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Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape Practices & Sustainable Agriculture Technology

NEW Spring 2014! Start building your foundation for a career in urban agriculture and/or sustainable landscaping. The following courses can be applied to Triton's NEW Horticulture degrees and certificates in Sustainable Agriculture Technology (AAS), Sustainable Landscape Practices (AAS), Sustainable Agroecology (Certificate) and Sustainable Food Production (Certificate).

SAT 100 - PRINCIPLES OF AGROECOLOGY
Focus on scientific, social and sustainable principles of agroecology and food production with a discussion on the political, economic, social and environmental aspects of various food systems.

SAT 105 - URBAN AGRICULTURAL ISSUES
Introduction to the agricultural issues associated with urban living and ways to enhance the production and availability and deliverability of fresh foods within large cities. Also, organic food production, including hydroponics, urban farming and aquaponic gardening as alternatives to traditional rural farming and distribution.

SAT 110 - NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Contemporary practices of natural resource management, including issues in soil and water conservation, sustainable practices relevant to urban and rural areas, appropriate plant selection and environmental issues, and management practices that have an adverse effect on the environment and the solutions to such situations.

SAT 170 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY
History, methods and applications of biotechnology. An overview of the molecular and genetic principles and processes fundamental to biotechnology. Forensic, medical, agricultural and environmental applications of biotechnology.

SAT 220 - DESIGNING FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS IN URBAN LANDSCAPES
Emphasizes urban landscape design solutions to overcome barriers to providing local fresh food resources in an urban setting. Also crop and live stock selection and various community programs that address the nutritional needs in urban areas. 

The Horticulture (HRT) program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to acquire entry-level positions in all fields of Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture.  In addition, providing skills for advancement in their career field, self employment, and transfer into a university curriculum. Industry fields include landscape design, landscape and grounds maintenance, sustainable agriculture, floral design, greenhouse and garden center management, and sustainable horticulture.  

Program includes:  

  • AAS degree in Horticulture
    • AAS Degree in Sustainable Agriculture Technology 
      • Sustainable Agriculture Technology AAS is designed to provide students skills to manage a sustainable urban food production system.  Graduates are qualified for positions associated with sustainable agriculture including horticulture, nursery operations, agricultural education, and managing food production. 
    • AAS Degree in Sustainable Landscape Practices   
      • Sustainable Landscape Practices AAS provides a background in sustainable landscape features and practices, including soil and water conservation, appropriate plant selection, reduced reliance on expensive fossil fuel and pesticides inputs, and built environment enhancements such as green roofs and xeriscaping.  Students will acquire skills to implement solutions to common landscape practices. 
  • Certificate programs in Landscape Design, Floral Design, Grounds Maintenance 
    • Certificate in Sustainable Agroecology 
    • Certificate in Sustainable Food Production  
         
     
Click the links below for more information:
Horticulture Programs     Sustainable Agriculture Technology    Sustainable Landscape Practices   

Faculty

 
  Faculty
Tom Elsey
Department Coordinator, HRT
Office: R205
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3550
E-mail: telsey@triton.edu

Adjunct Faculty
Ed Del Beccaro

Office: R205
(708) 456-0300
E-mail: edelbec1@triton.edu 


Degree and Certificates

 
 
Degrees
 Horticulture Degree (Associate in Applied Science – C201A)
 Sustainable Agriculture Technology Degree (Associate in Applied Science – C201E) (NEW for Fall 2013)
 Sustainable Landscape Practices Degree (Associate in Applied Science  – C201F) (NEW for Fall 2013)
Certificates
 Horticulture/Floral Design Certificate – C401B
 Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance Certificate – C401C
 Horticulture/Landscape Design Certificate – C401A
 Horticulture/Sustainable Landscape Practices – C401D
 Sustainable Food Production Certificate - C201E (NEW for Fall 2013)
 Sustainable Agroecology Certificate - C401F (NEW for Fall 2013)
Courses
 Horticulture Courses

Accreditation

 
  ICCB


Curriculum/Plan of Study

 
  C201A
C401B
C401C
C401A
C401D  


Program Affiliations

 
  Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA)
Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA)
Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI)
Land Care Network (PLANET)
Midwest Ecological Landscape Association (MELA) 


For Students

 
  Please call (708) 456-0300, Ex. 3550 or e-mail horticulture@triton.edu for all program related questions.
Questions about the SAT (Sustainable Agriculture Technology) will be answered here also.
Questions about the Sustainable Horticulture Practices will be answered here also. 


FAQ

 
 

Please visit the Triton Botanic Garden (north side of R Building), Triton Greenhouse (north end of R Building) or Horticulture Offices (R-205) for more information.