Information provided includes course descriptions by subject only.
For complete 2017-2018 programs/academic plans, please refer to Academic Programs.
001-302 Landscape Design I
Students develop basic landscape plans, with emphasis on function, design principals, composition and environmental impact.
001-303 Horticultural Pest Management
The study of various types of pest management, methods of control, and safety precautions in their use. Learners may take the Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator exam for Turf & Landscape (& Interiorscape), Commercial Category 3.0, at the completion of the course. Learners will be able to recognize economic and environmental factors involved in making pest management decisions.
001-304 Landscape Tools and Equipment
This class provides the learner with the basic skills and knowledge to perform standard maintenance procedures on outdoor power equipment, operate the equipment safely, and make informed buying decisions.
001-305 Soils and Fertilizers
This class emphasizes soil identification, evaluation, and factors affecting plant growth. Learners calculate fertilizer rates and employ proper application methods. Students also explore composts and other amendments as they relate to soil preparation.
001-306 Arboriculture and Turf Management
Arboriculture is the care of woody plants. Sessions cover the anatomy and functions of trees and shrubs and correct management practices. Problems common to trees and shrubs are presented along with sessions related to property/grounds management career functions. Practice pruning deciduous and evergreen shrubs in the field is offered. Turf management focuses on residential and light commercial lawn care. Species identification, establishment, and care of lawns along with turf problem resolution are covered.
001-307 Landscape Construction
Students establish slope, turf, landscape beds and plantings, and construct various hardscapes such as walkways, patios and retaining walls, following design plans. Worksite safety will be emphasized in this hands-on course.
001-309 Landscape Design II
Students continue studying design theory and practice begun in Landscape Design I. Principles of composition and design such as sections, elevations, simple perspectives, and color rendering are studied.
001-310 Service Business Fundamentals
Provide an introduction to business fundamentals in a service industry. The class explores the importance of customer service, outlines the steps in business planning, and evaluates ability to become an entrepreneur.
001-313 Golf and Sports Turf Management
This course deals with high use turf (real and synthetic) and its specialized problems. Advanced turf management techniques and agronomic practices are presented for large areas such as school athletic fields, park and recreation, golf courses, and estates. Visits to sports fields and golf courses, reel mower sharpening, and large area maintenance equipment are included. Irrigation system basics are also presented along with specialties such as sand traps, pitcher’s mounds, infields, line and logo painting, and water feature considerations.
001-317 Herbaceous Plants
Identification of various annuals and perennials and their appropriate uses for Wisconsin landscapes is covered in this class. Cultural practices necessary to maximize their value to the landscape are studied.
001-322 Landscape & Environment
This course will examine current issues in the green industry with an emphasis on environmentally sound and safe methods, and also review alternatives to traditional landscaping options.
001-324 Plant Propagation
Starting and growing plants from seeds, cuttings, divisions, layering and grafting are covered in this course. Information on growing structures, environmental controls, and cultural practices are explored along with marketing and merchandising.
001-330 Weeds and Invasive Species
Students create a weed reference book for various landscape settings while learning plant identification techniques and examining live and preserved samples. The course is very useful for those considering enrolling in Horticultural Pest Management and for those interested in any career related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) concepts.
001-331 Plant Health Management
The course covers diseases and insects common to herbaceous and woody plants found in lawns, flower and vegetable gardens, landscapes, nurseries, and unmanaged native areas. Field trips and reports aid in identification and diagnosis of plant health care issues. Very useful for those considering enrolling in Horticultural Pest Management and for those interested in any career involving plant health.
001-332 Woody Ornamentals - Trees
Students learn about commonly used landscape trees, with an emphasis on newer and better varieties. Students learn to identify 20-30 trees from twig and leaf samples in a weekly plant lab. Students take short field trips to look at trees in landscape environments and examine their cultural needs and possible disease and insect problems with an eye to choosing the "right plant for the right place.
001-333 Woody Ornamentals -Shrubs
We will be learning about some of the commonly used landscape shrubs, with an emphasis on newer and better varieties. There is a weekly plant lab where we learn to identify 20-30 shrubs from twig and leaf samples. We will take short field trips to look at shrubs in landscape environments. We will also examine these plants' cultural needs, possible disease, and insect problems, with an eye to choosing the "right plant for the right place.
In this 2 credit internship students obtain hands-on experience through on-the-job training in the horticultural/green industry fields. Students must have successfully completed 8 credits of program courses before taking the internship. Internship placements are not allowed in the instructors’ or other students’ businesses. If the student has an existing business qualified clients can sometimes be used.