Catalog 2019-20

Horticulture

Associate Degrees

A.S. in General Agriculture

Agriculture is a vital component of our local, state, and national economies and offers many exciting employment opportunities. In addition to the production of a wide range of valuable agricultural commodities, the Sacramento region is home to numerous multi-national agricultural corporations and statewide governmental agencies. It is also a center for international agricultural trade and commerce. This program is designed to prepare students to transfer to UC or CSU majoring in Agriculture while also allowing the student to select courses that fit his/her individual needs and desires.

As a General Agriculture major, you will:

  • Study a general agriculture curriculum representing all of the departments of the Cosumnes River College agriculture program including: agriculture business, horticulture, welding, veterinary technology and plant science.
  • Develop your leadership and communication skills.
  • Identify the agricultural career you are most interested in and build a course of study to better qualify you for a profession.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • As the only community college agriculture program in the Sacramento region, the CRC General Agriculture program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals who wish to pursue a career in agriculture, receive a General Agriculture Associate of Science degree, or transfer to CSU or UC.
  • The faculty in this program works closely with the five California agricultural degree offering universities to provide a quality transfer program for students interested in agriculture business, management and economics.
  • The Sacramento region is fortunate to have some of the best high school agriculture programs in California. The faculty in the CRC Ag program works closely with these feeder schools to articulate coursework and facilitate the successful transition of agriculture students from high school to the university.
  • Internships in agriculture are available for students interested in work experience opportunities.

NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AGB 310 Agriculture Computer Applications 31
AGB 320 Agriculture Accounting 3
AGB 321 Agriculture Economics 3
AMT 306 Small Engine Repair 3
HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture 3
PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3) 3
  or HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3)
ANSC 300 Introduction to Animal Science 3
PLTS 300 Introduction to Plant Science 3
WELD 100 Introduction to Welding 3
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) 1 -42
Subtotal Units: 28 - 31
Agriculture Business
AGB 300 Introduction to Agriculture Business 3
AGB 330 Agriculture Sales and Communication 3
AGB 331 Agriculture Marketing 3
Agriculture Business Units: 9
Total Units: 37 - 40
Horticulture
HORT 305 Plant Identification-Fall Selections 3
HORT 312 Plant Propagation 3
Horticulture Units: 6
Total Units: 34 - 37
Landscape
HORT 320 Sustainable Landscape Construction 3
HORT 324 Sustainable Landscape Maintenance 3
Landscape Units: 6
Total Units: 34 - 37
Welding
WELD 110 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
Welding Units: 4
Total Units: 32 - 35

1This major requires that you complete all courses in the required program plus one area of concentration.

2A minimum of two units required.

Career Information

Management; Supervision; Finance; Insurance; Government; Marketing; Distribution; International Trade; Sales and Service Nursery Management and Operations; Park Maintenance; Landscape Design, Teaching, Communication; Contracting & Maintenance; Fertilizer & Insecticide Application; Research; Retail/Wholesale; Estimator; Consultant; Government Agency employee; Welding Technician; Inspection; Welding Engineering; Sculpting; Home/Handicraft & Hobby; Construction; Trucking & Automotive

Some positions, however, require a four-year degree for which CRC’s program is a good base for transfer.

A.S. in Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape

A variety of professional career opportunities are available to those who wish to provide professional landscape installation and/or support services. Landscapers design, install, and maintain private and public outdoor spaces in which people live, work, and play. The Sustainable Landscape A.S. Degree concentrates on those courses that develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to creating, constructing, and maintaining functional and sustainable landscapes, green spaces, and irrigation systems, as well as for careers in arboriculture, and landscape material, supply, and specialty services. The courses of this degree focus on sound horticultural science and principles, plant identification, proper soil development and management, sustainable landscape and irrigation design, water conservation, sustainable construction and landscape and turf maintenance practices, tree care, integrated pest management, licensing and certification, and horticultural business practices.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HORT 105 Pest Control Licensing or Certification 2
HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3) 3
  or PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3)
HORT 303 Integrated Pest Management  (3) 31
  or PLTS 332 Integrated Pest Management  (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
HORT 305 Plant Identification-Fall Selections  (3)
HORT 306 Plant Identification-Spring Selections  (3)
HORT 307 Plant Identification - Sustainable and CA Native Selections  (3)
HORT 320 Sustainable Landscape Construction 3
HORT 324 Sustainable Landscape Maintenance  (3) 3
HORT 340 Landscape and Irrigation Graphics and Design 32
HORT 350 Landscape Irrigation 3
HORT 351 Drip and Subsurface Irrigation 2
HORT 353 Sustainable Water Management 3
HORT 360 Introduction to Tree Care and Urban Forestry 3
A minimum of 2 units from the following: 2
HORT 498 Work Experience in Horticulture  (1 - 4)
Total Units: 39

1Horticulture 100 at American River College meets the Hort 303 course requirement.

2Horticulture 322 at American River College meets the Hort 340 course requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic horticultural principles and practices.

PSLO 2: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of soils, soil development, soil building and preparation, and sustainable soil management.

PSLO 3: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use, and maintenance of plant material best suited for conventional and sustainable landscapes.

PSLO 4: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic landscape design principles and practices.

PSLO 5: Demonstrate proficiency at implementing sustainable landscape construction principles and practices to install landscapes and landscape systems.

PSLO 6: Demonstrate proficiency at implementing sustainable tree care, landscape maintenance, and integrated pest management principles and practices to care for and maintain landscapes and green spaces.

PSLO 7: Demonstrate proficiency at implementing the principles and practices of irrigation design and installation to design, install, and manage water efficient irrigation systems.

Career Information

Students who complete the Sustainable Landscape A.S. degree may find employment in a wide range of areas including landscape contracting, landscape construction and installation, landscape and grounds maintenance, turf management, arboriculture and tree care, parks and recreation, landscape irrigation and water management, landscape design and consulting, nurseries and garden centers, landscape pest management, horticulture materials supply and power equipment servicing, and/or in a variety of other horticultural specialties.

Certificates of Achievement

Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals in the fields of architecture; construction; building management; construction management; building inspection; design technology; landscape; and planning, who want to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of an integrated, economic life-cycle approach to the design of the built environment. It includes study of green rating systems, material choices and environmental strategies for a livable, sustainable future.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Establish meaningful ethical, social and environmental objectives for buildings and communities based on the values of energy and resource conscious design.

Compare and contrast societal and economic implications of utilizing renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

Compare and contrast the effect of contextual issues and evaluate their impact on energy consumption, environment and the beneficial experience of interior and exterior spaces.

SLO 2: Identify and articulate issues related to the choice of various building, landscape and environmental systems; ideate responsive solutions; and compare the alternatives in making effective, sustainable decisions.

Analyze and calculate energy use to make informed, environmentally-sound and economic choices to satisfy human needs for comfort and aesthetics.

Explain the concepts of resource conservation and waste reduction and make sustainable design choices related to materials and construction.

Develop a comprehensive understanding of green rating systems, livable communities strategies and the ability to apply these concepts in decision-making.

SLO 3: Demonstrate independent learning, teamwork and continuing education habits that will help to encourage a life long pursuit of knowledge.

To use a team work process to identify issues, analyze criteria, research and apply learned principles to synthesize solutions to specific design projects.

To demonstrate habits of visual note making and independent research by developing a sketch and notebook to record learning.

Career Information

This certificate helps to develop the knowledge base related to sustainable green buildings and environments for the careers of architecture, construction, construction management, building inspection, horticulture, landscape architecture and architectural design technology.

Horticulture, Sustainable Irrigation and Water Management Technology Certificate

The certificate in Sustainable Irrigation and Water Management Technology concentrates on those courses that develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to designing, installing, and managing water efficient irrigation systems that are compliant with current California state and local ordinances. The required courses are designed to develop a strong foundational understanding of basic botany and plant growth requirements, and provide advanced education and training in sound principles of soil/water relationship testing and evaluation, soil development and management, proper sprinkler and drip irrigation design, irrigation systems troubleshooting and retrofitting, and irrigation systems management for water conservation. Students will have the opportunity to become QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) certified through this certificate program. QWEL is an EPA WaterSense Partnership program.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3) 3
  or PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3)
HORT 350 Landscape Irrigation 3
HORT 351 Drip and Subsurface Irrigation 2
HORT 353 Sustainable Water Management 3
A minimum of 2 units from the following: 2
HORT 498 Work Experience in Horticulture  (1 - 4)
Total Units: 16

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic horticultural principles and practices.

PSLO 2: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to sustainably manage landscape soils.

PSLO 3: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform basic tasks related to landscape irrigation systems design, installation, and maintenance.

PSLO 4: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform advanced tasks related to sustainable irrigation systems design, installation, retrofitting, and troubleshooting.

PSLO 5: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform advanced tasks related to landscape water use efficiency and sustainable water management.

Career Information

Students who complete a certificate in Sustainable Irrigation and Water Management Technology can find employment opportunities in sprinkler and surface/subsurface irrigation design, consultation, installation, maintenance and irrigation/water management. Students may be self-employed, or find employment with landscape and/or irrigation design firms, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance companies, golf courses, parks departments, water agencies, or other water/water service providers. This certificate will also prepare students for advanced training and certification through industry sponsored programs such as the Irrigation Association's (IA) Certified Irrigation Designer, Certified Irrigation Contractor, Certified Water Auditor, and Certified Water Manager programs, as well as the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) Water Management Certification program.

Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape Design Certificate

The certificate in Sustainable Landscape Design concentrates on those courses that develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to creating landscape and irrigation designs that make best use of local resources including soil, water, and construction materials. The courses of this certificate focus on sound horticultural science and principles, proper soil development and management, sustainable landscape and irrigation design, water conservation, sustainable landscape construction and maintenance practices, and integrated pest management.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3) 3
  or PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3)
HORT 303 Integrated Pest Management  (3) 31
  or PLTS 332 Integrated Pest Management  (3)
HORT 305 Plant Identification-Fall Selections  (3) 3
  or HORT 306 Plant Identification-Spring Selections  (3)
  or HORT 307 Plant Identification - Sustainable and CA Native Selections  (3)
HORT 340 Landscape and Irrigation Graphics and Design 32
HORT 350 Landscape Irrigation 3
HORT 351 Drip and Subsurface Irrigation 2
A minimum of 2 units from the following: 2
HORT 498 Work Experience in Horticulture  (1 - 4)
Total Units: 22

1Horticulture 100 at American River College meets the Hort 303 course requirement.

2Horticulture 322 at American River College meets the Hort 340 course requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic horticultural principles and practices.

PSLO 2. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of soils, soil development, soil building and preparation, and sustainable soil management.

PLSO 3. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, and use of plant material best suited for sustainable landscapes.

PSLO 4. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic landscape design principles and practices.

PSLO 5. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of hydraulics and irrigation design, installation, and water management principles and practices.

PSLO 6. Propose landscape design concepts based on sound, sustainable soil management, water conservation, construction and maintenance, and integrated pest management best practices.

Career Information

The certificate in Sustainable Landscape Design provides a strong horticulture foundation, along with the specialized skills and technical knowledge to prepare students for employment opportunities in the field of sustainable landscape planning and irrigation design. Students who complete a certificate in Sustainable Landscape Design find employment in landscape and irrigation design, planning, consultation, installation management, and water systems management. Students may be self-employed, or find employment with landscape design firms, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance firms, or other related service providers. Students will have the opportunity to become QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) certified through this certificate program. QWEL is an EPA WaterSense Partnership program. This certificate will also prepare students for advanced training and certification through industry sponsored programs such as the Irrigation Association (IA) Certified Water Auditor and Certified Water Manager programs.

Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape Certificate

A variety of professional career opportunities are available to those who wish to provide professional landscape installation and/or support services. Landscapers design, install, and maintain private and public outdoor spaces in which people live, work, and play. The Sustainable Landscape Certificate concentrates on those courses that develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for entry-level careers in developing, constructing, and maintaining functional and sustainable landscapes, green spaces, and irrigation systems, as well as careers in tree care, and landscape material, supply, and specialty services. The courses in this certificate focus on sound horticultural science and principles, plant identification, proper soil development and management, sustainable landscape and irrigation design, water conservation, sustainable construction and landscape maintenance, tree care, and integrated pest management.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3) 3
  or PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3)
HORT 303 Integrated Pest Management  (3) 31
  or PLTS 332 Integrated Pest Management  (3)
HORT 305 Plant Identification-Fall Selections  (3) 3
  or HORT 306 Plant Identification-Spring Selections  (3)
  or HORT 307 Plant Identification - Sustainable and CA Native Selections  (3)
HORT 320 Sustainable Landscape Construction  (3) 3
  or HORT 324 Sustainable Landscape Maintenance  (3)
  or HORT 360 Introduction to Tree Care and Urban Forestry  (3)
HORT 350 Landscape Irrigation 3
A minimum of 2 units from the following: 2
HORT 498 Work Experience in Horticulture  (1 - 4)
Total Units: 20

1Horticulture 100 at American River College meets the Hort 303 course requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic horticultural principles and practices.

PSLO 2: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of soils, soil development, soil building and preparation, and sustainable soil management.

PSLO 3: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of plant identification, selection, use, and maintenance of plant material best suited for sustainable landscapes.

PSLO 4: Demonstrate proficiency at implementing the principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management for sustainable landscapes.

PSLO 5: Demonstrate proficiency at implementing the principles and practices of sustainable landscape construction, sustainable landscape maintenance, or arboriculture to install and/or maintain sustainable landscapes.

PSLO 6: Demonstrate proficiency at implementing the principles and practices of irrigation design and water efficiency to design, install, and manage landscape irrigation systems.

Career Information

Students who complete a certificate in Landscape Technology may find entry-level employment in a wide range of areas including landscape contracting, landscape construction and installation, landscape and grounds maintenance, turf management, tree care, parks and recreation, landscape irrigation, landscape design and consulting, nurseries and garden centers, landscape pest management, and horticulture materials supply and power equipment servicing.

Horticulture (HORT) Courses

HORT 105 Pest Control Licensing or Certification

Units: 2

Hours: 36 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300, HORT 303, PLTS 300, or PLTS 332

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition

Units: 3

Same As: PLTS 310

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300 and PLTS 300

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID AG - PS 128L

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 303 Integrated Pest Management

Units: 3

Same As: PLTS 332

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300 and PLTS 300

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 305 Plant Identification-Fall Selections

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300

Transferable: CSU; UC (HORT 305 and 306 combined: maximum transfer credit is one course)

CID: C-ID AG - EH 112L

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. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 306 Plant Identification-Spring Selections

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300

Transferable: CSU; UC (HORT 305 and 306 combined: maximum transfer credit is one course)

CID: C-ID AG - EH 108L

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. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 307 Plant Identification - Sustainable and CA Native Selections

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300

Transferable: CSU; UC

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. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 312 Plant Propagation

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID AG - EH 116L

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communications skills.

HORT 313 Sustainable Agriculture

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 320 Sustainable Landscape Construction

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300

Transferable: CSU

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. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 324 Sustainable Landscape Maintenance

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 340 Landscape and Irrigation Graphics and Design

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: HORT 305, 306, or 307

Transferable: CSU

This course is the study of technical drafting skills and freehand graphics, including line quality, lettering, and organization of the design space as it relates to landscape and irrigation design. It includes 'hand drafting techniques', plant database software, introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) for landscape, and the use of a variety of graphics skills and media. Irrigation design for landscapes studies water hydraulics, irrigation equipment, including irrigation heads, pipes, pumps, controllers and valves, and water conservation. The course includes preparing landscape and irrigation plans, plan presentation, and reprographics. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 350 Landscape Irrigation

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300 and 340; Hort 322 from ARC with a grade of "C" or better satisfies the Hort 340 advisory.

Transferable: CSU

This course prepares students to design, install and maintain water efficient landscape irrigation systems. Topics include current California State water use regulations and ordinances, water supply, basic hydraulics, component identification and terminology, system layout, pipe sizing, water application devices, valves, and controllers. Students can earn QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) certification by achieving a passing score on the final exam. (Minimum passing score will be announced in class). Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 351 Drip and Subsurface Irrigation

Units: 2

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300, 340, and 350

Transferable: CSU

This course prepares students to design, install and maintain water efficient, surface and subsurface drip irrigation systems. Topics include component identification and terminology, system layout, pipe sizing, water application equipment. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 353 Sustainable Water Management

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: HORT 350 with a grade of "C" or better; Hort 105 from ARC with a grade of "C" or better satisfies the Hort 350 prerequisite.

Advisory: HORT 300

Transferable: CSU

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. Students can earn QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) certification by achieving a passing score on the final exam. (Minimum passing score will be announced in class). Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 360 Introduction to Tree Care and Urban Forestry

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is an introductory study and application of the principles and practices of tree care and urban forestry. This course will focus on tree biology, tree identification, plant health care, soils, plant nutrition, planting, worker safety, climbing, pruning, and the safe and effective use of tree-care tools and equipment. This course prepares the student to obtain a Certified Arborist designation through the International Society of Arboriculture. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

HORT 495 Independent Studies in Horticulture

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

HORT 498 Work Experience in Horticulture

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Horticulture.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

These CRC programs offer students the opportunity to blend the disciplines of horticulture, construction, drafting and business into a unique professional opportunity. A wide variety of employment opportunities are available in the Sacramento area for students completing the associate’s degree or one of the certificate programs. The continued growth of the area and the need for specialized training are creating a demand for qualified individuals.A student majoring in a degree option program should, upon completion, be able to meet the standards imposed by local industries for proper placement within the selected job area of the student's choice. It should, however, be noted that each employment situation may require that additional standards be met.

Full-time Faculty

Dave Andrews
Office: NTB 109
Phone: (916) 691-7551
E-mail: AndrewD@CRC.losrios.edu