Horticulture (HOC) is a short-term certificate program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory. Students can earn stackable certificates and industry certifications. The program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the field of horticulture.


Short Term Certificate 

  • Landscape and Plant Management
  • Nursery Propagation and Production
  • Greenhouse and Turf Management
  • Landscape Design and Construction

Industry Certification

  • National Career Readiness Credential
  • OSHA 10-hr General Industry Safety/Health

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12/13

Required Program Courses

Course Title Cr. Hrs.
HOC111 Horticultural Business Management 3
HOC115 Soils & Fertilizers 3
HOC120 Plant Propagation 3
HOC125 Turf Management 3
HOC130 Nursery Production 3
HOC134 Introduction to Floriculture 3
HOC135 Ornamental Plant Identification 3
HOC136 Residential Landscape Design 3
HOC137 Commercial Landscape Design 3
HOC140 Pest Management 3
HOC151 Irrigation Systems 3
HOC167 Golf Course Maintenance 3
HOC175 Seminar in Horticulture 1
HOC210 Greenhouse Management 3
HOC211 Greenhouse Crop Production 3
HOC216 Landscape Maintenance 3
HOC218 Landscape Construction 3
HOC230 Vegetable and Orchard Crops 3

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.

ISTC Program Horticulture

Program Contact

Mr. Jeffrey Taylor, Instructor 
Limestone Correctional Facility

Occupational Data*

Horticulture workers perform numerous tasks related to designing landscapes, planting and harvesting crops, planning and maintaining turf including that found on golf courses and other commercial settings.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for groundskeepers and nursery workers was $35,460 in 2021. Employment in this field is projected to grow around 8 percent over the coming decade.