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Effective: Summer 2017

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in HORT 50A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities in the green industry through written examinations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the environmental horticulture sciences, including plant terminology, on written examinations.
Description -
Survey of the many facets and component sciences of environmental horticulture. Exploration of the multitude of career options available in the green industry. An introduction to the vocabulary of the environmental sciences including the terminology used in the identification of plants. Foundations of plant science such as plant structure, plant growth, and the environmental needs of plants.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities in the green industry through written examinations.
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the environmental horticulture sciences, including plant terminology, on written examinations and on a term project.
  3. demonstrate manipulative skills on practical examinations of the safe and proper handling of plants, tools, and structures used in the production of horticultural crops.
  4. exhibit an understanding of the significance of environmental horticulture for different cultures from around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, plant collecting and specimen mounting supplies.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to the field of environmental horticulture
    1. Variety of sciences which comprise or impact environmental horticulture
    2. Cultural applications of horticultural science
    3. Workplace diversity in the green industry
  2. Employment opportunities in the green industry
    1. Environmental horticulture (interiorscaping, arboriculture, etc.)
    2. Nursery industry (retail and wholesale)
    3. Landscape design and landscape construction
    4. Parks, recreation, and golf course management
    5. Sales and business management
    6. Scientific research and teaching
  3. Plants: structure, classification, growth, reproduction, and utilization
    1. Role of higher plants in the living world
    2. Structure of higher plants
    3. Nomenclature, classification and terminology used in plant identification
    4. Origin, domestication and improvement of cultivated plants
    5. Plant propagation
    6. Photosynthesis, respiration and translocation
    7. Soil and water
    8. Climate and plant growth
    9. Biological competitors
    10. Flowering and fruiting
    11. Ornamental plants
    12. Landscaping for home and community
    13. Urban horticulture
    14. Horticultural tools and equipment
  4. Representative guest speakers and field trips
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participation through attendance
  2. Mid-term & final examinations
  3. Plant collection and/or research projects
  4. Term project
Representative Text(s) -
Sunset. Western Garden Book. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Company, 2012.
Capon, Brian. Botany for Gardeners - an Introduction and Guide. 3rd ed. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2010. (Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study).

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Field Trips, Speakers.
Lab Content -
  1. Leaf classification lab
  2. Plant cell lab
  3. Plant tissue lab
  4. Soil & fertility lab
  5. Plant inheritance lab
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments (approx. 7 hours):
    1. One chapter per week (approximately 25 pages) in the assigned text.
    2. Approximately 10 pages per week in a required course reader & use of supplemental texts in identifying plants and as references for projects.
  2. Writing assignments:
    1. Topical papers on careers in the green industry.
    2. Preparation of a "Plant Parts Project" involving plant terminology.
  3. Other:
    1. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
    2. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.