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Horticulture Science and Services

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety and environmental issues.

Students completing the Horticulture Science and Services program are able to complete the Certified Horticulture Professional industry certification examination, which is sanctioned by the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association.The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) program is the industry's only standard for measuring horticulture knowledge on everything from plant and pest identification to landscape management. FCHP promotes professionalism among horticulture professionals, including nursery, greenhouse, landscape and retail garden center employees. The FCHP certification exam emphasizes general plant/soil sciences, pest/plant identification techniques, and plant usage/management in the landscape. For more information, visit http://www.fngla.org.

Middle-school students completing the middle-school program of study below are able to complete the AGSPACE Certification for GIS Beginners digital tool certification examination, which is sanctioned by DigitalQuest, Inc. The AGSPACE Certification for GIS Beginners is a CAPE approved geospatial certification that meets the needs of Middle Schools wanting to offer the Florida CAPE Digital Tool Certificate. A certification designed for Florida's Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Students at the middle school level that gives students basic knowledge in geospatial skills in the context and application of agriculture. Through geospatial technology certification students are measured against multidisciplinary skills that utilize digital mapping and visual presentation skills, word processing, database/spreadsheets and database queries. Further, content specific questions measure and quantify a student's ability to use these technologies in agricultural and environmental settings. For more information, visit http://www.digitalquest.com.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of two occupational completion points. Planned and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) must be provided through one or more of the following: (1) directed laboratory experience, (2) student project, (3) placement for experience, or (4) cooperative education.

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of a core and two completion points.

The following table illustrates the secondary program structure:

OCP Course Number Course Title Length SOC Code Level Graduation Requirement
A 8106810 Agriscience Foundations 1 1 credit 37-1012 3 EQ
8121510 Introductory Horticulture 2 1 credit 3 PA
8121520 Horticulture Science 3 1 credit 3 PA
B 8121610 Horticulture Science and Services 4 1 credit 19-1013 2 VO
8121620 Horticulture Science and Services 5 1 credit 2 VO
8121630 Horticulture Science and Services 6 1 credit 2 VO

(Graduation Requirement Abbreviations- EQ= Equally Rigorous Science, PA= Practical Arts, EC= Economics, VO= Career and Technical Education)

Common Career Technical Core - Career Ready Practices

Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students. These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education. Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study.

1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.

3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.

4. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.

5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.

6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.

8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.

11. Use technology to enhance productivity.

12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.

Program of Study (High School)

Course Title: Agriscience Foundations 1
Course Number: 8106810
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agricultural history and the global impact of agriculture; career opportunities; scientific and research concepts; biological and physical science principles; environmental principles; agriscience safety; principles of leadership; and agribusiness, employability, and human relations skills in agriscience. Laboratory-based activities are an integral part of this course. These include the safe use and application of appropriate technology, scientific testing and observation equipment.

Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental quality, and safety procedures will be an integral part of this course. Students will interact with materials and primary sources of data or with secondary sources of data to observe and understand the natural world. Students will develop an understanding of measurement error, and develop the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the data and resulting conclusions. Equipment and supplies will be provided to enhance these hands-on experiences for students. A minimum of 20% of classroom time will be dedicated to laboratory experiences.


Course Title: Introductory Horticulture 2
Course Number: 8121510
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of career opportunities; global importance of agriculture; plant classification; propagation; growing media; nutritional needs; fertilization; irrigation; pest identification; pest control, pruning; plant installation; transplanting; safe hand-tool use; and employability skills.


Course Title: Horticulture Science 3
Course Number: 8121520
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of industry regulations; plant classification; plant transportation; soil sampling and analysis; fertilizer calculations; recording keeping; irrigation components, water quality; drainage; integrated pest management; pesticide safety and regulations; equipment calibration; chemical growth regulators; xeriscaping; integrated landscape management; safe use of power equipment; record keeping; and employability skills.


Course Title: Horticulture Science and Services 4
Course Number: 8121610
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course is designed to further develop competencies in the areas of plant identification and classification; growing media; irrigation system set up; and maintaining and analyzing records including production costs.


Course Title: Horticulture Science and Services 5
Course Number: 8121620
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course is designed to further develop competencies in the areas of identifying and evaluating IPM practices; maintaining and repairing irrigation systems; analyzing and evaluating fertilizer usage.


Course Title: Horticulture Science and Services 6
Course Number: 8121630
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course is designed to further develop competencies in the areas of irrigation; growing media; planting beds and sites; propagation; marketing; repair and maintenance of nursery equipment and facilities.


Program of Study (Middle School)

Course Title: Introduction to Agriscience
Course Number: 8100120
Course Length: Semester

Course Description:

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agricultural literacy, importance of agriculture, the role of science, math, reading, writing, geography, history, and technology in agriculture, plants and animals, and sources of consumer goods from agriculture.


Course Title: Orientation to Agriscience
Course Number: 8100310
Course Length: Semester

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the agricultural food system, environmental resources, and strategies used to produce and market agricultural products, and an exploration of research through the use of the scientific method.


Course Title: Fundamentals of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Services
Course Number: 8021400
Course Length: 1 Year

Course Description:

This course is designed to develop competencies in the area of agriculture services. This includes: the global impact of agribusiness, communications, landscaping, food science, floral design, companion animal care, as well leadership skills. Laboratory-based activities are an integral part of this course. These include safe use and application of appropriate technology, scientific testing and observation equipment.