Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2019-2020

Parks and Natural Resources

Ag Sciences

Horticulture

319-398-5441

www.kirkwood.edu/agrisciences

Entry time
Fall, Spring, Summer

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms)
Diploma
3 terms

If you enjoy the outdoors and have a deep concern for preserving and managing our natural resources, take a look at our Parks and Natural Resources program. As a student in this program, you’ll learn to maintain and build campgrounds and lake areas; identify and manage fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and nesting and game birds; operate and maintain equipment; manage plant material and land; and maintain park facilities.

Career opportunities: Graduates work in beautiful outdoor surroundings. Most jobs are in government parks and entail park maintenance, security, public relations and management. You may need to relocate to work year-round. Job opportunities include working in a city, county or state park as an attendant or naturalist; working in conservation, lake, trail or prairie management; environmental education, or making land improvements in a soil conservation district. A bachelor's degree will help in getting desired jobs in county, state and national parks and wildlife areas.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term I

AGH-220

Plant Identification I

3

AGH-110

Success in Horticulture

1

AGH-283

Pesticide Application Certification

2

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

AGN-105

Applications of Natural Resources

3

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Technical Elective

3

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Humanities Course

3

 

 

18

Term 2

COM-723

Workplace Communication OR

3

ENG-105

Composition I

 

AGC-313

Leadership in Agriculture

1

AGH-157

Equipment Operations

2

AGH-150

Equipment Operations Lab

1

AGH-102

Horticulture Math

3

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Technical Elective

6

 

 

16

Term 3-Summer

AGC-932

Internship

3

 

 

3

Term 4

AGN-248

Natural Resources Appreciation

3

AGN-244

Wildlife Management

3

AGN-140

Native Plants

3

AGN-220

Avian Wildlife

3

AGN-223

Aquatic Wildlife

3

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Technical Elective

3

 

 

18

Term 5

AGN-226

Mammalian Wildlife

3

AGN-235

Park and Recreation Administration

3

AGN-240

Natural Resources Interpretation

3

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Social Science Course*

3

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Technical Elective

3

 

 

15

Total program credit hours

70

Technical Electives

AGN-250

Park Maintenance Programs

3

ENV-115

Environmental Science

3

AGH-236

Plant Material Maintenance

3

AGN-270

Watershed Assessment and Management

3

AGN-260

Wildland Firefighter Training

3

AGN-300

Rain Gardens and Bioretention Cells

3

AGH-144

Landscape Construction

3

AGH-238

Soil and Water Conservation

3

AGN-280

Introduction to Forestry

3

AGH-264

Hydroponic Production

3

Diploma Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

AGH-220

Plant Identification I

3

CRJ-100

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

COM-723

Workplace Communications

3

AGH-102

Horticulture Math

3

 

 

12

Term 2

AGN-250

Park Maintenance Programs

3

AGH-157

Equipment Operations

2

AGH-150

Equipment Operations Lab

1

AGH-162

Landscape Construction Lecture

2

AGH-164

Landscape Construction Lab

1

AGH-238

Soil and Water Conservation

3

 

 

12

Term 3

AGN-248

Natural Resources Appreciation

3

AGN-223

Aquatic Wildlife

3

AGN-220

Avian Wildlife

3

AGN-226

Mammalian Wildlife

3

AGN-140

Native Plants

3

 

 

15

Total program credit hours

39

*CRJ-100 Intro to Criminal Justice is the recommended course. PSY-111, SOC-110 and other gen ed social science courses also fulfill this requirement.

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