Horticultural Science

 

Master | Horticultural Science

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Entrance Exam: GRE

The Master of Horticultural Science Distance Education is a non-thesis degree designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of horticultural science and practices. This degree encompasses a broad range of topics including fruits, vegetables, nursery and floriculture crops and cross-commodity areas such as plant breeding, weed science, urban horticulture, sustainable agriculture, postharvest physiology and landscape design.

Eligibility

To be admitted to the Master of Horticultural Science program, you must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. The GRE test is required. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements.

Cost

This master's degree requires 36 credit hours. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 36-credit program is $16,308 for North Carolina residents and $45,396 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The Master of Horticultural Science Degree requires 36 credits hours of approved courses. Please visit the department web site for current curriculum information.

Below is a partial list of applicable courses offered online. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester, and may be cancelled due to low student enrollment.

HS 523 - Viticulture

Units: 3

A presentation of the commercial importance, distribution, anatomy, physiology, and production of Genus Vitis [grapes] including cultivars, propagation, canopy management, diseases, weed control, physiology, anatomy, irrigation, wine production, climates and soils. This course will not require students to provide their own transportation. Non-scheduled class time for field trips or out-of-class activities IS required for this class

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

HS 532 - Introduction to Permaculture

Units: 3

Permaculture means "permanent culture," and ..."is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem." [Bill Mollison] This course will explore a design/thinking methodology that seeks to provide our essential physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner. The three weekend field trips are required. This course is restricted to upper level undergraduate, graduate, or matriculated continuing education students. STUDENTS MAY NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR BOTH HS 432 AND HS 532.

Offered in Fall and Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1

HS 541 - Plant Breeding Methods

Units: 3

Overview of plant breeding methods for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Covers principles and concepts of inheritance, germplasm resources, pollen control, measurement of genetic variances, and heterosis. Special topics include heritability, genotype-environment interaction, disease resistance, and polyploidy. In-depth coverage on methods for breeding cross-pollinated and self-pollinated crops. Prepares students for advanced plant breeding courses.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

HS 550 - Environmental Nursery Production

Units: 3

The course focuses on the impacts of the nursery industry on the environment and environmentally sound nursery practices. Exploration of the major challenges facing the nursery industry that drive decision making during production. Evaluation of past and current research addressing these challenges and sampling procedures and interpretation will be learned. Graduate status and an undergraduate nursery production or management course or working knowledge of nursery production required.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2019 Fall Term

HS 562 - Postharvest Physiology

Units: 3

Preharvest and postharvest factors that affect market quality of horticultural commodities with an emphasis on technologies to preserve postharvest quality and extend storage life of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

HS 583 - Advanced Floral Crop Production and Handling

Units: 3

Principles and commercial practices for producing floral potted crops and cut flowers emphasizing the physical responses of plants to their environment and post-harvest physiology. Lab will be conducted at the student's home location and students will document plant growth with photos or video. Some live plants will be mailed to the student; however, the student will be required to purchase some plants [e.g. African violet]. Course is restricted to graduates students only.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

HS 590 - Special Problems in Horticultural Science

Units: 1 - 6

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

HS 601 - Professional Presentation Skills in Horticultural Science

Units: 2

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the students with the professional presentation skills they need to be successful. These skills include speaking, writing, poster and website development, based on the student's proposed research/project and literature review.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

HS 693 - Master's Supervised Research

Units: 1 - 9

Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

HS 701 - Plant Metabolism

Units: 1

A brief introduction to various aspects of metabolism in plants including the basic biochemical processes including the syntheses, utilization and roles of amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates and secondary metabolites in plant growth, development and response to the environment. This course is taught as a 5-week mini course..

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

HS 703 - Breeding Asexually Propagated Crops

Units: 1

Principles and problems associated with breeding clonally propagated crops and techniques used in overcoming these problems. Taught third five weeks of semester. Drop date is by last day of 3rd week of minicourse.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Spring Term

HS 705 - Physiology Of Flowering

Units: 1

Examination of physiological basis of flowering in plants such as: floral initiation, transition to reproductive growth; floral development; plant response to light, temperature, nutrition, water supply; plant age; chemical growth regulation and in vitro flowering. Taught first five weeks of fall semester. Drop date is by last day of 3rd week of minicourse.

Offered in Fall Only

HS 706 - Fruit Development and Postharvest Physiology

Units: 1

Theories of plant senescence, both physiological and biochemical, and postharvest changes in all types of plant parts. Emphasis on physiological principles underlying current postharvest handling and storage techniques. A study of fruit development from fruit set to senescence. Taught third five weeks of semester. Drop date is by last day of 3rd week of minicourse.

Offered in Fall Only

HS 707 - Environmental Stress Physiology

Units: 1

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.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

HS 717 - Weed Management Systems

Units: 1

Weed management systems including integration of cultural, biological, mechanical and chemical methods for vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, turf, small grains, corn, tobacco, cotton, peanuts, aquatic and non-cropland settings. Taught second 5 weeksof semester. Drop date is by last day of 3rd week of minicourse.

Offered in Fall Only

HS 729 - Herbicide Behavior In Plants

Units: 2

Chemical, physiological and biochemical actions of herbicides in plants including uptake, translocation, metabolism and mechanism of action.

Offered in Spring Only

HS 790 - Special Problems in Horticultural Science

Units: 1 - 6

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Fall Term

 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJune 15
SpringNovember 15

Dr. Chris Gunter

Program Coordinator

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

919.513.2807
cgunter@ncsu.edu