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Horticulture Technology - Market Gardening

Curriculum Description

Horticulture Science Technology
Career Cluster:    Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Pathway:               Plant Systems

Program Major    Horticulture Technology

Pathway Description

These curricula are designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture.  Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science.  Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and the operation of horticulture businesses.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens.  Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and/or the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.

Program Major Description

A program that focuses on the general production and management of cultivated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

The following represents one way in which the certificate can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 01.0601
POS Approved: Fall 2022

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
HOR 162 Applied Plant Science 2 2 0 3
HOR 166 Soils & Fertilizers 2 2 0 3
HOR 245 Horticulture Speciality Crops 2 2 0 3
  Total: 6 6 0 9

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
HOR 142 Fruit & Vegetable Prod 1 2 0 2
HOR 164 Hort Pest Management 2 2 0 3
HOR 251 Insects & Diseases 2 2 0 3
  Total: 5 6 0 8

Total Credit Hours: 17


  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

2015FA - New Certificate