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Plant Science - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

An Arts and Sciences Area of Concentration

Application Code 321

For curriculum information, contact the Science, Engineering, and Technology Division—Room SET-430—443-518-1600.

Plants play a vital role in human society and ecosystems. Knowledge of plants is therefore essential as we strive to achieve a more sustainable future that balances environmental stewardship with the needs of a growing population. This is a diverse program that covers a range of topics, including the basic biology of plants, the importance of plants to people, plant classification, ecology and evolution, insects and disease, horticulture, crop protection, soils, and landscape design. A degree in plant science helps prepare students for a range of careers in industry, education, government, non-profits, and scientific research. The associate degree at HCC is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program after graduation. Students are advised to check the requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 121College Composition

3

BIOL 101General Biology I

4

MATH 181Calculus I

4

or higher core course

Gen Ed Core Arts & Humanities Core Group A

3

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 102General Biology II

4

BIOL 211General Botany

4

CHEM 101General Inorganic Chemistry I

4

Gen Ed Core Arts & Humanities Core Group B

3

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
HORT 100Introduction to Horticulture

4

PHYS 103Fundamentals of Physics I

4

Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group A

3

Elective Elective*

4

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENST 200Fundamentals of Soil Science

4

HORT 210Woody Plants

3

Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group B

3

Elective Electives*

6

*Electives - Select from the following:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACCT 111Principles of Accounting I

3

BIOL 201Genetics

3

BIOL 202Genetics Laboratory

1

BIOL 208Biodiversity

4

CHEM 104Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry

4

OR

CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II

4

ENST 105Environmental Science

3

ENST 115Environmental Science Laboratory

1

HORT 220Landscape Design and Contracting

3

HORT 230Pest and Disease Control

3

HORT 240Turf Grass Management

3

MATH 138Statistics

4

Total Credit Hours: 60

A graduate should be able to

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of plant structure, classification, ecology, growth, development, and protection.
  2. Describe techniques required for proper residential and commercial landscape design and contracting.
  3. Identify, understand, evaluate, and apply ethical reasoning to problems, dilemmas, and issues.