Division Chair

Brad Ramsdale,  Ph.D., Associate Professor

Faculty

Tee Bush, Associate Professor

John Porter, Assistant Professor

Dan Stehlik, Lecturer

Mission

The Agronomy-Agricultural Mechanics Division is dedicated to the development of innovative individuals in the agronomy, horticulture and agricultural equipment disciplines. These degree programs prepare students for lifelong careers in agronomy, horticulture, and ag equipment industries. Graduates gain technical knowledge necessary for success in their chosen career path and obtain skills for lifelong learning and community leadership.

NCTA’s campus includes a farm laboratory with over 500 acres of crop and pasture land combined. The farm has three center-pivots including a state-of-the-art Reinke center-pivot irrigation system. Ag mechanics, welding and irrigation technology laboratories are fully equipped. Additionally, the NCTA greenhouse and high tunnel, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum affiliate site and campus ground, and the surrounding community provide living laboratories for horticulture students.

Farm Ownership Advantage Program

This program is designed to assist students in obtaining their own farm or diversified agriculture operation. The outcome of this program is a beginning farmer loan application.

  • Enroll in Agronomy Industry Management or Diversified Agriculture option.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Options

Agronomy-Ag Mechanics Core Courses

The following courses are required for all Associate of Applied Science degree options.

AGR 2903INTERNSHIP3
ECN 1103INTRODUCTION TO AG ECONOMICS3
ABM 2963Farm, Ranch, and Small Business Record Keeping3
or ACT 1103 ACCOUNTING I
ABM 2854FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT3-4
or MGT 2103 MGT CONCEPTS
ABM 2903ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
or AGR 2943 FARM AND RANCH CAPSTONE
Total Credit Hours15-16

Agricultural Equipment Management Option

  • Students will be able to safely operate, troubleshoot and maintain agricultural equipment.
Associate of Applied Science Core
Complete requirements20-22
Credit Hours Subtotal: 22
Agronomy-Ag Mechanics Core
Complete requirements15-16
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Equipment Management Courses
Select 20 credits of the following:20
SMALL ENGINES
EQUIPMENT PRINCIPLES
WELDING
INTERMEDIATE WELDING
DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
AC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
HYDRAULICS
ADVANCED WELDING
EQUIP PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
MECHANIZED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
DIESEL ENGINE
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Electives
Advisor Guided Electives12-15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours70

Agronomy Industry Management Option

  • Students will be able to apply economically sound and environmentally sustainable agricultural crop production practices in the Great Plains.
Associate of Applied Science Core
Complete requirements20-22
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Agronomy-Ag Mechanics Core
Complete requirements15-16
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Agronomy Option Core
Complete requirements24
See below:
CROP PRACTICUM I
SOILS LAB
PRINCIPLES OF SOILS
AG MARKETING
CROP PRACTICUM II
CROP PRACTICUM III
SOIL FERTILITY
PEST MANAGEMENT
IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT
CROP MANAGEMENT
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Agronomy Specialization
Select 6 credits of the following:6
EQUIPMENT PRINCIPLES
WELDING
EQUIP PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
PRECISION FARM TECH
DIESEL ENGINE
NATURAL RES MNGT
CROPS JUDGING I
CROPS JUDGING II
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Electives
Advisor Guided Electives2-5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours70

Diversified Agriculture Management Option

  • Students will be able to apply economically sound and environmentally sustainable agricultural crop production practices in the Great Plains.
Associate of Applied Science Core
Complete requirements20-22
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Agronomy-Ag Mechanics Core
Complete requirements15-16
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Diversified Agriculture Core
See below:7
PRINCIPLES OF SOILS
SOILS LAB
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Diversified Agriculture Specialization
Select two of the following:6-8
PRECISION FARM TECH
SOIL FERTILITY
IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT
PEST MANAGEMENT
CROP MANAGEMENT
Select two of the following:6
FEEDLOT SYSTEMS
LIVESTK & CARC EVAL
NUTRITION
LIVESTOCK BREEDING
BEEF PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Electives
Advisor Guided Electives11-16
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours70

Associate of Science Degree Option (Transfer)

  • Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge in the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and oral/written communication along with a basic understanding of agriculture consistent with standards set for baccalaureate degrees.

Agronomy Option

Associate of Science Core
Complete requirements27-29
Credit Hours Subtotal: 27
Agronomy Specialization
Select 24 credits of the following:24
FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT
ACCOUNTING I
SOILS LAB
PRINCIPLES OF SOILS
SOIL FERTILITY
CROP MANAGEMENT
RANGE MANAGEMENT
MICROECONOMICS
MACROECONOMICS
AG MARKETING
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Electives
Advisor Guided Electives11-13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Total Credit Hours64

Horticulture Option

Associate of Science Core
Complete requirements26-28
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26
Horticulture Specialization
Select 24 credits of the following:24
ACCOUNTING I
SOILS LAB
PRINCIPLES OF SOILS
SOIL FERTILITY
MICROECONOMICS
LANDSCAPE APPRECIATION
LANDSCAPE PLANTS I
PLANT PROPAGATION
LANDSCAPE PLANTS II
LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
HST 1113
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Electives
Advisor Guided Electives11-13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Total Credit Hours64

Ag Chemical Application

  • Students will be able to mix and apply agricultural chemicals safely and efficiently.
  • Students will be able to interact professionally with colleagues and clients.

Ag Chemical Application, Certificate

AEQ 2103AG CHEM APPLICATOR,AG CHEMICAL APPLICATION3
AEQ 2323PRECISION FARM TECH3
AGR 2353PEST MANAGEMENT3
AGR 2201COMMERICAL AG CARRIER1
Advisor Guided Electives (AGR or AEQ)6
Total Credit Hours16

Irrigation Technician

  • Students will gain a foundational knowledge in electricity and mechanized irrigation systems in order to effectively and safely service, repair, troubleshoot, and install center-pivot systems.
  • Students will be able to interact professionally with colleagues and clients.

Irrigation Technician, Certificate

AEQ 11722
AEQ 1501INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC CODE1
AEQ 1503DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS3
AEQ 1513AC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS3
AEQ 2404MECHANIZED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS4
SPC 1103SALES COMM3
Total Credit Hours16

Welding

  • Students will be able to perform welding and fabrication technical skills.
  • Students will be able to interact professionally with colleagues and clients.

Agricultural Welding, Certificate

AEQ 11722
AEQ 1203WELDING3
AEQ 1313INTERMEDIATE WELDING3
AEQ 2214ADVANCED WELDING4
AEQ 2604WELDING APPRENTICESHIP4
Total Credit Hours16

Crop Production, Certificate

  • Students will gain a foundational knowledge in crop production related principles and practices.
Required General Education Credits
Complete requirements6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Crop Production Emphasis
Select 18 credits of the following:18
EQUIPMENT PRINCIPLES
WELDING
EQUIP PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
PRECISION FARM TECH
SOILS LAB
PRINCIPLES OF SOILS
SOIL FERTILITY
IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT
PEST MANAGEMENT
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Electives
Advisor Guided Electives6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours30

Diversified Agriculture, Certificate

  • Students will gain a foundational knowledge in crop and livestock production principles and practices.
Required General Education Credits
Complete requirements6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Diversified Agriculture Emphasis
Select 12 credits from AGR, AEQ, ASI, or HSL courses12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Electives
Advisor Guided Electives12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours30
AEQ1071
INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

Description: Designed to acquaint students with standard industry practices and emergency procedures and develop an awareness of job hazards. Students will prepare for a CPR/First Aid exam and receive some bulk handling equipment training (forklift/skid steer).

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AEQ1103
SMALL ENGINES

Description: A complete course in gasoline engine operation. It consists of operational theory and nomenclature including the internal components and its air, fuel, lubrication, and cooling system. This course will emphasize small and multi-cylinder gas and diesel engines.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ1153
EQUIPMENT PRINCIPLES

Description: Students will be exposed to the basic principles of agricultural equipment including power trains, hydraulics, fuel systems and electricity. Alternative devices will be studied.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ1171
FARM EQUIP & SAFETY

Description: An orientation into the safe operation of tractors, combines, balers, skid loaders, and other common farm equipment. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to safely operate several types of equipment.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AEQ1203
WELDING

Description: Develop fundamental skills and procedures for oxy/acetylene, arc, and wire feed welding in flat position. Included will be basic blueprint interpretation and weld symbols, with metal cutting and preparation techniques.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ1313
INTERMEDIATE WELDING

Description: (Pre req: AEQ 1203 or equivalent) Develop skills in vertical, horizontal and overhead position arc and wire feed welding. Plasma Arc Cutting and a small assigned construction project are included. Use of a spool gun and TIG equipment will be introduced.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ1501
INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC CODE

Description: Introduction to Nebraska state electrical law and the National Electric Code as they pertain to the working electrician.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AEQ1503
DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS

Description: Fundamentals of DC electricity as applied to series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Diagnosis and troubleshooting of circuits with test equipment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ1513
AC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS

Description: Fundamentals of AC electricity including alternating current theory, waveform quanities and characteristics, and network analysis. Diagnosis and troubleshooting simple circuits with proper test equipment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ1651
HARVEST OPERATIONS

Description: The course will primarily focus on grain harvest operations. Grain combine setup and operation will be emphasized. Students will gain an understanding of factors influencing harvest efficiency including estimating harvest losses. Combine yield monitor operation will also be included.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AEQ1713
CARPENTRY

Description: Learning basic tools and techniques of carpentry as it would pertain to a farm and ranch, including selection, use and maintenance of hand and power tools; selection of wood construction materials; construction of joints; application of finishes; and using these basic skills to follow a plan in thee construction of a functional project.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ2103
AG CHEM APPLICATOR

Description: An introduction to the systems, major equipment and supporting components required for chemical application in agricultural production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ2211
HYDRAULICS

Description: Basic study of hydraulic concepts, applications, and operation as applied to power equipment systems. This class also includes study of the diagnosis of power equipment with the emphasis on hydraulic problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AEQ2214
ADVANCED WELDING

Description: (Pre req: AEQ 1313 or equivalent) Students will develop skills using a spool gun and TIG welding, and additional arc and wire feed welding on a wide variety of metals. The second eight weeks is devoted toward preparation for American Welding Society certification.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

AEQ2303
EQUIP PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Description: A study of economic principles and principles of operation, adjustments, repair, maintenance, and tune-up of farm vehicles (automotive, tractors, and powered farm equipment vehicles).

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ2323
PRECISION FARM TECH

Description: A course designed to acquaint students with the basic skills of farm map creation, GPS hardware components, software choices, decision making skills and application of GPS/GIS in the agriculture industry for improved crop management and protection of the environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ2404
MECHANIZED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

Description: Fundamentals of mechanized irrigation systems focusing on center-pivot components. Technial service and operation will be emphasized. Application of industrial electrical components and controls.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

AEQ2413
DIESEL ENGINE

Description: A study of cost effective maintenance programs for agriculture power equipment. Included is nomenclature, operational theory, adjustment and maintenance of agriculture gasoline and diesel engines. Lab includes the disassembly of a diesel engine.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AEQ2604
WELDING APPRENTICESHIP

Description: (Pre req: approval by Division Chair) The apprenticeship provides job experience in your field of study at an approved work location. Official agreements are entered into between the student, employer, and the college. The internship must last a minimum of 8 weeks averaging at least 40 hours per week. A written journal of daily work activities plus a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation are required upon completion. Students must submit a list of learning objectives prior to the apprenticeship and include discussion of these within their presentation. The student and employee will also complete a survey at the conclusion of the apprenticeship.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

AEQ2801
REINKE CERTIFICATION

Description: Students will complete the Reinke Platinum PLUS Certified Technician training program. The course is an on-line training program developed by Reinke with integrated exams at the end of each training module. Students will be expected to complete the training sessions on their own time; however, faculty assistance will be available. To receive a Pass for the course, students must meet performance standards established by Reinke.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR1011
AGRICULTURAL CAREERS

Description: Students will be exposed to the great diversity of careers that support the agricultural industry. Educational requirements to prepare for these agricultural careers will also be explored.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR1091
CROP PRACTICUM I

Description: This is the first course of a 3-course sequence that integrates students into the crop production on NCTA's farm laboratory. Students will work as a team to develop a crop management plan for one of NCTA's crop fields. The plan will include actual production practices, budgeting and marketing of the harvested crop. Crop planting and harvest will be conducted by the students and possibly some ag chemical applications. Due to farm size limitations, the practicum courses will be limited to just Agronomy majors.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR1103
CROP SCIENCE

Description: Students will develop a global understanding of the food, feed, and fiber system. Crop production strategies to maximize yield and quality while sustaining resources and the environment will be emphasized. Principles of crop growth and deelopment, pest management and technology for crop production will be covered.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR1116
AGRICULTURE APPLICATIONS

Description: This course is designed for students to gain experience in handling conditions on the farm daily. Students will receive hands on experience.

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:6

ACE:

AGR1201
SOILS LAB

Description: Laboratory activities dealing with physical, biological and chemical properties of soils that support plant growth.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR1203
PRINCIPLES OF SOILS

Description: A study of soil formation, physical, biological and chemical properties of soil with attention given to conditions that affect plant growth. Impacts of crop management on soil quality will be emphasized.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR1213
NATURAL RES MNGT

Description: A study of our natural resources with special emphasis on soil and water management including land classification, conservation practices, and protection methods used to conserve our natural resources, plus the role of government agencies in Natural Resource Management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR1591
CROP PRACTICUM II

Description: This course is the second of a three course sequence that will be required for all agronomy majors. The 3-course practicum sequence will provide another direct assessment of the agronomy program learning outcome of "applying economically sound and envi- ronmentally sustainable agriculture crop production practices." The practicum courses will also increase student utilization of the college's farm laboratory.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LLB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR1891
CROPS JUDGING I

Description: This course will cover all principles of agronomy to prepare students to compete in crops judging contests that operate under the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contest guidelines.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR1991
INDEPENDENT STUDY

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under the supervision and evaluation of a Major faculty member who is willing and available to contract with the student. (Pre req: Approval of project by Instructor, Division Chair, and Advisor)

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR2002
WILDLIFE HABITAT MGT

Description: A course that studies the most common Nebraska Wildlife species that are managed for harvest throughout the state. The habitat requirements and management techniques for each wildlife species will be covered. Current wildlife habitat support programs will be reviewed.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

AGR2091
CROP PRACTICUM III

Description: (Pre-req: AGR 1591 Crop Practicum II) This is the third of a 3-course sequence that integrates students into the crop production o NCTA's farm laboratory, Students will work as a team to develop a crop management plan for one of NCTA's irrigated crop fields. The plan will include actual production practices, budgeting and marketing of the harvested crop. Crop planting and harvest will be conducted by the students and possibly some ag chemical applications. Due to farm size limitations, the practicum courses will be limited to just Agronomy majors.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR2103
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

Description: A study of materials, techniques, and design used for farm and ranch facilities. Lab time will include the construction of Ag building, fences, and facilities on the NCTA campus.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR2153
ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTION

Description: An introduction to the history, definitions, principles, and practices of organic food production. Topics include soil husbandry, integrated pest management, farming systems including diversified vegetables, perennial fruit, agronomic field crops, meat, egg, and milk production, organic certification, and marketing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR2201
COMMERICAL AG CARRIER

Description: A course of study designed to enable students to successfully obtain their CDL with all necessary endorsements. This course of study targets agricultural employees and producers. It is not intended for those seeking fulltime employment as commercial truck drivers. (Pre req: Must be a full time NCTA student)

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

AGR2304
SOIL FERTILITY

Description: Dynamics of essential plant nutrients in the soil environment. Sustainable and profitable fertility management of agronomic and horticultural crops will be emphasized. Characteristics of the fertilizer materials, fertilizer application methods and fertilizer rate calculations will be covered.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

AGR2353
PEST MANAGEMENT

Description: Identification of plant pests, including morphology and life cycles of selected insects, weeds and diseases. Pest control methods will include chemical, physical, mechanical, cultural and biological techniques. Application of integrated pest management will be stressed.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR2383
IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT

Description: Efficient irriagation management strategies of agronomic crops. Irrigation techniques, irrigation scheduling, equipment selection, and water use regulations will be covered. Sustainable utilization of our water resources will be emphasized.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR2404
CROP MANAGEMENT

Description: A study of cultural practices for crops in the Midwest to maximize productivity and sustainability. Seed selection, production, drying and storage will also be studied

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

AGR2714
FARM BEGINNINGS

Description: The Farm Beginnings Program consists of a series of sessions offered throughout the year by Nebraska Extension with cooperation from NCTA. The sessions focus on alternative agriculture and cover a variety of topics, including building networks, goal setting, whole farm planning, building your business plan, marketing, business and farm management and financials management. In addition to learning first-hand from successful farmers, participants will develop their own business plan as they progress through the course.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

AGR2892
CROPS JUDGING II

Description: This course will cover all principles of agronomy to prepare students to compete in crops judging contests that operate under the North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contest guidelines.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

AGR2903
INTERNSHIP

Description: (Pre req: approval by Division Chair) The internship provides job experience in your field of study at an approved work location. Official agreements are entered into between the student, employer, and the college. The internship must last a minimum of 8 weeks averaging at least 40 hours per week (NOTE: students must honor length agreed upon by employer). A written journal of daily work activities plus a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation are required upon returning form internship. Students must submit a list of learning objectives prior to the internship and include discussion of these withing their presentation. The student and employer will also complete a survey at the conclusion of the internship.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR2943
FARM AND RANCH CAPSTONE

Description: (Pre req: Second year students only in their last semester before graduation.) This is a Capstone course for students intending to own and operate their own farm or ranch. A business plan will be completed including: facility design, management plan, marketing plan, and complete financial package for the proposed operation including a cash flow, net worth, and budget.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

AGR2992
INDEPENDENT STUDY

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review or extension of course work under the supervision and evaluation of a Major faculty member who is willing and available to contract with the student. The student will present his/ her independent study proposal to the Major Division Chair and faculty for their approval. (Pre req: Approval of project by Instructor, Advisor, and Division Chair)

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

HSL1053
LANDSCAPE APPRECIATION

Description: An appreciation for the landscape from large to small will be discussed. Large players in landscape percep- tions world-wide will be explored as well as the ways in which people historically have interacted with the landscape.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

HSL1073
LANDSCAPE PLANTS I

Description: Identification, characteristics and uses of woody ornamentals, including deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as ground covers and vines. Selection of plant materials for selected sites included.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

HSL1103
PLANT PROPAGATION

Description: Hands on introductory course covering the scientific principles of the various types of plant propagation. Activities involve practical application of scientific principles and all students will be required to complete projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

HSL1173
LANDSCAPE PLANTS II

Description: Identification, characteristics and cultural requirements of greenhouse foliage plants, flowering plants, annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses, and outdoor ferns. Flowerbed design principles and interior plantscaping concepts discussed and practiced.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

HSL2003
INTERNSHIP

Description: (Pre req: approval by DivisionChair) The internship provides job experience in your field of study at and approved work location. Offical agreements are enterd into between the studetn, employer, and the college. The internship must last a minimum of 8 weeks averaging at least 40 hours per week (NOTE: students must honor length agreed upon by employer). A written journal of daily work activities plus a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation are required upon returning from internship. Students must submit a list of learning objectives prior to the internship and include discussion of these within their presentation. The student and employee will also complete a survey at the conclusion of the internship.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

HSL2283
LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT

Description: A detailed discussion and practice of the maintenance tasks of trees, shrubs, ground covers, turf, roses, annual and perennial flowers as well as other seasonal management practices.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

HSL2314
NURSERY & GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION

Description: Covers principles of both greenhouse and nursery production and management as well as industry standards. Includes types of greenhouse structures, glazing materials, heating, cooling, and watering systems, cropping systems, soil media, fertilization, greenhouse environmental control systems, pest control, production schedules, crop handling, nursery stock care, garden center management, marketing, and laws. The commericial production of major bedding plant crops and nursery stock shall be promoted.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

HSL2322
ORGANIC HORTICULTURE

Description: An advanced production class focused on new and innovative ways to produce traditional horticulture crops. This course will look at existing methods of creative production and the challenges each of these may encounter. A focus wil also be made on understanding how production demand follows cultural needs. The combination of the high tunnel, traditional field production, and many case studies wil be used.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

HSL2324
FARMER'S MARKET

Description: An advanced course displaying production from farm to market. Business and entrepreneurial skills as well as production and marketing techniques will be learned. A Farmer's Market will be an active portion of this course and actual products will be sold.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

HST2353
PEST MANAGEMENT

Description: Identification of plant pests, including morphology and life cycles of selected insects, weeds, and diseases. Pest control methods include chemical, physical, mechanical, cultural, and biological techniques. Issues such as pesticide laws and regulations, record keeping, labels, storage, and safety are discussed. Application of integrated pest management will be stressed.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

  1. Students will be able to effectively communicate in oral and written form.
  2. Students will be able to gather, assimilate, and process information to reach sound logical conclusions in their chosen career pathway.
  3. Students will be able to apply economic principles of accounting, marketing and budgeting to agronomy or agricultural mechanics enterprises.
  4. Students will be able to exhibit required knowledge and skills consistent with their chosen field of study. (Technical Competence)