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Sustainable Horticulture (Certificate)


Department Chair/Program Coordinator Contact Information: 

Department Chair: Steve Keith, skeith@nctc.edu, (940) 668-4217

Program Advisor: Ashley Hartman, ahartman@nctc.edu, (940) 668-7731 x4488

 

 The Horticulture program at North Central Texas College is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills directly applicable to a career in horticulture. The program is designed to provide quality workforce education for those seeking to enter the field of horticulture.  Classes focus on the specific needs of the student, whether that is to work for a large corporation or to manage a horticulture business as a sole proprietor.

The Sustainable Horticulture Certificate is a 16 credit hour program focusing on creating productive gardens by encouraging biological diversity.  Students will explore procedures of sustainable agriculture systems, plant production in a greenhouse setting, landscaping techniques that encourage biodiversity, organic gardening, food production, and biodynamic farming.

Upon completion of the certificate:

1)       Graduates will be able to discuss the sustainable management practices used on a small farm and the reasoning behind these practices.

2)       Graduates will be able to develop biodiversity in a landscape

3)       Graduates will be able to produce crops in a small farm setting as well as in a greenhouse environment.

4)       Graduates will be able to create and manage sustainable horticultural soils

In-District students pursing this certificate typically incur tuition and fee costs of approximately $1,050.  Additionally, books and supplies constitute approximately $300.  Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans, and institutional financing plans. 

The program is designed to take 1 year to complete.  The following curriculum must be completed for certification:

Certificate Requirements

Gainesville Campus

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 15 semester hours is required for graduation earning the Sustainable Horticulture Certificate.

Second Semester

HALT 2308GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT

3 credit hours

HALT 2321SMALL FARMING

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:6

First Semester

AGCR 1371SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

3 credit hours

HALT 2308GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT

3 credit hours

HALT 1372NATURALISTIC HORTICULTURE

3 credit hours

HALT 2307FOOD CROPS

3 credit hours

HALT 2321SMALL FARMING

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:15
A comprehensive program exam will constitute the capstone experience for this program. Students must pass the exam with a score of 70 or higher.

Total Credit Hours: 21