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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2009-2010
Last updated 10/20/2009


05731/Horticulture (HORT)

Lower Division Courses

1001. Fundamentals of Horticulture (2 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: HORT 0015.)

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

Note: Horticulture 1001 (0015), unless it is the studentís first Landscape Architecture/ Horticulture course or part of a successful credit certificate, is not applicable toward degree credit.

1211. Woody Plants I (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HORT 0107.)

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.

1212. Woody Plants II (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HORT 0108.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1211 (0107).

Continuation of 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.

1555. Equipment Maintenance (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0252.)

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.

1566. Horticulture Business Management (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0062.)

Prerequisite: Math 0701 (0045) or higher level.

Emphasis on managerial philosophies and responsibilities including: ethics; development of staff; problem solving; scheduling; budgets; tax laws; personnel recruiting and networking; public relations and marketing; reading specifications and blueprints; estimating and bidding; and writing business plans.

1651. Art of Floral Design I (3 s.h.) F S. RCI: AR. $.

(Formerly: HORT C080.)

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 otherís work. Also considers traditions of floral design as it has been practiced in Eastern and Western cultures.

Note: This course can be used to satisfy the university Core Arts (AR) requirement. Although it may be usable towards graduation as a major requirement or university elective, it cannot be used to satisfy any of the university GenEd requirements. See your advisor for further information.

1652. Art of Floral Design II (3 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: HORT 0381.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1651 (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.

Upper Division Courses

2114. Soils (3 s.h.) S. RCI: SB.

(Formerly: HORT C236.)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1021/1023 (C061/C063), EES/Geology 1001 (C050), or Botany 1111 (C101), 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.

Note: This course can be used to satisfy the university Core Science & Technology Second Level (SB) requirement. To determine if this course in combination with another course can satisfy the GenEd Science & Technology requirement, see your advisor.

2221. Herbaceous Plants I (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HORT 0201.)

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.

2222. Herbaceous Plants II (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HORT 0202.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 2221 (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.

2256. Interior Plantscaping (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0356.)

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.

2323. Greenhouse Management (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HORT 0203.)

Prerequisite: Botany 1111 (C101) or permission of instructor.

Introduces the basic concepts and principles utilized in greenhouse operation and management. Centers on topics such as greenhouse structure, environmental control, substrate, fertilization, watering, light and temperature, pest and disease control, growth control, and post production management. Focuses on managing the greenhouse environment to maximize the productivity of crops and examines the latest trends in the greenhouse industry.

2324. Plant Propagation (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HORT 0301.)

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

2334. Food Crops I (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HORT 0317.)

An introductory hands-on course in sustainable food production, handling, and distribution of crops. Food tasting is an integral part of this course.

2353. Food Crops II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0318.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 2334 (0317) or permission of instructor.

A continuation of Food Crops I with special emphasis on Community Supported (Sustainable) Agriculture (CSAs), food co-ops, farmersí markets, and restaurants.

2356. Greenhouse Production (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0204.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 2323 (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.

2366. Nursery Operation, Management, and Production Techniques (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0352.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1211 (0107) and 1212 (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.

2555. Arboriculture (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0109.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1211 (0107).

Basic biology and care of trees; diagnosis of common pests, diseases, 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.

2565. Turf Management (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0354.)

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

2575. Introduction to Public Horticulture (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0350.)

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.

2653. Art of Floral Design III (3 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: HORT 0382.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1652 (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.

2655. Flower Shop Management (3 s.h.) $.

(Formerly: HORT 0342.)

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.

2666. Designing with Perennials (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0351.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 2221 (0201), or permission of the instructor.

Perennial designs involve an understanding of the site, respect for adjacent areas, maintenance concerns, and client desires. Studentís knowledge of herbaceous plants is used as a basis for developing creative, ecologically sensitive design solutions.

2753. Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0305.)

Definition and history of Horticultural Therapy (HT). Presentation of HT programs, such as social, therapeutic and vocational. HT population types are discussed including physically and developmentally disabled, older adults, children, visually impaired, incarcerated populations, and those in healthcare settings. Design of therapeutic spaces, garden design characteristics, universal design and site assessment. Overview of the profession.

2754. Horticultural Therapy Skills (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0306.)

Developing horticulture skills and techniques for use in therapy programs for diverse client populations. HT programming to include: setting goals and objectives; assessment and evaluation; use of adaptive tools and devices; use of plant materials and supplies for HT programs.

Mode: Lectures and workshops.

2755. Horticultural Therapy Program Management (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: HORT 2753 (0305) or 2754 (0306).

Examines Horticultural Therapy programs and the impact of gardening, plants, and nature on diverse client populations. Site visits to local facilities. Research into funding sources, writing proposals for programs, developing program budgets, and grant writing.

2850. Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture I (1 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0285.)

Study of topics and problems in horticulture, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Note: Students may obtain a description of the current version at the department office and in the schedule of classes. This course may be repeated for credit.

2860. Special Topics in Horticulture/Landscape Architecture II (2 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0286.)

Study of topics and problems in horticulture, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Note: Students may obtain a description of the current version at the department office and in the schedule of classes. This course may be repeated for credit.

2870. Special Topics (1 to 3 s.h.)

Variable offerings from semester to semester of selected topics not part of the regular listing of courses. The topic can be in an area of specialization of a faculty member or an examination of a current development in the field.

Note: Students may obtain a description of the current version at the department office and in the schedule of classes. This course may be repeated for credit.

2881. Cooperative Education (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: HORT 0098.)

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.

2883. Directed Studies in Horticulture (1 to 3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: HORT 0275.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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

2982. Honors Projects in Horticulture (1 to 3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: HORT 0099.)

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.

3256. Advanced Plant Materials (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0171.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1211 (0107), 1212 (0108), and 2221 (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.

3423. Applied Entomology (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HORT 0339.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1211 (0107) and 1212 (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.

3424. Applied Plant Pathology (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HORT 0340.)

Prerequisite: Botany 1111 (C101) or permission of the instructor.

Explores plant pathological theories and practices. The causes of plant diseases, such as fungi, bacteria, virus, nematodes, plant parasites, as well as environmental stresses, also are examined. Diagnostic skills for determining causes and current management measures are highlighted through lectures and laboratory work. Prepares students to solve horticultural pathology problems.

3456. Tree Pathology (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0361.)

Prerequisite: Botany 1111 (C101) or arboriculture experience is strongly recommended.

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

3514. Landscape Restoration (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HORT 0310.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1211 (0107) and 1212 (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.

3523. Landscape Management (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HORT 0311.)

Prerequisite: Horticulture 1211 (0107) and 1212 (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.

3882. Independent Study (1 to 3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HORT 0398.)

Prerequisite: Agreement by faculty member to supervise studentís work.

Explorative study or research not met in any established course. Initiated by the student, the project must be sponsored by a faculty member with an approved agreement outlining the content and requirements, including readings, meetings, and papers.

Note: Special authorization required for all students. Students must have the agreement of a faculty sponsor and must submit a formal proposal to this faculty member and Department before registering for the course.

3885. Internship (1 s.h.)

(Formerly: HORT 0325.)

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 studentís horticultural field of interest. Should provide a meaningful work experience.

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

3886. Edinburgh Exchange Program (1 to 18 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: HORT 0375.)

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Landscape Architecture or Horticulture major (or other appropriate major), with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, must submit a formal application, including a portfolio and a statement of goals, to the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.

This exchange program is available to undergraduate students at Temple University majoring in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Architecture, or Art and to undergraduate students enrolled in the five-year Landscape Architecture degree program in the School of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)/Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. One to two students participate each period (ECA students attend Temple for one semester and Temple students attend ECA for one quarter), and the exchange is on a one-student-for-one-student basis.

Note: Temple students must apply by September 30 for Spring semester and March 31 for Fall semester. Temple exchange participants must follow the normal procedure for study abroad approvals and pre-approvals of courses. All students must be enrolled for at least 12 s.h. and must pay tuition and any applicable fees to their home institution.

4896. Senior Seminar (3 s.h.) F. RCI: WI. $.

(Formerly: HORT W395.)

Prerequisite: Senior status.

Using a broad range of critical thinking skills derived from previous course experiences, students write and present an in-depth research paper on a horticultural topic. In preparation for graduation, students develop a cover letter, resume, and curriculum vitae and discuss professional internships.

Note: Fulfills the capstone writing intensive requirement for the B.S. in Horticulture.
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