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C101. General Botany (4 s.h.) (SA) FS
The importance of plants. A survey of vascular plant structure and diversity, fundamentals of plant ecology and geography, and the impact of people on plant communities.
0102. Plant Ecology (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Botany C101.
Structure and function of plants as related to their fit to the environment: interaction of plants with each other and the rest of their environment through study of natural and artificial systems, including wetlands, meadows, forests, deserts, disturbed sites, and managed landscapes.
0201. Plant Genetic and Breeding (4 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Botany C101 or equivalent and Chemistry C062-C064 or equivalent.
Introduction to classical, biochemical, and population genetics of plants, and principles and techniques of plant improvement. Qualitative and quantitative inheritance, selection in self- and cross-pollinated crops and asexually pollinated crops, hybridization, polyploidy, chimeras, and genetic engineering.
C203. Plant Physiology (4 s.h.) (SB) FS
Prerequisite: Botany C101 and Chemistry C061-C063, or Biology C083-C084.
Emphasis is placed on the relationship between structure and biochemical/biophysical functioning. Recent developments in the field of plant physiology is included, especially in the areas of stress physiology. Stress factors such as light, water, temperature, and soil conditioning are related to plant growth and development.
0204. Applied Plant Physiology (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Botany C101 and C203, and Chemistry C061-C063, C062-C064.
Comparative study of plant functions in stressed and unstressed environments; development of ecologically sound approaches to stress-related problems, particularly those of the urban environment.
302. Plant Taxonomy (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Botany C101 or permission of instructor.
Systematic botany. Identification, classification and nomenclature based on analysis of plant structure, genetics, physiology and ecology.
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0015. Fundamentals of Horticulture (2 s.h.) FS
For degree credit only if taken as first horticulture course. Principles of horticultural science; basic techniques of horticulture, including soil management, plant propagation, selection and maintenance of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plants and landscape design.
0019. Sustainable Food Crops III (3 s.h.) 1SS
Practical experience in the planning, planting, growing, and harvesting of fruits and vegetables. A sustainable, environmentally-based approach is emphasized throughout this course. Equipment operation is also part of the hands-on, applied learning.
0050. The Use of Computers in Horticulture (1 s.h.) FS
Introduction to DOS, Windows, word processing, Lotus or Excel, a graphics package, and computer assisted design (CAD). Students proficient in all areas may test out of the course, and take a HORT/LA elective in its place.
0062. Horticulture Business Management (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Required math course(s).
Developing a business plan: establishing business records; balancing and forecasting budgets; financial records; business and tax laws; personnel-recruiting, training, and retaining staff; employer's responsibilities; marketing; ethics; managing loans and credit; estimating, contracting, and bidding.
0073. Herbaceous Plants III (3 s.h.) 1SS
Prerequisite: Horticulture 02010202. Field trips, including two all day trips, required.
Late spring and summer aspects of the garden, emphasizing design, maintenance, and identification. Practice in planting the annual garden, including direct seed sowing and garden maintenance procedures.
C080. Art of Floral Design I. (3 s.h.) (AR) 1SSFS
$50.00 laboratory fee.
A lecture-studio course in which students will 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. The traditions of floral design as it has been practiced in Eastern and Western cultures.
0098. Cooperative Education (3 s.h.) SS
Permission of department required for enrollment.
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.) FS
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.
0107. Woody Plants I (3 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of botany and horticulture. Lab is required.
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. Lab is required.
The study of trees, shrubs, and vines in natural and designed landscapes with emphasis on identification, culture, appropriate use, and association in plant communities.
0109. Arboriculture (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107.
Basic biology and physiology of trees; common pest, disease, mechanical, nutritional, and environmental problems. Types and use of proper equipment for pruning, maintenance, structural requirements, pesticide safety, and application. Professional requirements: insurance, liability, tree evaluation, job estimates, employee training and management, record keeping.
0201. Herbaceous Plants I (3 s.h.) F
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.
Identification, culture, and 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
Prerequisites: Horticulture 0201-0202 or permission of instructor.
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; field trips to innovative local growers.
0204. Greenhouse Production (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Horticulture 0203.
Scheduling greenhouse crop production, cultural requirements of several major floricultural plants, including the latest cultivars used in urban nursery/garden centers; identification of greenhouse grown plant material; field trips to innovative growers.
C236. Soils (3 s.h.) (SB) FS
Prerequisite: Chemistry C061-C063 or Geology C050.
The physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils are examined in light of water/mineral, organism/air relationships. Soil morphology, classification, genesis, and geographic distribution will be studied. An understanding of soil horizon from textbook to actual site soil pits will be developed. Use of soil surveys emphasized.
0252. Equipment Maintenance (3 s.h.) S
Proper operation, repair, and normal maintenance procedures for motorized equipment, including tractors, mowers, tillers, shredders, sprayers, chain saws, and hand-held trimmers and blowers.
0301. Plant Propagation (3 s.h.) S
Sexual and asexual methods of propagation, including micropropagation, emphasizing use of the best plants for stressful urban environments.
0305. Horticulture Therapy (3 s.h.) F
Utilizing horticulture for those who are mentally or physically impaired, the elderly, substance abusers, and those confined to penal institutions. To help these people function and integrate better, therapists are trained to work with total health-care teams, physicians, other therapists, and social agencies.
0306. Therapy Skills (2 s.h.) SS
Horticulture skills for use in therapy programs. 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. Lectures and workshops.
0310. Landscape Management/Restoration (3 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107 and 0108.
This course develops an ecologically-based understanding of how to establish, restore, and manage meadows, forest, and wetland systems. Focus is be given to natural processes, major planting patterns, as well as plant communities and wildlife habitats. Students participate in the management of natural landscapes on the Ambler Campus and nearby parkland.
0311. Landscape Techniques (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisites: Horticulture 0107 and 0108.
This course seeks to develop an understanding of issues which lead to innovative and appropriate landscape installation and management techniques for both cultured and disturbed sites. Major focus is given to site analysis, plant selection, handling, installation, pruning, soil and plant protection during construction, and site maintenance techniques.
0317. Sustainable 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. Sustainable Food Crops II (3 s.h.) F
A fall continuation of the sustainable food crop production, handling, preparation and distribution approach also continuing the hands-on student involvement.
0325. Internship (1 s.h.)
Prerequisite: At least sophomore status in the Horticulture B.S. program.
Should be taken between sophomore and junior years. A minimum of one semester or 350 hours of employment is required in an area related to the student's horticultural field of interest, providing a meaningful work experience.
0339. Applied Entomology (3 s.h.) FSS
Prerequisite: Horticulture 0107-0108 or permission of instructor.
In lecture and lab, 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.) FS
In lecture and laboratory, infectious causes of plant disease (fungi, bacteria, viruses, mycoplasmas, nematodes, and plant parasites), as well as environmental stresses, pollution, pesticide injury, and nutritional imbalances are examined. Important diagnostic skills for determining these causes, and current methods for managing problems (Integrated Pest Management) are learned.
0342. Flower Shop Management (3 s.h. ) FS
A $50 laboratory fee.
Business management of the retail flower shop, as well as design of unusual floral displays; handling flowers, plants, and accessories; making corsages, sprays, bouquets, and wedding decorations.
0350. Introduction to Public Horticulture (3 s.h.) Offered in
even years only
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
An introduction to principles of horticultural management and administration in the public realm. this course will examine the activities of botanic gardens and societies, arboreta, zoos, community garden groups, and parks departments. It will cover the basic principles of botanic garden management, plant curatorship, collection care, public education, facility design, business management, and long range planning. This course is 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.) 1SS
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. This course exposes the issues that make perennial gardens effective. Credits are not applicable to the Summer Session requirement of the Associate degree program.
0352. Nursery Operation, Management, and Production Techniques
(3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Botany 0102 and Horticulture 0107-0108.
This course includes an overview of the nursery industry and examines the management and operation of wholesale and retail nurseries, the production of plants in both container and field-grown conditions.
0354. Turf Management (3 s.h.) F
Establishment and maintenance of turf grasses under varying soil and environmental conditions, particularly urban situations; identification of species and newer strains of grasses and their appropriate uses. This course stresses an environmental approach to lawn maintenance and the responsible use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
0356. Interior Plantscaping (3 s.h.)
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.
0358. Nursery/Garden Center Management (3 s.h.) F
Location and layout of nurseries and garden centers, management of plants in nursery beds, fields, and containers, business practices, including marketing and merchandising, current trends in nursery economics, nursery regulations, and plant patents.
0361. Tree Pathology (3 s.h.) F
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 on field trips. Emphasis is placed on urban stress, timely and economically important diseases, and complex tree declines.
0381. Art of Floral Design II (3 s.h.) FS
Prerequisite: Horticulture C080. $50.00 laboratory fee.
An expansion of the philosophy of the relationships of nature and creativity applicable to commercial design and compositions for home and exhibition. Further study and experimentation in assembling of plant materials and found objects indigenous to classical styles as well as the influences of avant-garde design from the art world.
0382. Art of Floral Design III (3 s.h.) FS
Prerequisite: Horticulture 0381. $50.00 laboratory fee.
Deeper exploration of the principles of composition and the investigation of symbolism, periods, movements of design, construction and communication with plant materials, found objects, lighting, and other media.
W395. Senior Seminar (1.5 s.h.) FS
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Note: Course must be taken for two semesters, fall and spring, in that order, in any academic year, to earn credits and grade. Course carries a total of 3 s.h.
Use of the 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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0099. Honors Projects (1-3 s.h.) FS
Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson and instructor is required.
For exceptional students interested in pursuing independent, in-depth study. Credits based on the quantity and quality of work fulfilling the established course outline.
0101. Graphic Communications Seminar (1 s.h.) F
To be taken concurrently with LA 103, Graphic Communications Studio.
Lectures, workshops and discussions of techniques and various media used to develop student competence in freehand and mechanical drawing, model construction and rendering techniques.
0102. Landscape Design Seminar (1 s.h.) S
Must be taken concurrently with LA 0104 Landscape Design Studio, and LA 0150, CAD for Studio, and LA 108, Landscape Engineering I.
This seminar will focus on drawing theory, media and convention, as applied to graphic communication in landscape design and architecture. The various drawing styles of a range of landscape architects will be explored.
0103. Graphic Communications Studio (3 s.h.) F
Must be taken concurrently with LA 0101, Graphic Communications Seminar.
A studio drawing course emphasizing development of alternative techniques of graphic presentation, including perspective, freehand sketching, lettering, plan view, sections and elevations.
0104. Landscape Design Studio (3 s.h.) S
Students must take LA 0102 and LA 0150 concurrently.
This studio will address design theory in general, and specifically as applied to landscape design and architecture. The creation of space and form in the landscape through the manipulation of contour, planting, and built elements will be discussed. The work of recognized landscape architects will be studied in reference to design issues.
0108. Landscape Engineering I ( 2 s.h.) S
Must be taken concurrently with LA 0102/0104.
This introductory level course stresses the basic concepts, ideas and techniques that deal with the visual, functional and ecological aspects of grading and landform manipulation.
0124. Landscape Design Process (3 s.h.) S
Combining the elements of spatial design to create gardens and landscapes for real sites. Learning design process: analysis, evaluation, concept and design composition, as well as an introduction to graphic communications.
0150. CAD for Studio (2 s.h.) S
Must be taken concurrently with LA 0120/0104.
Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting using AutoCAD Release 14. Focus on learning the basic commands for drawing in two dimensions. This will include absolute and relative coordinates, working in layers, dimensioning paper and model space, the manipulation of text and plotting/sheet composition. Application of those commands in the generation of a CAD plan of your design project in the Landscape Design Studio. This CAD plan will include both hardscape elements - buildings, steps, walls, and curbs, and plant material.
0152. Introduction to CAD (3 s.h.) S
Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting using AutoCAD Release 14. Focus on learning the basic commands for drawing in two dimensions. This will include absolute and relative coordinates, working in layers, dimensioning paper and model space, the manipulation of text and plotting/sheet composition. Application of those commands in the generation of a landscape plan of part of Temple University Ambler, to include buildings, steps, walls, curbs, a fountain, and plant material.
0154. Advanced CAD (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0150 or 0152.
This will address more advanced concepts in two-dimentional AutoCAD (plan and section-elevation), and will introduce AutoCAD as a three dimensional tool in the generation of perspective drawings. Plotting in color. Landed applications and the use of a digitizer will be included in the course.
0205. Site Planning Seminar (1 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0102/0104. Must be taken concurrently with LA 0207, Site Planning Studio.
The seminar will focus on site planning and design process topics being explored n the studio. Contemporary issues in design as they relate to the form of the modern garden will also be reviewed.
0206. Land Planning Seminar (1 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: LA 0205/0207. Must be taken concurrently with LA 0208, Land Planning Studio.
This lecture series will address the theory of the ecological and cultural site analysis process, case studies on historic and neo-traditionalist planned communities, and the design elements of a sustainable, mixed-use pedestrian oriented village.
0207. Site Planning Studio (5 s.h.) F
Must be taken concurrently with LA 0205.
The focus is on development of the student's comprehension of the design process. Problems will lead students through the design process from inventory and analysis, evaluation of the opportunities and constraints, to development of conceptual ideas that ultimately lead to detailed landscape designs. Projects will challenge the individual's ability to develop clear design concepts and a strong sense of place. Residential-scale projects will explore site design and design process issues.
0208. Land Planning Studio (5 s.h.) S
Must be taken concurrently with LA 0206, Land Planning Seminar.
Large-scale rural natural, cultural and resource analysis, community planning and design concepts, and land use planning strategies leading to a master plan for a village-scale new community. Use of G.I.S. mapping is integrated into the studio.
0210. Summer Field Ecology (3 s.h.) 1SS
Prerequisite: Botany 0102.
Learn to "read the landscape" through the exploration of the landscape provinces of the Delaware River Basin. Through visiting natural landscapes in each of the sub-regions, one will see how the relationship of geology, soils, hydrology, plant communities, and land use history reveals an understanding of visual characteristics and opportunities and constraints to development and land uses inherent in the natural environment.
0305. Planting Design (4 s.h.) S
Prerequisites: Landscape Architecture 0101/0103 and 0102/0104, and Horticulture 0107/0108.
This course will study processes, plant associations, and individual characteristics, and deals with the integration of plants into the full design process.
0307. Park and Historic Preservation Design Seminar (1 s.h.) F
Prerequisites: Landscape Architecture 0101/0103, 0102/0104, 0205/0207, and 0206/0208.
This seminar will explore the fundamentals of park design and principles of historic restoration. A variety of projects will explore issues relating to scale, program development, and appropriate design solutions, as well as the design process and graphics.
0308. Design /Build Seminar (1 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0307, 0309 and 0311.
The seminar is to be taken concurrently with Landscape Architecture 0312, Design/Build Studio. Discussions and presentations will focus on topics being explored in the studio including construction documentation and the nature and characteristics of materials. The latter portion of the semester will be allocated to construction of selected individual designs on campus, in North Philadelphia, or on local sites.
0309. Landscape Engineering II (3 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Mathematics Core, Landscape Architecture 0101/0103, 0102/0104, 0210.
An introduction to the principles, processes, and techniques of site engineering for soft elements of landscape architecture, based on the understanding and appreciation of ecological principles, functional requirements, and aesthetic considerations. Includes elements of design/engineering such as earth forming, grading, storm water management, earth work calculations, and road design.
0310. Landscape Engineering III (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0309.
Includes the principles, processes, and techniques of site engineering for the hard elements of landscape architecture, such as walls, paving, steps, pools, decks, and storm water management facilities. This course is based on the understanding and appreciation of ecological principles, functional requirements, and aesthetic considerations. Includes elements of design/engineering such as siting buildings, grading, road alignment, and simple structures. Understanding the nature of construction materials and preparation of working drawings are also included.
0311. Park Design/History Studio (5 s.h.) F
To be taken concurrently with LA 0307, Park Design/History Seminar.
The studio project will explore and understand the natural and built patterns of a historical site leading to design concepts for outdoor spaces that are appropriate to their context and setting.
0312. Design/Build Studio (5 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0307, 0309, and 0311. To be taken concurrently with Landscape Architecture 0308, Design/Build Seminar.
The focus of the Design Build Studio is to provide individuals the opportunity to build and implement elements of their own design. Students will prepare the necessary construction documentation and then actually construct their designs. Working with construction materials will enable the student to learn the opportunities and limitations of these materials. This "hands-on" approach is vital to understanding the relationship between design and implementation processes.
W318. Western Traditions of Landscape Architecture (3 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0101/0103 and 0102 or permission of instructor.
A comprehensive overview of western civilizationžs efforts to create useful, beautiful, and symbolic spaces from ancient times until the modern day. Field trips and a research paper are required.
W319. American Traditions of Landscape Architecture (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture W318 or permission of instructor.
An examination of ideas, needs, visions, and values that have shaped both the designed and the common landscapes of America from the colonial period until the early 20th century. Field trips and a research paper are required.
0323. Professional Practice (3 s.h.) FS
The study of ethics, current business practices, contract documentation, bids, cost estimates, specifications, and interdisciplinary relationships. This course seeks to teach the student how to set priorities and manage people and to execute landscape projects.
0325. Internship (1 s.h.)
Prerequisite: At least sophomore status in the landscape architecture program. Should be taken between sophomore and junior years.
A minimum of one semester or 400 hours of employment with a landscape architecture firm, landscape contractor, or in another related field. During the internship, students should test concepts developed in class with real work experience.
W392. Fall Senior Studio (6 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0307/0311, 0308/0312.
Focus on large-scale, complex planning projects dealing with growth management issues and an understanding of all phases of the planning process. The scope of the project will include analysis and evaluation of existing conditions, formulation of expansion or rehabilitation programming, and creation of concept plans leading to a final master plan.
0393. Spring Senior Studio (6 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture 0397.
The final senior studio deals with a variety of projects that may include landscape design projects involving fine arts, urban design, and town planning. Students will be challenged to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the ideas, processes, and concepts throughout the project evolution.
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