Lower Division Courses

0015. Fundamentals of Horticulture (2 s.h.) F S.

Principles of horticultural science; basic techniques of horticulture, including soil management, plant propagation, selection and maintenance of plant materials, and landscape design.

0062. Horticulture Business Management and Contracting (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Math 0045 or higher level.

Estimating and bidding. Responsibilities of managers and supervisors. Reading and interpreting blueprints and specifications. Problem solving, training and retraining of staff. Forecasting budgets, business and tax laws, and business types. Personnel recruiting and management. Marketing and ethics.

C080. Art of Floral Design I (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: AR. $.

A lecture-studio course in which students learn the aesthetic principles of design firsthand as they create a series of floral compositions from natural and artificial materials. Development of a critical eye by analyzing and critiquing their own and each other's work. Also considers traditions of floral design as it has been practiced in Eastern and Western cultures.

0098. Cooperative Education (3 s.h.) SS.

Prerequisite: Permission of department required.

A program of full-time summer work in horticulture or landscape design for a minimum of seven weeks. Cooperative Education gives the student the opportunity to integrate academic learning with practical work experience, thereby broadening his or her skills and perspectives.

0099. Honors Projects in Horticulture (1 - 3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair and instructor.

For exceptional students interested in pursuing independent, in-depth study. Credits based on the quantity and quality of work fulfilling the established course outline.

Upper Division Courses

0107. Woody Plants I (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of botany and horticulture.

The study of native and introduced trees, shrubs, and vines that are the foundation of our natural and designed landscapes with emphasis on identification, culture, association in plant communities, and appropriate use.

0108. Woody Plants II (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107.

The study of trees, shrubs, and vines in natural and designed landscapes with emphasis on identification, seasonal characteristics, culture, appropriate use, and association in plant communities.

0109. Arboriculture (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107.

Basic biology and care of trees; diagnosis of common pest, disease, mechanical, nutritional, and environmental problems. Types and use of proper equipment for climbing, pruning, maintenance, and structural requirements. Professional training includes insurance, liability, tree evaluation, job estimates, tree inventories, record keeping, and working with municipalities and community groups.

0171. Advanced Plant Materials (3 s.h.) SS.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107,0108, and 0201; or permission of instructor.

Advanced studies in woody and herbaceous plants, including identification of less commonly used material, late spring and summer aspects of garden design, maintenance, and restoration. Practical aspects of this course include weekly field trips, actual garden seed sowing, and garden maintenance.

0201. Herbaceous Plants I (3 s.h.) F.

The identification, culture, and appropriate designs for native and cultivated annuals, perennials, bulbs, and wildflowers; collaboration with nature in designing and maintaining ecologically sound gardens.

0202. Herbaceous Plants II (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0201.

Topics include: identification, culture, and creation of environmentally appropriate designs for native and cultivated annuals, perennials, herbs, and roses; cost analysis; designing and maintaining ecologically sound gardens.

0203. Greenhouse Management (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: Botany C101 or permission of instructor.

The environmental management of the greenhouse using cost-efficient methods, labor-saving procedures, and modern building materials, methods, and mechanization techniques. Growing plants in the greenhouse is part of the laboratory experience. Identification of greenhouse-grown plant materials and field trips to innovative local growers are also components of the course.

0204. Greenhouse Production (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0203.

Considers scheduling greenhouse crop production and cultural requirements of several major floricultural plants, finished plants, liners and plugs, including the latest cultivars used in urban nursery/garden centers. Identification of greenhouse grown plant material and field trips to innovative growers are also components of the course.

C236. Soils (3 s.h.) F S. Core: SB.

Prerequisite: Chemistry C061 - C063, or Geology C050, or permission of the instructor.

The physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils are examined, considering water/mineral, organism/air relationships. Soil morphology, classification, genesis, and geographic distribution are studied. An understanding of soil horizon from textbook to actual site soil pits is developed.

0252. Equipment Maintenance (3 s.h.)

This course covers proper operation, repair, and normal maintenance procedures for motorized equipment, including tractors, mowers, tillers, shredders, sprayers, chain saws, and hand-held trimmers and blowers.

0275. Directed Studies in Horticulture (1 - 3 s.h.) F S.

Specialized topics from various areas of horticulture in which individuals will work independently and be supervised by a faculty member.

0285. Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture I (1 s.h.) F.

Study and discussion of significant topics and problems in horticulture and landscape architecture.

0286. Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture II (2 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0285.

Continuation of Horticulture 0285. Students complete the study started in the Fall semester.

0301. Plant Propagation (3 s.h.) S.

Principles and practices of sexual and asexual methods of propagation, including micropropagation.

0305. Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (3 s.h.) F.

Utilizing horticulture for those who are mentally or physically challenged, the elderly, substance abusers, and those confined to correctional facilities. To help individuals function and integrate better, therapists are trained to work with total health-care teams, physicians, other therapists, and social agencies.

0306. Horticultural Therapy Skills (3 s.h.) S.

Horticulture skills for use in therapy programs. Topics include: plant materials, herbs, flower drying and plant preservation, wild edibles, holiday decorations, light gardening, topiary, garbage gardening, terrariums and dish gardens, wheelchair gardening, and activities for the blind.

Mode: Lectures and workshops.

0310. Landscape Restoration (3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107 and 0108.

Develops an ecologically based understanding of how to establish, restore, and manage meadows, forest, and wetland systems. Emphasizes natural processes and integrating the built landscape with our natural systems, and also explores plant communities and wildlife habitats of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Students participate in the management of natural landscapes on the Ambler campus and nearby parkland.

0311. Landscape Management (3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107 and 0108.

Develops an understanding of issues of professional, innovative, and appropriate landscape management. Major focus is given to site analysis, pruning, nutrition, water management, and other maintenance techniques. Also stresses business management, pricing, bidding, specifications, and contracts.

0317. Food Crops I (3 s.h.) S.

An introductory course in the philosophy, approach, and technical systems utilized in sustainable food production, handling, and distribution in urban and suburban areas. A hands-on laboratory is integral to the course.

0318. Food Crops II (3 s.h.) F.

A Fall semester continuation of the study of sustainable food crop production, handling, preparation, and distribution. Includes hands-on student involvement.

0325. Internship (1 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: At least sophomore status in the Horticulture B.S. program.

A minimum of one semester or 350 hours of employment is required in an area related to the student's horticultural field of interest. Should provide a meaningful work experience.

Note: The internship should be taken between the sophomore and junior years.

0339. Applied Entomology (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107-0108, or permission of instructor.

In lecture and laboratory, students learn the basic diagnostic skills for identifying pest problems. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is emphasized as the approach for managing pests of plants grown in stressful environments.

0340. Applied Plant Pathology (3 s.h.) S.

Through lecture and laboratory work, examines infectious causes of plant disease (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and plant parasites), as well as environmental stresses, pollution, pesticide injury, and nutritional imbalances. Emphasizes important diagnostic skills for determining these causes and current methods for managing problems (Integrated Pest Management).

0342. Flower Shop Management (3 s.h.) F. $.

The business management of the retail flower shop; design of unusual floral displays; handling flowers, plants, and accessories; and making corsages, sprays, bouquets, and wedding decorations.

0350. Introduction to Public Horticulture (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Introduction to principles of horticultural management and administration in the public realm. Examines the activities of botanic gardens and societies, arboreta, zoos, community garden groups, and parks departments. Covers the basic principles of botanic garden management, plant curatorship, collection care, public education, facility design, business management, and long-range planning.

Note: Designed for students considering a career in public horticulture and those already associated with non-profit institutions who would like to learn more about the field.

0351. Designing with Perennials (3 s.h.)

Perennial designs are not solely dependent on plant material selection and placement. They also involve an understanding of the site, an appreciation for the construction process, respect for adjacent areas, maintenance concerns, and client desires. Explores the issues that make perennial gardens effective.

0352. Nursery Operation, Management, and Production Techniques (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107 - 0108.

Includes an overview of the nursery industry and examines the management and operation of wholesale and retail nurseries, and the production of plants in both container and field-grown conditions.

0354. Turf Management (3 s.h.) F.

The establishment and maintenance of turf grasses under varying soil and environmental conditions- particularly urban situations- and the identification of species and newer strains of grasses and their appropriate uses. Stresses an environmental approach to lawn maintenance and the responsible use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

0356. Interior Plantscaping (3 s.h.)

Explores the culture and use of foliage and flowering plants indoors, management of the interior environment for plants, plant identification, and business practices for interior plantscapers.

0361. Tree Pathology (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0340 or arboriculture experience is strongly recommended.

A study of tree health and management. Infectious and noninfectious diseases of shade trees are studied in lecture and in-depth field trips. Emphasizes the effects of urban stress, economically important diseases, and complex tree declines.

0381. Art of Floral Design II (3 s.h.) S. $.

Prerequisite: Horticulture C080.

Applies the philosophy of the relationships of nature and creativity to commercial design and compositions for home and exhibition. Also engages students in further study and experimentation in assembling plant materials and found objects indigenous to classical styles as well as considering the influences of avant-garde design from the art world.

0382. Art of Floral Design III (3 s.h.) SS. $.

Prerequisite: Horticulture 0381.

Deeper exploration of the principles of composition and the study of symbolism, periods, and movements of design, as well as construction with plant materials, found objects, lighting, and other media.

W395. Senior Seminar (3 s.h.) F. Core: WI.

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Students use their entire college experience to focus, analyze, understand, and provide appropriate solutions to specific horticulture problems. Each student must write and present an in-depth research paper.

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