Horticulture

Course Descriptions

HORT 102: Horticulture Plant Science

Credits: 4.0

The structure, function, classification, and ecology of vascular plants are explored in this introductory botany course, with an emphasis on cultivated and native plants of the Pacific Northwest.

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    HORT 104: Agroecology: Ecological Approach to Agriculture

    Credits: 5.0

    An ecological approach to agriculture including the interactions of crops with the environment, soil building and ecology, developing diverse cropping systems, and managing biological competition, culminating in a whole systems perspective on sustainable agriculture.

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      HORT 106: Broadleaf Plant Identification

      Credits: 5.0

      Learn to recognize the principal broadleaf evergreens used in Northwest gardens along with their culture and use. Be prepared to arrive and depart from field trip sites on your own.

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        HORT 107: Conifer Plant Identification

        Credits: 4.0

        Learn to recognize the principal coniferous trees and shrubs used in Northwest gardens along with their culture and use. Be prepared to arrive and depart from field trip sites on your own.

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          HORT 108: Deciduous Plant Identification

          Credits: 5.0

          Learn to recognize the principal deciduous, flowering trees, and shrubs used in Northwest gardens along with their culture and use. Be prepared to arrive and depart from field trip sites on your own.

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            HORT 109: Soil Science and Conservation

            Credits: 5.0

            The study of soils as living ecosystems, including their physical, chemical, and biological properties. Nutrient cycling, fertility management, soil building, and site diagnosis and classification are also examined. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own. Prerequisite(s): Placement into BRDGE 093 or EAP 121 or higher. MATH 087 or higher, HORT 102, or instructor permission.

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              HORT 110: Pest Management Programming

              Credits: 2.0

              Introduction to the basic tenets of pest management program development, materials safety, and proper use of equipment. Prerequisite(s): Placement in BRDGE 093 or EAP 121 or higher and MATH 087 or higher.

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                HORT 116: Plant Insects

                Credits: 4.0

                Insect pests, predators and parasites of Pacific Northwest ornamentals; lifecycles and damages; chemical and biologic control methods with a sustainable focus. Prerequisite(s): Placement in BRDGE 093 or instructor permission. Students encouraged to have taken HORT 106, 107, 108, and 110.

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                  HORT 117: Pruning

                  Credits: 3.5

                  Principles of pruning including tools, techniques, timing and special treatment of Pacific Northwest ornamentals. Field experience is stressed, including ladder use. Students must supply their own by-pass hand pruners, folding saw, and rain gear.

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                    HORT 118: Introduction to Plant Pests

                    Credits: 6.0

                    Introduction to the most common disease and insect pests of Northwest landscapes and nurseries. Focus on diagnosing pest problems and best practice solutions with an Integrated Pest Management approach.  Prerequisite(s): Placement into BRDGE 093 or EAP 121 or higher, HORT 102 or instructor permission. Students encouraged to have taken HORT 106, HORT 107, HORT 108, HORT 109, and HORT 110.

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                      HORT 120: Landscape Appreciation

                      Credits: 2.0

                      This basic design course explores design elements and principles and their application in landscape design, maintenance, and other fields of horticulture.

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                        HORT 134: Interior Plants

                        Credits: 3.0

                        Tropical plants used in the home, office, and commercial sites. Information on the care of the most popular taxa including how to extend their life and vitality. Field trips and hands-on learning in the greenhouse and lab are important parts of the course. S/U grade option.

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                          HORT 155: Special Topics

                          Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

                          Classes, workshops or seminars of current interest in Horticulture.

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                            HORT 170: Fall Garden Practices

                            Credits: 3.0

                            Introduces students to basic landscape and garden installation, and preservation practices for fall, including fall turf and planting bed management, planting and transplanting techniques, and equipment operation. S/U grade option.

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                              HORT 172: Spring Garden Practices

                              Credits: 3.0

                              Introduction to basic landscape and garden installation, and maintenance practices for spring shrub/tree planting, staking, turf aeration/thatching, mowing, edging, fertilizing, and more. Safe and efficient operation of equipment is stressed. S/U grade option.

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                                HORT 174: Horticulture Tools and Materials

                                Credits: 4.0

                                Selection, use, and sizing of materials as well as the maintenance and safe use of tools and equipment for landscaping and nursery use. Estimating quantities of materials for typical horticultural applications. Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 087 or higher.

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                                  HORT 192: Careers Seminar

                                  Credits: 1.5

                                  A series of presentations and panel discussions with professionals to explore horticulture career options, work profiles, and the knowledge and skills required to be successful. Students identify career interests and resources then develop education and career goals. S/U grade option.

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                                    HORT 196: Introduction to the Nursery and Greenhouse

                                    Credits: 3.0

                                    Explore greenhouse/nursery operations and basic plant production requirements in a hands-on approach to learning at our college nursery facility. Field trips to commercial operations. S/U grade option.

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                                      HORT 198: Individual Project in Horticulture

                                      Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

                                      Independent study of a student-selected project or approved experience in the field of horticulture. S/U grade option. Registration permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

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                                        HORT 199: Special Projects

                                        Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

                                        Requires research in areas not specifically covered in other coursework. Credit available with approval. S/U grade option.

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                                          HORT 207: Native Plants in the Landscape

                                          Credits: 2.0

                                          Identify principal native plant communities, and their indicator species, of Washington state through class work and field trips. Examine cultural requirements and garden attributes. Be prepared to arrive and depart from field trip sites on your own. S/U grade option.

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                                            HORT 210: Fine Gardening Practicum

                                            Credits: 3.0

                                            Hands-on experience in the development and management of intricate gardens of herbaceous, woody, and edible plants. Class may include border and bed design, installation, renovation, and all manner of garden management activities. S/U grade option.

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                                              HORT 211: Spring Flowering Herbaceous Plants

                                              Credits: 3.5

                                              Spring flowering annuals, bulbs and perennials for Northwest gardens; learn to identify, appreciate and utilize this season's noteworthy stars as you visit them in a variety of settings. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): HORT 102. Field trips are an integral part of this class. Be prepared to arrive and depart from the sites on your own.

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                                                HORT 212: Summer Flowering Herbaceous Plants

                                                Credits: 2.5

                                                Summer flowering annuals, bulbs and perennials for Northwest gardens; learn to identify, appreciate and utilize this season's noteworthy stars as you visit them in a variety of settings. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): HORT 102. Field trips are an integral part of this class. Be prepared to arrive and depart from the sites on your own.

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                                                  HORT 213: Fall Flowering Herbaceous Plants

                                                  Credits: 2.5

                                                  Fall flowering annuals, bulbs and perennials for Northwest gardens; learn to identify, appreciate and utilize this season's noteworthy stars as you visit them in a variety of settings. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): HORT 102. Field trips are an integral part of this class. Be prepared to arrive and depart from the sites on your own.

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                                                    HORT 221: Plants in the Landscape

                                                    Credits: 3.0

                                                    Not only a review of outside woody plants but also a look at how they can be used in the landscape keeping in mind their environmental tolerances and aesthetic qualities. Successful plant combinations will be explored with on-site visitations. Prerequisite(s): HORT 106, HORT 107, and HORT 108 or instructor permission.

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                                                      HORT 224: Design Presentation

                                                      Credits: 3.0

                                                      Provides background training in the creation of a professional plot plan. Topics include scales, lettering, and layout for a legible plan. Learn basics of selection/elevations and perspective sketching. S/U grade option.

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                                                        HORT 227: Container Gardening

                                                        Credits: 3.0

                                                        Container gardens for effective displays. Soils, drainage, containers, fertilizers, plant combinations, maintenance and preservation practices are considered. Hands on experience included.

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                                                          HORT 228: Field Sketching

                                                          Credits: 3.0

                                                          Drawing techniques that will help develop ideas and facilitate designer/client communication. Class will include field trips to area gardens for sketching practice.

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                                                            HORT 229: Plant Propagation

                                                            Credits: 3.0

                                                            Hands-on introduction to seed collecting, treatment, germination; handling, preparation, treatment and rooting of cuttings; grafting tools and the preparation of grafts; and a field trip to examine how micropropagation in tissue culture is accomplished. S/U grade option.

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                                                              HORT 231: Micropropagation Laboratory

                                                              Credits: 1.0

                                                              A hands-on laboratory to prepare and produce plants using micropropagation. Prerequisite(s): HORT 229 recommended.

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                                                                HORT 232: Grafting

                                                                Credits: 1.0

                                                                Hands-on laboratory to prepare and graft several kinds of plants to take home. S/U grade option.

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                                                                  HORT 233: Seed Propagation Lab

                                                                  Credits: 1.0

                                                                  Hands-on laboratory to gain additional experience propagating plants from seed with an in-depth examination of seed selection, the development of seed lines and seed germination requirements. Prerequisite(s): HORT 229 recommended.

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                                                                    HORT 234: Hardwood Cuttings Lab

                                                                    Credits: 1.0

                                                                    Hands-on laboratory with a special focus on the handling, preparation, treatment, and rooting of hardwood cuttings with an in-depth examination of the special attributes of hardwood cutting propagation. Prerequisite(s): HORT 229 recommended.

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                                                                      HORT 236: Nursery and Greenhouse Operations

                                                                      Credits: 4.0

                                                                      Explore the principal facets of wholesale nursery and greenhouse operation and management including spatial organization, facilities, plant production systems, and marketing.  Prerequisite(s): Placement in BRDGE 093 or higher, HORT 102 and HORT 196 or instructor permission.

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                                                                        HORT 241: Vegetable and Herb Production: Winter

                                                                        Credits: 2.0

                                                                        Design and implement a four season vegetable and herb garden, focusing on site and crop selection, garden and bed layouts, soil preparation and building, and comparative growing methods. Students sow early season crops in the greenhouse for subsequent outdoor transplanting. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                          HORT 242: Introduction to Arboriculture

                                                                          Credits: 3.0

                                                                          Covers basics of arboriculture and tree management, including tree physiology, selection, maintenance and common landscape problems. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) standards will be discussed. S/U grade option.

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                                                                            HORT 244: Vegetable and Herb Production: Spring

                                                                            Credits: 3.0

                                                                            Continuation of HORT 241, focusing on crop cultural requirements, polycultural intercropping, succession planting, crop rotation, and the management of biological competitors. Students practice techniques at the on-campus garden. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                              HORT 245: Vegetable and Herb Production: Summer

                                                                              Credits: 2.0

                                                                              Continuation of HORT 241 and HORT 244, focusing on season extension, harvesting and storage, cover cropping, and an analysis of crop production results and resource conservation values. Students practice techniques at the on campus garden. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                                HORT 247: Fruit and Nut Production: Winter

                                                                                Credits: 2.0

                                                                                Tree fruit production for the urban garden to small farm, focusing on cultivar selection, cultural requirements, propagation, planting, pruning, and management, with specific attention to heritage fruit tree restoration. Students practice techniques at the on campus garden. S/U grade option. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                                  HORT 250: Introduction to Restoration Ecology

                                                                                  Credits: 4.0

                                                                                  Introduction to the basic tenets of restoration ecology with a focus on the revegetation and repair of degraded and abandoned land as well as mitigating urbanization.

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                                                                                    HORT 251: Restoration Horticulture

                                                                                    Credits: 5.0

                                                                                    Horticultural principles associated with ecological restoration with applied projects in re-vegetation and habitat restoration. Prerequisite(s): HORT 250.

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                                                                                      HORT 252: Low Impact Landscaping

                                                                                      Credits: 3.0

                                                                                      Introduction to horticultural and landscape technologies that mitigate the impact and disturbance of urban development on natural systems. These include bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, and other green infrastructure.

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                                                                                        HORT 253: Fruit and Nut Production: Spring

                                                                                        Credits: 3.0

                                                                                        Continuation of HORT 247, focusing on nut, vine, and uncommon fruit production, with specific attention to environmental change, biological competitors, and pollination patterns. Students practice techniques at the on campus garden. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                                          HORT 254: Fruit and Nut Production: Summer

                                                                                          Credits: 2.0

                                                                                          Continuation of HORT 247 and HORT 253, focusing on soft fruit production and harvest and storage practices, with specific attention to designing polycultural cropping plans and food forests. Students practice techniques at the on campus garden. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own. Prerequisite(s): HORT 102 or instructor permission.

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                                                                                            HORT 255: Horticultural Seminars

                                                                                            Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

                                                                                            Subject matter of topical interest. S/U grade option.

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                                                                                              HORT 256: Permaculture Design

                                                                                              Credits: 4.0

                                                                                              A whole systems introduction to permaculture design that applies associated ethics, principles, and tools to urban and small farm agriculture systems. Student teams meet regularly outside of class to work on design projects. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                                                HORT 257: Urban Farming and Business Planning I

                                                                                                Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                Explore urban farm models and entrepreneurship while developing springtime hands on urban farming skills. Conceive of and draft an urban whole farm management plan and business plan. Students practice techniques at the SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from the sites on your own.

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                                                                                                  HORT 258: Urban Farming and Business Planning II

                                                                                                  Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                  Continuation of HORT 257, exploring urban farm models and entrepreneurship while developing summertime hands on urban farming skills. Complete and present an urban whole farm management and business plan. Students practice techniques at the SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own. Prerequisite(s): HORT 257.

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                                                                                                  HORT 259: Postharvest to Local Market Operations

                                                                                                  Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                  Study local food system development, food physiology, and food security, safety, and quality issues through exposure to real world postharvest and direct market operations, with an emphasis on urban agriculture enterprises. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                                                  HORT 262: Landscape Design I

                                                                                                  Credits: 6.0

                                                                                                  Residential landscape design based on a seven step process. This class is for the professional with emphasis on the creative use of plants and garden making.  Prerequisite(s): Placement in BRDGE 093 or higher, HORT 120 and HORT 224 or instructor permission.

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                                                                                                    HORT 263: Landscape Design II

                                                                                                    Credits: 6.0

                                                                                                    Continuation of planting design principles from HORT 262 applied to residential and small commercial landscapes. Design and preparation of planting plans and schedules. Professional presentation emphasized. Prerequisite(s): Placement in BRDGE 093 or higher, HORT 106, 107, 108, 224, 262, or instructor permission.

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                                                                                                      HORT 264: CADD for Landscape

                                                                                                      Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                      Introduction to computer-aided drafting using professional CADD software as a tool for landscape design. Navigate CADD to generate base and planting plans, import and export to AutoCAD, and utilize a labeling program that provides plant lists and bid packages. Prerequisite(s): Placement into BRDGE 093 or higher and MATH 087 or higher. Basic proficiency in navigating a MS Windows 98/2000/XP environment. HORT 262 or equivalent.

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                                                                                                        HORT 269: Horticulture Business Practices

                                                                                                        Credits: 4.0

                                                                                                        Introduction to business practices essential to the operation of a successful landscape or nursery business. Basic record keeping, planning, bidding, and estimating contracts, and responsibilities. Prerequisite(s): Placement into BRDGE 093 or higher and MATH 087 or higher. Knowledge of Word and Excel recommended.

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                                                                                                          HORT 270: Restorative Design Solutions

                                                                                                          Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                          Pragmatic approach to site design emphasizing restorative approaches to a variety of disturbed landscapes. Students will complete site analysis, program development, planting plans and plant schedules for a site. Prerequisite(s): HORT 106, 107 and 108; HORT 207 and 250.

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                                                                                                            HORT 272: Aquaponic Systems and Food Production

                                                                                                            Credits: 4.0

                                                                                                            Introduction to aquaponic systems: the integrated cultivation of food plant hydroponics and aquatic animal aquaculture in a symbiotic environment for urban and small farm agriculture. Students practice techniques at a local farm. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own.

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                                                                                                              HORT 275: Garden Structures

                                                                                                              Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                              A survey of various types of garden structures from pergolas and trellises to fences and gates including their components and assembly techniques. Introduces basic construction techniques and construction details for these structures. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own. Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 087 or higher, HORT 174.

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                                                                                                                HORT 276: Hardscapes: Brick, Concrete, and Stone

                                                                                                                Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                                A survey of garden walkways, patios, and retaining walls including an analysis of common hardscape materials such as brick, concrete, and stone and the construction techniques used with these materials. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Be prepared to arrive and depart from sites on your own. Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 087 or higher, HORT 174.

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                                                                                                                  HORT 277: Landscape Lighting

                                                                                                                  Credits: 1.0

                                                                                                                  Technical knowledge and skills to create more garden visibility, drama and exotic nighttime effects with lights. S/U grade. Prerequisite(s): MATH 087 placement or instructor permission.

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                                                                                                                    HORT 278: Landscape Construction Design

                                                                                                                    Credits: 4.0

                                                                                                                    Covers the preparation of landscape construction drawings including layout, grading and construction details. Basic drafting conventions and techniques are also taught and practiced. Prerequisite(s): HORT 174 and placement into MATH 087 or higher.

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                                                                                                                      HORT 280: Weed Identification and Management

                                                                                                                      Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                                      Learn to recognize weed and invasive plants and their weak points to better manage them in landscapes and nurseries; chemical and nonchemical programs. Prerequisite(s): HORT 110 or instructor permission and placement into MATH 087 or higher.

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                                                                                                                        HORT 281: Sustainable Lawn Installation

                                                                                                                        Credits: 1.0

                                                                                                                        Concepts behind designing and installing a sustainable lawn. Industry calculations for drainage, water infiltration, materials used.

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                                                                                                                          HORT 282: Sustainable Lawn Management

                                                                                                                          Credits: 1.0

                                                                                                                          Dynamics of sustainable turf maintenance including weed, insect, and disease control, fertilization and cultural requirements.

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                                                                                                                            HORT 283: Groundcovers

                                                                                                                            Credits: 1.0

                                                                                                                            Viable alternatives to turf as well as plantings beneath shrubs and trees; consideration given to difficult sites where turf is not an option. A field trip is integral to this class. Be prepared to arrive and depart on your own.

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                                                                                                                              HORT 284: Irrigation Design

                                                                                                                              Credits: 5.0

                                                                                                                              Wise use of water from proper system design and installation through maintenance and management. Learn the most effective way to water a landscape including head spacing, hydraulics, installation and controller scheduling. Efficient water use stressed.

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                                                                                                                                HORT 286: Landscape Maintenance and Renovations

                                                                                                                                Credits: 4.0

                                                                                                                                Design and maintenance are blended into renovation issues. Site analysis of existing plants and problems such as insects, diseases, spacing, etc. are worked into projected plans and management scheduling. Hands-on project and site project required.

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                                                                                                                                  HORT 287: Low Volume Irrigation

                                                                                                                                  Credits: 2.0

                                                                                                                                  Interpret, assemble, and design low-volume irrigation, including drip systems, in context with landscape design/existing gardens as a designer, installer, and maintenance professional. Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 087 or higher.

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                                                                                                                                    HORT 291: Internship

                                                                                                                                    Credits: 1.0 to 4.0

                                                                                                                                    Practical work experience at horticultural enterprises, including nurseries and farms, garden centers and food hubs, public gardens and parks, and restoration organizations and consultancies, that applies and builds upon the knowledge and skills derived from program coursework. Students establish learning objectives and outcomes with the internship providers. S/U grade option. Permit code required. Should be taken within the last two quarters of the program. Registration permitted in the first seven weeks as space is available.

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                                                                                                                                      HORT 293: Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

                                                                                                                                      Credits: 1.0 to 2.0

                                                                                                                                      Hands on practical experience managing an urban farm enterprise for aspiring practitioners. Apply weekly on farm education and training to seasonally appropriate operational and production tasks at the SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm. Should be taken within last two quarters of program. Permit code required. Registration permitted first seven weeks (six in summer) as space is available.

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                                                                                                                                        HORT 294: Research in Sustainable Agriculture

                                                                                                                                        Credits: 1.0 to 2.0

                                                                                                                                        Independent study and research on a topic related to sustainable agriculture, with guidance provided by a research mentor. An introduction to the scientific method, critical thinking, and technical communication for self motivated learners. Should be taken within last two quarters of program. Permit code required. Registration permitted first seven weeks (six in summer) as space is available.

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                                                                                                                                          HORT 295: Final Project

                                                                                                                                          Credits: 1.0

                                                                                                                                          The second year project is oriented toward career goals using training and experience in a practical demonstration of competency. The project should be taken during the last quarter of your program and arranged with your advisor. S/U grade option. Permit code required.

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                                                                                                                                            HORT 296: Greenhouse/Nursery Practicum I

                                                                                                                                            Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                                                            The summary course for second year nursery/greenhouse students involving the production of crops. HORT 297 should follow. S/U grade option. Three additional lab hours per week to be arranged. Registration permitted first seven weeks (six in summer) as space is available.

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                                                                                                                                              HORT 297: Greenhouse/Nursery Practicum II

                                                                                                                                              Credits: 3.0

                                                                                                                                              Continuation of HORT 296 focusing on the continued production and growth of greenhouse and/or nursery crops. S/U grade option. Three additional lab hours per week to be arranged. Prerequisite(s): HORT 296 or instructor permission.

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                                                                                                                                                HORT 298: Individual Project in Horticulture

                                                                                                                                                Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

                                                                                                                                                Study of student-selected project or approved experience in the field of horticulture. S/U grade option. Registration permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

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