Horticulture Course Descriptions
Principles and elements of floral art with an
emphasis on commercial design. Topics include basic design styles and
color harmonies; identification, use, and care of processing of cut
flowers and foliages; mechanical aids and containers; personal flowers;
holiday designs; and plant identification and care. History of floral
art in society. Required $100 lab fee.
An in-depth coverage of advanced floral design practices for the retail floral
industry. Topics include contemporary floral arrangement styles and
trends. Advanced study of floral design as an art form in contrast to a commercial florist operation; interpretive expression of design principles and color stressed along with international design styles. Required $100 lab fee.
A study of herbaceous plant
material. Topics include practices and procedures used in the
identification, growth, propagation, maintenance, and utilization of
herbaceous plants in the horticulture industry.
Instruction in the identification and
classification of the plants used in home and commercial interior
landscapes. Topics include design characteristics for interiorscapes
and environmental requirements of the plants.
Study of woody plant materials used
in the horticulture industry. Topics include identification,
characteristics, adaptation, cultural requirements, pest and disease
problems, and use in the landscape.
Coverage of irrigation systems including
equipment, design, performance, and maintenance. Topics include
residential and small business applications, troubleshooting, repair,
and technological advances in irrigation systems.
An organic approach to plant
production, pest management, soil fertility and plant health. Emphasis
on sustainability, xeriscaping and landscaping using native plants as
well as creating wildlife landscapes.
A study of the principles and
elements of landscape design. Topics include client interview, site
analysis, plan view, scale, plant selection, basic drawing and drafting
skills, and plan preparation.
A study of commercial and
home cultivated food crops including various vegetables, fruits, and
nuts. Topics address planting, maintenance, harvest, and storage of the
Fundamentals of greenhouse
construction and operation. Topics include architectural styles,
construction materials, environmental systems and controls, growing
media, fertilizers, post harvest handling, marketing, and business
In-depth coverage of advanced practices in
landscape planning for commercial and residential landscapes. Topics
include advanced design analysis, architectural elements, space
articulation, and land engineering concepts.
encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an
individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under
the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines
classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component.
Directly related to a technical discipline, specific learning objectives
guide the student through the paid work experience. This course may be
repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. This course serves as
the external learning experience or capstone experience.
A scientific and practical approach to plant
production and growth. Principles of propagating plants, including
vegetables, ornamentals and fruits. Methods of handling seed; starting
plants by the use of cuttings, layers, buds, grafts and bulbs; ways of
propagating specific plants; factors influencing growth of plants after
transplanting. Topics such as sites, soils, fertilizers, pruning,
nutrition, pests, and greenhouse production will be covered.
Use of computers in agricultural applications. Introduction to programming languages, word processing, electronic spreadsheets, and agricultural software.
Selection, use, and
maintenance of hand and power tools; arc and oxy-acetylene welding; and
construction materials and principles.