Environmental Horticulture Course Descriptions

101 Horticulture 3(3,0) Environmental factors and horticultural practices affecting optimum production of floral, fruit, ornamental, and vegetable crops.  Survey of the various areas of horticulture and their importance to society.

102 Experience Horticulture 1(0,2) Students experience the art, science, business, and diversity of horticulture through visits to greenhouses, nurseries, botanical gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, orchards, farms, and research fields and laboratories.  Students learn about horticulture from a cross section of professionals sharing their work experiences.  Preq:  Freshman or sophomore standing in Horticulture or Turfgrass.

202 Selected Topics 1-3(1-3,0) Introduction to developing trends, concepts or technologies in horticulture and/or turfgrass.  May be repeated for a maximum of three credits, but only if different topics are covered.  Preq:  Consent of instructor.

208 Landscape Appreciation 3(3,0) Designed to deepen the student's appreciation of our natural and built environments through a study of landscape elements, styles, and professions.  Landscapes ranging in scale from residential to regional are critiqued, and design principles and landscape ethics are discussed.

212 Introduction to Turfgrass Culture 3(3,0) Studies of the introductory principles associated with the art and science of turfgrass culture.  Develop an understanding of the history of and evolution of turfgrasses and turfgrass culture.  Explore career potentials in turfgrass management.  Explain the basic scientific principles and techniques associated with the propagation and establishment of fine turfgrasses.  Preq:  BIOSC 205, 206.

213 Turfgrass Culture Laboratory 1(0,2) Provides hands-on activities and understanding of basic principles and techniques in turfgrass culture.  Students learn all phases of turfgrass management including identification and control.  Preq:  HORT 212.

271 Internship 1-6(0,2-12) Preplanned, practical and supervised work experience designed to give beginning students on-the-job learning opportunities that will support their classroom experience.  Students will submit monthly reports and present a departmental internship seminar.  Undergraduates may accumulate a maximum of 6 credits for participation in HORT 271 and/or 471.  Preq:  Consent of instructor.

303 Landscape Plants 3(2,3) Woody, ornamental plants and their aesthetic and functional uses in landscape developments.  The study covers habit of growth, ultimate size, texture effect, period of bloom, color, and cultural requirements.

304 Annuals and Perennials 3(2,3) Annual and perennial flowers' aesthetic appeal and functional uses and needs.  Color, texture, bloom time, form, size and growth requirements as they relate to designing, planting, and maintaining colorful landscapes.  Preq:  HORT 208, 303, or consent of instructor.

305 Plant Propagation 3(2,3) All phases of plant propagation from seeds, bulbs, divisions, layers, cuttings, budding, and other types of grafting are comprehensively treated.  Timing, manner and material for making cuttings; temperature and media requirements and propagation structures for rooting cuttings of ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs, and indoor plants will be studied.

306 Plant Propagation Techiques Laboratory 1(0,3) Techniques of plant propagation including sexual methods:  germination, scarification, and stratfication.  Asexual methods including grafting, budding, cuttings, layering, tissue culture divisions, and separations.  Local nurseries are visited.  Coreq: HORT 305.

308 Sustainable Landscape Garden Design 4(3,3) Landscape planning of residential and public properties in order to achieve best use and most enjoyment from a given piece of ground.  Preq:  HORT 208, 303, or consent of instructor.

310 Growing Landscape Plants 3(2,3) Principles, technologies, and techniques of landscape plant production and growth including environmental control and manipulation, water, nutrient and pest management, scheduling, propagation, and plant problem diagnostics.  Emphasizes herbaceous ornamentals along with significant woody landscape plants.  Preq:  HORT 101 or equivalent.

400 Selected Topics 1-6(1-6,0) Advanced study of any aspect of horticulture and/or turfgrass not addressed in other courses.  May be repeated for a maximum of six credits, but only in different topics are covered.  Preq:  Junior standing or consent of instructor.

406, 606 Nursery Technology 3(2,3) Principles and techniques in handling nursery crops.  Preq:  HORT 303, 305.

408 Horticulture Discovery and Inquiry 1-9(0,3-18) Independent investigation in horticulture. Emphasis will be placed on organizing a quality proposal, conducting the investigation, and reporting of findings at a professional society meeting and/or in a professional publication.  Cumulative maximum of 3 credits.  Preq:  Minimum of 75 hours completed and consent of instructor.

409 Seminar 1(1,0) Recent research work on various phases of horticulture, methods of conducting investigations, and preparation of report of investigations.

412, 612 Advanced Turfgrass Management 3(2,3) Advanced principles and practices associated with turfgrass management for golf courses, sports fields, sod production, and commercial lawn care.  Topics include turfgrass physiology, plant growth and development, construction, turfgrass nutrition, irrigation, drainage, pesticide use and fate, and development of effective management systems.  Preq:  CSENV 202, HORT 212, or consent of instructor.

420, 620 Applied Turfgrass Physiology 3(3,0) Advanced course in turfgrass science and management.  Provides the current status and development of turfgrass stress physiology and research.  Main topics include temperature, drought, traffic, edaphic stresses, new developments in the turf industry and environmental stewardship.  Preq:  HORT 212, 213.

427 Urban Tree Care (FOR) 3(3,0) Principles, practices, and problems of protecting and maintaining trees in urban and recreational areas.  Examines environmental and biological factors affecting trees in high-use areas, their management and cultural requirements, and the practices necessary for their protection and care asa valuable assets in the landscape.  Preq:  Junior standing or consent of instructor.

433, 633 (CSENV) Landscape and Turf Weed Management 3(2,2) Weed management strategies that include cultural, biological, and chemical methods are studied for landscape and turfgrass areas.  Problem-solving skills and herbicide characteristics are emphasized.  Preq:  HORT 212 or consent of instructor.

455, 655 Just Fruits 3(3,0) Students explore the origins, biology, culture, and production of major temperature zone fruits--apples, berries, and cherries to pawpaws, peaches, and pomegranates, the familiar to the forbidden.  The discover principles, practices, and technologies employed to grow, protect, and harvest the fruits that feed us from commercial orchards, organic farms, and backyards.  Preq:  HORT 101 or consent of instructor.

456, 656 Vegetable Crops 3(3,0) A wide range of topics related to site selection, preparation of the vegetable growing area, variety selection and planting, cultural practices to manage insects and diseases, and harvesting will be covered.  Post-harvest handling and storage of individual crops will be addressed.  Emphasis will be placed on sustainable practices, alternative methods, and reducing reliance on chemical inputs.

461, H461, 661 Problems in Landscape Design 4(3,3) Landscape planning for larger residential properties, schools, industrial plants, real estate developments; detailed finished plants; further study of materials used; original problems; field study.  Preq:  HORT 308, 407, or consent of instructor.

465, 665 (BIOSC, GEN) Plant Molecular Biology 3(3,0) Study of fundamental plan processes at both the cellular and molecular levels.  Topics include genome structure and organization (both nuclear and organellar); regulation of gene expression and its role in cellular and whole-plant processes; transposable genetic elements; applications for biotechnology.  Preq:  Junior standing or consent of instructor; BIOSC 304 or 305; GEN 302.

471, 671 Advanced Internship 1-6(0,2-12) Preplanned work experience under competent supervision in approved agency dealing with horticultural endeavors.  Gives advanced students on-the-job learning opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and skills.  Monthly reports and final departmental seminar required.  Undergraduates may accumulate a maximum of six credits for participation in HORT 271 and/or 471.  Preq:  Junior standing and consent of instructor.

472, 672 Garden Experiences in Youth Development 2(1,3) Exploration of the role of gardening and related outdoor experiences in enhancement of educational development, self-esteem and pro-social behavior in elementary school children.  Preq:  Senior standing and consent of instructor.