRT 110 Introduction to Horticulture (3-0) 3 hrs.

This is a hands-on course that emphasizes the numerous specialties in the horticulture field. It includes a study of plants as living organisms, the fundamentals of integrated pest management and plant growth requirements. An introduction to a variety of plant care techniques is included. This is a required beginning course in both Horticulture and Viticulture and Wine Technology degree programs.  F   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 111 Tree Culture & Maintenance (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course introduces individuals to the care of trees and shrubs in the landscape based on industry standards. Topics include: woody plant anatomy, tree and shrub pruning, planting and aftercare, diagnosis of weak/strong tree structure, monetary evaluation of ornamental trees, introduction to climbing, rigging and cabling, root structure, construction vulnerabilities of trees, diagnosis of damaged trees and standard and specifications. Hands-on tree analysis and fault remediation of community trees will be emphasized.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 130 Introduction to Floriculture (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course deals with flower production, use, and merchandising. Special emphasis on production and forcing of flowers for holidays as well as floral arrangements. Practical greenhouse experience included.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 151 Plants Materials (4-0) 3 hrs.

An introduction to the identification, selection, adaptation, and utilization of common ornamental and native plants in New York State. Landscape value and wildlife usage of plants will be discussed where appropriate. The student will gain identification proficiency in association with knowledge of plant patterns and environmental planning through lecture, demonstration and field work. Field trips to Canandaigua area plant viewing locations are included. (Also listed as BIO 151.)  F   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 160 Unique Horticulture Facilities (1-1) 1 hr.

This three- to four-day course provides students with field and travel experiences relative to their coursework in horticulture. This travel course is conducted in different locations in the Northeastern United States that are noted for their botanical gardens and horticulture facilities. Students will be provided with the opportunities to observe a wide variety of plant species and learn about their identification and care. Employment opportunities at the visited facilities will be explored.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 200 Integrated Pest Management (3-0) 3 hrs.

Designed to provide the students with a working knowledge in developing environmentally sound programs in limiting harmful plant diseases and pests. The course will emphasize the principles and practices of integrating chemical, cultural, and biological controls and the issues related to pesticides and the environment. Training the students in the types and usage of pesticides and pesticide equipment will be included. Field trips.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 201 Landscape Design I (3-0) 3 hrs.

An introduction to landscape design for those interested in reading, installing or drawing designs. Theory and principles of landscape design for private homes and/or commercial enterprises, techniques for understanding how to accurately place real world items into the drawing and drawn items into the landscape, presentation techniques, development of drawing skills, and visual communication of landscape designs on paper will be covered. Also included will be discussion of the integration of landscape design principles with elements of the environment that lead to sound ecological practices and the calculation of the quantity of materials needed to complete the installation of the project. Prerequisite: HRT 151.  F   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 202 Landscape Construction and Maintenance (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course will familiarize students with construction of walks, drives, walls, patios, fireplaces, garden structures, lawns flowerbeds; and the planting and staking of trees and shrubs. Maintenance practices for the landscape, including actual pruning of small trees and shrubs, irrigation and spring and fall preparation of the landscape will be studied. Topics on business establishment and operation as well as bidding the job will be discussed.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 203 Turf Management (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course deals with grasses and grass varieties, cultural requirements of turfgrass, establishment, mowing, dethatching, aerating, fertilizing, irrigation, and weed control.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 204 Plant Propagation and Nursery Management (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course will familiarize the student with methods of increasing plant numbers and producing a saleable product. Topics include: growth structures, media, plant culture, sexual and asexual reproduction, grafting, and nursery management. Practical greenhouse and field experience included.  B   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 210 Landscape Design II (3-0) 3 Hrs.

An intense, hands-on extension of Landscape Design I that focuses on the development of professional design skills for the residential and commercial landscape. The student will develop designs, time, materials and labor cost estimates and presentation skills for a variety of real-world design projects. First hand experience using professional level techniques will be gained during this class Required field trips to landscape sites will be held during class hours. Prerequisite: HRT 201.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 220 Field Experiences in Horticulture (2-0) 2 hrs.

This is a capstone course to both the Horticulture degree and certificate. Students will combine the following: several short classroom sessions with at least fifty (50) hours of individual experience in the field, and the horticulture exit exam. Classroom topics will include review in major subject categories, career opportunities, tools for successful achievement of employment, and professional certifications. Field experience opportunities can be suggested by faculty or by the student and will vary with student interest. The horticulture exit exam is both written and walking and includes identification of plants, pests, diseases, IPM, soils, and tools common to horticulture. Prerequisite: AAS Horticulture: Successful completion of AGR 100 and twelve (12) credit hours of Horticulture courses. Prerequisite: Certificate Horticulture: Successful completion of AGR 100 and nine (9) credit hours of Horticulture courses.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 221 Horticulture Topics I (1-0) 1 hr.

This course is designed to provide students with specialization in an area related to their occupational or educational interest, and to provide students the opportunity to become more familiar with horticulture practices. Topics typically involve a field component and may be held as a residential course at the Muller Field Station or the East Hill Campus.  B   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 222 Horticulture Topics II (2-0) 2 hrs.

This course is designed to provide students with specialization in an area related to their occupational or educational interest and to provide students the opportunity to become more familiar with horticulture practices. Topics typically involve a field component and may be held as a residential course at the Muller Field Station or the East Hill campus.  B   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 223 Horticulture Topics III (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide students with specialization in an area related to their occupational or educational interest and to provide students the opportunity to become more familiar with horticulture practices. Topics typically involve a field component and may be held as a residential course at the Muller Field Station or the East Hill campus.  B   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 260 Applied Plant Pathology with Integrated Pest Management (3-2-0) 4 hrs.

A practical and hands-on course investigating the nature, causes, diagnoses, and management options of plant health problems. Interactions between the environment, disease causing organisms, and the plant will be considered as related to integrated pest management (IPM) controls. Students will be trained to identify common plant diseases including environmentally caused disorders. Consideration of site management and corrective horticultural practices as related to plant health will be included. Students will further investigate each topic utilizing laboratory skills and techniques. Field trips are included in the course. Prerequisite: BIO 251.  B   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


HRT 280 Field Entomology with Integrated Pest Management (4-0) 4 hrs.

A practical investigation of insect structure and function, ecology, behavior, and life history, as well as strategies of integrated pest management (IPM). The class will discuss various pesticides, modes of action and toxicity, environmental impact and possible effects on the applicator. Students will report on current topics such as vectors of plant and animal diseases, and the challenges to pollinator populations. Training in identification, monitoring, sampling methods, biological control and conventional crop protection approaches prepare the student for professional opportunities. Prerequisite: BIO 125  B   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


Key to Course Offering Times

F Fall
S Spring
B Both or either Spring and Fall semester
JP Jan Plan/Winter Session
SU Summer