Environmental Horticulture Curriculum

Certificates

The following certificates are designed as a career ladder in which most courses in the smaller unit certificates can be carried over to the requirements for the larger, more comprehensive certificates. Students can build their qualifications as they take more horticulture courses.

Environmental Horticulture: Landscape Construction and Maintenance Certificate

Environmental Horticulture: Landscape Design Certificate

Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management Certificate

 

Majors

Majors are available to students who complete additional course requirements beyond the certificates.

Environmental Horticulture: Landscape Construction and Maintenance (AS)

Environmental Horticulture: Landscape Design (AS)

Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management (AS)

 

Classes

The Environmental Horticulture program offers fourteen Environmental Horticulture courses. Questions about the Environmental Horticulture courses or when a course will be offered can be emailed to Joel Grogan, Environmental Horticulture Program Coordinator, jgrogan@santarosa.edu. To view the current class schedule, visit classes.santarosa.edu.

HORT 8 - Landscape Plants: Summer/Fall

Identification, growth habits, culture and ornamental use of landscape and indoor plants adapted to California climates. Includes an introduction to plant taxonomic system and botanical nomenclature. Emphasis on plants listed in the current California Association of Nurserymen and Garden Centers (CANGC) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Certification Tests Plant Lists. Presentation of those plants best observed and studied in the summer and fall of the year through field lectures on SRJC grounds and at other locations.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent and Course Completion of CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

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HORT 12 - Landscape Plants: Winter/Spring

Identification, growth habits, culture and ornamental use of landscape and indoor plants adapted to California climates. Includes an introduction to plant taxonomic system and botanical nomenclature. Emphasis on plants listed in the current California Association of Nurserymen and Garden Centers (CANGC) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Certification Tests Plant Lists. Presentation of those plants best observed and studied in the summer and fall of the year through field lectures on SRJC grounds and at other locations.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent and Course Completion of CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

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HORT 51 - Introduction to Horticulture

An introduction to environmental horticulture with an emphasis on nursery operations, landscaping, turf management, and floral industries. Topics include: basic botany; plant identification and classification; cultural practices; propagation; structures and layout; pest management; planting; container gardening and houseplants; landscape design; floral design; turfgrass installation and care, and survey of career opportunities in the industry.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100; AND CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 70 - Plant Propagation

Plant propagation and production practices with emphasis on nursery operations including sexual and asexual reproduction, planting, transplanting, fertilizing, plant pest and disease control; structures and site layout; preparation and use of propagating and planting mediums; use and maintenance of common tools and equipment; regulations pertaining to plant production.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates; and Eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 71 - Nursery Production

Course covers study of production techniques, growing media, watering, fertilization, marketing and sales, as well as nursery site selection and development.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates; and Eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation softwareEligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates; and Eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 72 - Greenhouse Production

Analysis, description, and operation of greenhouses and other structures and facilities as they relate to a variety of ornamental and agricultural crops. Included are: relationships of light, temperature, moisture, aeration, humidity, and fertility; identification and investigation of major greenhouse grown crops including foliage plants, flowering potted plants, bedding plants, cut flowers, color and specialty crops; creating and implementing several cropping plans for greenhouse plants and products.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates; and Eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 80 - Landscape Practices

This course prepares students to evaluate and improve the function and aesthetic value of public and private landscapes by applying appropriate sustainable industry maintenance techniques. Topics include planting, pruning, watering, soil fertility, pest management, weed control, proper use and care of hand tools, and basic landscape maintenance business practices.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and Course Completion of CS 5 ( or CIS 5 or BDP 5 or BDP 51)

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 91 - Landscape Construction/Estimation

Introduction to the field of landscape contracting, including cost estimating and bidding procedures. Course includes hands-on experience with tools, materials, and methods used in the construction of wood and simple concrete and masonry landscape features. Projects are designed to develop the skills necessary for successful performance on the C-27 landscape contractor's licensing exam and national industry certification.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates; and Eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 93 - Landscape Drafting and Design

Introduction to landscape drafting and design techniques for producing scaled plan-view and elevation drawings, construction details, and landscape plans. Includes steps and sequence in the design process; design themes, principles, and elements; general plant selection and usage; and client-designer relations. Drafting equipment required.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates; and Eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 94 - Landscape Design Applications

Application of design principles and the design process to various types and styles of residential and small commercial projects. Drafting equipment and field trip(s) required.

Recommended Preparation: None

Prerequisites: Course Completion of HORT 8 or HORT 12; AND Completion of HORT 93

Transfer Credit: CSU.

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HORT 144 - Landscape Irrigation

Prepares students to design, install, maintain, and audit a water efficient landscape irrigation system. Topics include basic water supply, basic hydraulics, component identification and terminology, system layout, pipe sizing, and types of valves, heads, and controllers, and practices related to appropriate horticulture for California. Students who complete the course with a grade of "C" or better will be recognized as having completed an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved WaterSense Training Program.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: None.

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HORT 151 - Pruning Ornamentals

A guide to pruning trees, shrubs, vines and perennials. Discussion of basic plant shapes and how plants grow as the foundation for the benefits of pruning. Basic pruning methods and procedures. Correct tool use and maintenance.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: None.

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HORT 184 - Introduction to Arboriculture

Principles of urban forestry, arboriculture careers, and tree care; including tree biology, tree identification, plant health care, soils, nutrition, planting, worker safety, climbing, pruning, tree risk assessment, tree care tools and equipment. This course provides the knowledge necessary to be successful in the tree care profession. This course also prepares students for the International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) Arborist Certification examination. Field lectures on the SRJC campus and other locations may be required.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates; and Eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software; AND Course Completion of HORT 51

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: None.

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HORT 195 - CAD: Landscape Site Plans

Introduction to computer assisted landscape drafting utilizing CAD (computer-aided drafting) software to produce professional quality landscape site plans for residential and small commercial sites. Particular attention given to drafting base plans, building footprints, and other simple hardscape features, planting bed lines, plant symbolization and irrigation plan layout.

Recommended Preparation: Course Completion of APTECH 46 and eligibility for CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Prerequisites: None

Transfer Credit: None.

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