Graduate Certificate - Advanced Horticulture

Core Courses

Environmental Nursery Production

Cultural nursery crop production practices will be presented with consideration of current recommended Best Management Practices, conservation of resources, scientific research based investigations related to nursery cultural practices, potential risks to nursery personnel and off-site movement of air borne materials and effluents to surrounding areas and public watersheds. This course requires previous coursework or work experience in nursery production/management.

Advanced Greenhouse Crop Production

Concepts of greenhouse construction, operation and management for a variety of horticultural crops, but with an emphasis on ornamental crops will be covered. Course content includes Greenhouse construction, heating, cooling, growing media, pest management, nutrition, fertility, growth regulation, irrigation, postharvest handling, and marketing of greenhouse crops. 4 credits.


Physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs, and ground covers will be explored. Students will develop the career tools to install and maintain woody plants. This goal will be accomplished through the review of the pertinent literature and through class exercises designed to improve the students’ skills and knowledge of woody plant physiology, care and maintenance. This course is designed for students without previous experience in arboriculture.

Business Management of Horticulture Enterprises

TTU - Principles of management, marketing, structures, and distribution for retail nursery establishments will be learned. Students will complete a nursery startup proposal. UNL- Entrepreneurial process will be leaned and used to prepare a written business plan for a horticulture-related enterprise and presented in a PowerPoint format with voice-over narration. Basic accounting principles needed to manage a horticulture firm will be gained and used to prepare a marketing plan.

Plant Nutrition

NCSU - An understanding of the basic mineral nutrition requirements, nutritional monitoring procedures, and fertilizer application methods in horticultural production systems including those for fruits, field vegetables, fruits and vegetables under plasticulture, nursery crops, landscapes, greenhouse flowers and vegetables, interior plantscapes, hydroponics, and organic farming will be gained. TTU - Evaluation and application of theory to plant nutrient management will be used to study plant nutrient needs and nutrient reactions in soil and predicting nutrient need and response. Not open to students having had PSS 4335. UNL - Macro- and micronutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants will be the focus. Emphasis is placed on the uptake and transport of mineral elements, the role of single elements, interactions/balances between elements, and nutrient deficiency/toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant.

Plant Physiology

TTU - Fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry matter partitioning will be examined. UNL - Fundamental plant tissues and functions, energetics of a plant cell and enzyme mechanisms, components of water potential, factors affecting water potential, and their interactions within plant tissues in different situations will be explored. Additionally solute transport mechanisms; photosynthesis; respiration; lipid metabolism; N, S, P, and cation assimilation; plant secondary metabolites; phytochrome; hormones; circadian rhythms; photoperiodism; vernalization; and plant stressors and their importance in plant structure, physiology, and defense will be evaluated.

Plant Water Relations

Role and function of water in plant growth and development and a comprehensive understanding in relation to achieving genetic yield potential will be gained. Soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and it affects on water supply and demand will also be examined with an understanding of the relative sensitivities of developmental and physiological systems to water stress sought.

Water Issues in Lawn and Landscape

Critical water issues related to irrigation in urbanizing watersheds, with an emphasis on water quality and quantity will be examined. Factors impacting water scarcity and quality will be discussed. Understanding the interrelatedness of correct irrigation practices and water quality/quantity, and will equip students to protect water resources.

Elective Courses

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