Students in the Applied Plant Sciences programs get many different classroom experiences. From biology and chemistry courses to English and math, students experience small classroom sizes and individual attention from instructors in many general education courses.
Some MSU courses are held in the interactive television room where the instructor can be in East Lansing, Traverse City or there in the same ITV room. Other courses are in either labs or in classrooms at LMC, and a few are online courses. Many courses have hands-on components during the lab sessions. These labs meet where needed and can be at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center on Hillandale Road in Benton Harbor, the LMC Arboretum, or any of the local farms where students might be invited to practice their new skills.
Expectations and Skills Taught
Commercial Horticulture students are expected to attend class regularly and keep up with the course work. While many courses have no specific attendance policy, missing classes means missing assignments, quizzes and important lecture discussions with information that is rarely in the textbooks but often finds its way to the exams. Expect to spend at least two hours reading and studying for every hour of classroom time, and three hours is better for many of the MSU courses.
The Classroom Environment and Technology
While the traditional lecture is still the standard format for most courses, it is often used during the assigned lecture time. Students are expected to also access the MSU ANGEL website where additional course work, website links, lectures, and assignments can be accessed. Students also have access to the MSU and LMC libraries via the Internet and will be required to use these resources in some courses. Students will be required to use Blackboard as required for any LMC courses.
Many MSU courses also have a lab component in addition to the lecture. Depending on the course, this means students could be pruning trees and shrubs in a nearby commercial nursery, working with Petri dishes in a laboratory, or installing irrigations lines as practice.
Additional Program Costs
In addition to LMC tuition, MSU tuition, fees, and books, there are other tools horticulture students may be required to purchase. Items like hand pruners, hand held magnifying lenses, insect collecting and display tools/equipment, and/or a memory stick. These costs could be approximately $250 over the two-year program.