Course Details

Class: HORT-110 - Introduction to Horticulture and Plant Science
Recommended: CHEM-106, Math 090 and Eligibility for ENGL-122 or equivalent
Units: 4.0
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to plant sciences as related to horticulture. Topics include plant morphology, growth processes, propagation, physiology, growth media, biological competitors, and post-harvest factors of food, fiber, ornamental and native plants. C-ID AG-PS-106L, CSU, UC

Class: HORT-110 - Introduction to Horticulture and Plant Science

Recommended: CHEM-106, Math 090 and Eligibility for ENGL-122 or equivalent

Units: 4.0

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to plant sciences as related to horticulture. Topics include plant morphology, growth processes, propagation, physiology, growth media, biological competitors, and post-harvest factors of food, fiber, ornamental and native plants. C-ID AG-PS-106L, CSU, UC

 

Class: HORT-111 - Plant Propagation and Production: Winter and Spring

Prerequisite: HORT-110 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent Recommended: HORT-125 or equivalent

Units: 3.0

Course Description: This course introduces plant propagation and production practices for nursery operations, with an emphasis on sexual and asexual reproduction of winter and spring plants. Topics include winter and spring planting specifications, 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; and new plant introductions in the nursery industry. Students will also participate in greenhouse management, scheduling of plant production, seed-starting, vegetative propagation and the marketing of winter and spring containerized nursery stock. C-ID HORT111+HORT112= AG-EH116L, CSU

 

Class: HORT-113 - Plant Materials and Their Uses: Winter and Spring

Recommended: HORT-110 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent

Units: 3.0

Course Description: This course introduces the identification and uses of common plants in the California landscape that are of special interest in the winter or spring. Topics include native and introduced plant identification, growth habits, cultural and environmental requirements, uses in the landscape. Plants emphasized will come from the current California Association of Nurseries & Garden Centers (CANGC) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Certification Tests Plant Lists. C-ID AG-EH 108L, CSU

 

Class: HORT-130 - Turf Grass Management

Units: 1.5

Course Description: This course will introduce the study of turf grass management including identification, production, installation, and maintenance. Regional irrigation methodology, fertilization regimes, pests and diseases of turf, and new cultivars are emphasized. CSU

 

Class: HORT-133 - Landscape Construction

Units: 3.0

Course Description: This course introduces students to the information and skills required to install residential hardscapes using SITESv2 standards. SITES v2's rating system was developed from research, peer-reviewed literature, case-study precedents, and projects registered in the SITES Pilot Program by a diverse group of experts in soils, water, vegetation, materials, and human health and well-being. It includes best practices in landscape architecture, ecological restoration and related fields. Water conservation, plan reading, tool use and safety, and core sustainability principles are covered. CSU

 

Class: HORT-179 - Arboriculture

Units: 4.0

Course Description: This comprehensive class teaches students how to manage trees in urban and suburban landscapes. Included are the benefits that trees provide, and species profiles, form and ecological functions. Observational analysis skills will be taught in conjunction with scientific knowledge to direct assessment and diagnosis. Tree health subjects and applications include species selection, planting and establishment, pruning, safety, cabling, bracing, staking, watering, fertilizing, and pest control. The focus will be on trees appropriate for Contra Costa soils and micro-climates. CSU

 

Class: HORT-181 - Landscape Design I: Graphics

Units: 3.0

Course Description: This is the first out of two courses in landscape design techniques and concepts. It will cover the basics of the landscape design process; site analysis, methods of graphic representation of vegetation, topography, and other landscape elements. Students will explore different landscape design documents. CSU, UC

 

Class: HORT-185 - Site Analysis

Units: 1.5

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the field of landscape design and the profession of landscape architecture. Landscape fundamentals are introduced, with an emphasis on the understanding of space and form in the landscape, and how a sustainable landscape design can convey meaning while fulfilling functional requirements. CSU