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Course Descriptions

HORT 105
Pest Control Licensing or Certification
2 Units
Prerequisite: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: HORT 303 or PLTS 332
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This course covers the laws, regulations, and safety requirements for individuals preparing to obtain a Qualified Applicator's Certificate (QAC) in California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) category Q or a Qualified Applicator's License (QAL) in CDPR category B. This course will also cover the requirements and process of obtaining a Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business License. Topics include pesticide safety and application, pesticide modes of action, pesticide regulation, applicator licensing and certification, accepted standards for integrated pest management, and the methods and practices of preventing and controlling common landscape weeds, invertebrate and vertebrate pests, nematodes, and infectious and noninfectious plant diseases. Environmental concerns regarding pesticide resistance, surface and groundwater contamination, and other exposures will be covered. Field trips may be required.
HORT 299
Experimental Offering in Horticulture
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
HORT 300
Introduction to Horticulture
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Introduction to Horticulture is a general, entry level course into environmental horticulture with an emphasis on basic plant science, plant use and care, and the landscape and nursery industries. Topics include basic botany, cultural practices, propagation, structures and layout, pest management, planting, container gardening, plant identification, turfgrass installation and care, and a survey of career opportunities.
HORT 302
Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition
3 Units
Same As: PLTS 310
Prerequisite: HORT 300 or PLTS 300 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides a basic knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. The course includes factors of: fundamental soil properties, soil and plant relationships, principles of soil formation, fertilizers and soil management, salinity, pH, erosion management, and non-agricultural uses. Field trips may be required. This course is the same as PLTS 310, and only one may be taken for credit. (C-ID AG - PS 128L)
HORT 303
Integrated Pest Management
3 Units
Same As: PLTS 332
Prerequisite: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a study of local plant pests including weeds, diseases,invertebrates, and vertebrates. It includes recognition of symptoms and causes, life cycle of the pests, host and habitat relationships, and the integrated pest management strategies and best management practices to achieve control. Field trips may be required. This course is the same as PLTS 332, and only one may be taken for credit.
HORT 305
Plant Identification-Fall Selections
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is the identification and study of the growth habits, cultural practices, and ornamental uses of landscape and indoor plants adapted to climates of California. Plants emphasized will come from the current California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) certification exams plant lists. The focus will be on those plants best observed and studied during California's fall and/or winter seasons. (C-ID AG - EH 112L)
HORT 306
Plant Identification-Spring Selections
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is the identification and study of the growth habits, cultural practices, and ornamental uses of landscape and indoor plants adapted to climates of California. Plants emphasized will come from the current California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) certification exams plant lists. The focus will be on those plants best observed and studied during California's spring and/or summer seasons. (C-ID AG - EH 108L)
HORT 307
Plant Identification - Sustainable and CA Native Selections
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is the identification and study of the growth habits, cultural practices, and ornamental uses of California native plants, as well as plant material appropriate for sustainable landscaping. Plants emphasized will come from the current California Native Plant Society (CNPS), California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC), and California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) plant lists.
HORT 310
Nursery Practices
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
Horticulture 310 is a study and application of the principles, practices, and management of both wholesale and retail nurseries including marketing, propagation and cultural practices of herbaceous and woody plants, and business management practices required in establishing and operating a nursery.
HORT 312
Plant Propagation
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
Plant Propagation is a study and practice of the sexual and asexual reproduction of landscape plant species. The emphasis of Horticulture 312 will be on the preparation and use of propagating and planting mediums, planting, transplanting, fertilizing, propagation facility pest and disease control, propagation structure utilization and site layout. Additional topics include the maintenance of common tools and equipment, and the laws and regulations pertaining to plant propagation and nursery production. (C-ID AG - EH 116L)
HORT 313
Sustainable Agriculture
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides a comprehensive study of sustainable agriculture that addresses many environmental and social concerns while providing innovative and economically viable techniques for growers. It integrates the theoretical aspects of sustainable agriculture, principles and practices with field-based laboratory and participatory learning of sustainable agriculture practices. This course may include field trips.
HORT 314
Greenhouse Operations
3 Units
Prerequisite: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: HORT 302, 303, 310, and 312
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is the study of the problems and practices of commercial greenhouse operations and management including the design, construction, and use of enclosed structures to manipulate controlled environments, greenhouse crop production, integrated pest management in greenhouses, and the production and marketing of greenhouse crops. Emphasis will be placed on greenhouse structures utilized for commercial nursery crop production and retail nursery greenhouse marketing facilities. Field trips may be required.
HORT 315
Nursery Crop Production and Management
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300, 302, 303, 310, and 312
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course covers the principles and practices of producing, growing, and managing container plant crops for sale in wholesale and retail nurseries and garden centers. Topics include advanced propagation methods, best practices for container stock production, common problems encountered when growing in containers, container production systems, growing media and media blends, container plant nutrition and fertilizer management, the nursery crop production environment, nursery irrigation and water management, integrated pest management in nursery crop production, and marketing nursery crops. Field trips may be required.
HORT 320
Sustainable Landscape Construction
3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: HORT 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course covers the fundamentals of landscape construction, including soil preparation, paving and construction materials, hand and power tool use, turf and plant installation, plan reading, estimating, and bid preparation. It will emphasize approved traditional industry construction methods, as well as sustainable alternative and techniques. Local codes and state requirements will also be covered. This course is an initial step in preparation for the California State C-27 Landscape Contractor License exam.
HORT 324
Sustainable Landscape Maintenance
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a study of sustainable landscape maintenance and management of exterior and interior residential and commercial landscapes, parks, highways, and public buildings. Topics include planting and transplanting, pruning, water conservation and use, sustainable plant nutrition and soils management, integrated pest management, and the safe operation and maintenance of power equipment for the trade. Field trips may be required.
HORT 340
Landscape and Irrigation Graphics and Design
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: HORT 300, 305, 306, or 307
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Landscape graphics is the study of technical drafting skills and freehand graphics including line quality, lettering and organization as it relates to landscape design. The use of a variety of graphic skills and media will be developed along with an introduction to basic landscape design theory and practice. Field trips may be required.
HORT 341
Landscape Design
3 Units
Prerequisite: HORT 300 and 340 with grades of "C" or better
Advisory: HORT 320 and 324; HORT 305 and/or 306 and/or 307
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course covers the principles and elements of residential landscape design including the problem solving process, design theory and composition, functional and design uses of landscape materials, client needs and desires, and maintenance criteria. Field trips may be required.
HORT 344
Sustainable Landscape Design
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC
This course is designed to provide the student with increased knowledge and understanding in the area of Sustainable Landscape Design. This course will examine the fundamental principles of sustainability, and how the principles can be utilized to guide the designer in the development of ornamental landscapes. An emphasis will be placed on the relationships between environmental conditions, soils, water, plant materials, and construction materials and how these relationships guide the landscape development process. Additional topics will include construction material selection, plant material selection, soil preparation, sustainable landscape maintenance, and pest management for sustainable landscapes.
HORT 345
Landscape CAD Design
3 Units
Prerequisite: HORT 341 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to computer assisted landscape design and drafting utilizing Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) software to produce professional quality landscape designs for residential and commercial sites. Design emphasis includes site plan development, landscape planting, and landscape irrigation plans, with the generation of materials lists based on the design created for the site.
HORT 350
Landscape Irrigation
3 Units
Prerequisite: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: HORT 340
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course prepares students to design, install and maintain a water efficient landscape irrigation system. Topics include water supply, basic hydraulics, component identification and terminology, system layout, pipe sizing, water application head types, valves, and controllers. Field trips may be required.
HORT 351
Drip and Subsurface Irrigation
2 Units
Prerequisite: HORT 350 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: HORT 340
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course prepares students to design, install and maintain surface and subsurface drip irrigation systems. Topics include component identification and terminology, system layout, pipe sizing, water application equipment. Field trips may be required.
HORT 353
Sustainable Water Management
3 Units
Prerequisite: HORT 350 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: HORT 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course prepares students to maintain and manage water efficient landscape irrigation systems utilizing the latest irrigation technology including water efficient application equipment, traditional and smart controllers, and environmental sensors. Topics include the review of the current California State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, inspection and performance assessment of irrigation systems, determining sprinkler precipitation and consumption rates, calculating water budgets, assessing soil/water relationships of the landscape, installing smart controllers and environmental sensors, controller programming, developing water schedules, and irrigation system management for efficient water use. Field trips may be required.
HORT 495
Independent Studies in Horticulture
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
HORT 498
Work Experience in Horticulture
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Horticulture.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
HORT 499
Experimental Offering in Horticulture
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB