Floriculture and Nursery Production Management Class Listings

Image of pink Zinnia flowersThis certificate requires completion of a a minimum of 12 credit hours.

The universities in the AG*IDEA Consortium, which offers the Horticulture certificate, are:

KSU - Kansas State University;
NCSU - North Carolina State University;
TTU - Texas Tech University;
UNK - University of Nebraska-Kearney; and
UNL - University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Credit Hrs.Teaching InstitutionInstructorOffered

Category #1

HORT 824 Plant Nutrition & Nutrient Mgt.

This course will focus on the macro- and micronutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants. Emphasis will be placed on the uptake and transport of mineral elements from the soil into and throughout the plant, the role of single elements, interactions/balances between elements, and nutrient deficiency/toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant. Pre-requisites include: plant physiology, soil, organic chemistry or biochemistry. Strong plant science/biology and algebra background are highly recommended.

3 UNL Dr. Ellen Paparozzi Spring - Even Years

HORT 842B Plant Physiology

Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry-matter partitioning.

3 UNK Dr. Paul Twigg Fall - Even Years

Category #2

HORT 843A: Advanced Greenhouse Crop Production

Principles and practices of commercial production of greenhouse crops involving crop scheduling, greenhouse construction, heating, cooling, growing media, pest management, nutrition, fertility, growth regulation, irrigation, post-harvest handling, and marketing of greenhouse crops.

4 TTU Dr. Cynthia McKenney Spring - Odd Years

HORT 844A: Environmental Nursery Production Practices

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 airborne materials and effluents to surrounding areas and public watersheds.

3 NCSU Dr. Helen Kraus Fall - Odd Years

Electives: Minimum of 7 hours required.  Select from the Following Courses:

HORT 843E Interior Plantscaping

Course focuses on the physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of interior plants. This course will equip students with the career tools to design, install and maintain interior plantscapes. This goal will be accomplished through the review of the pertinent literature and through class exercises designed to improve students' skills and knowledge of interior plant physiology, care and maintenance.

3 TTU Dr. Cynthia McKenney Spring - Even Years

HORT 844B Environmental Stress Physiology

Physiology of plant responses to environmental stresses, with emphasis on current research in selected physiological, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms for tolerance to environmental stresses such as temperature extremes, drought, salt, pathogens and other plants.

1 NCSU Dr. John Williamson Spring

HORT 888 Business Management of Ag. Enterprises

Students will research a specific agricultural enterprise, then develop and present a business plan using materials from the primary area of interest. Requires the completion of a shadowing assignment and the analysis of case studies. *Please note that while the course is offered by UNL in both the fall and spring semesters every year, it is available through the special AG*IDEA enrollment system only in the fall of odd-numbered years. Please register with Diane Wasser, dwasser1@unl.edu, to receive the AG*IDEA tuition rate.

3 UNL Prof. Dave Lambe Fall, Spring*

HORT 842A Plant Pathology

Survey of the principles and practices of plant pathology. The main and genetic elements involved in plant disease will be covered. Many of the major diseases, as well as their causes and effects, will be surveyed.

3 UNK Dr. Paul Twigg Spring - Even Years

HORT 880 Modified Rootzones

Modified rootzones and their applications in the turfgrass and landscape management industry. Correct applications and construction techniques

1 UNL Dr. Bill Kreuser Spring

Choose one from the following Entomology courses:

ENTO 803: Management of Horticultural Insects

This course focuses on identification, biology, ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural crops, including vegetables, deciduous fruits and nuts, trees and shrubs, greenhouse crops, turf and ornamentals. Emphasis is on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies employed to maintain pests below damaging levels while minimizing the use of traditional insecticides.

3 UNL Dr. Thomas Weissling Spring - Even Years

ENTO 812: Entomology and Pest Management

Principles embodied in the implementation of multifaceted tactics designed to successfully manage insect populations.

3 UNL Dr. Gary Brewer Summer - Odd Years

ENTO 813: Biological Control of Pests

Principles and practices of using natural enemies and antagonists to manage pests--invertebrates, pathogens and weeds--and reduce economic losses.

3 UNL Dr. Stephen Danielson Spring - Even Years

ENTO 820 Insect Toxicology

Principles of toxicology, insecticide classification, mode of action, metabolism and consequences of insecticide use.

3 UNL Dr. Blair Siegfried Fall - Even Years