• Horticulture (HOR)

    HOR-111 : Horticulture Practicum/Fall

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Practical experience with seasonal horticulture activities in the areas of container and field nurseries, greenhouses, landscape management and organic food production. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-112 : Horticulture Career Exploration

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course is a survey of the various career options available to students in the horticulture industry, with emphasis on nursery and greenhouse production, retail nursery, organic fruit and vegetable production, and landscape maintenance/installation. Includes field trips to local businesses. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-113 : Organic Farming Practicum/Fall

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Essential organic farming practices, including seasonal activities such as crop rotation, cover cropping, four-season production strategies, edible crop planting, pest management, and tool and equipment operations. Field trips to area farms included. Class lecture, field trips, and lab are essential components of this course. This format has been selected to create a hands-on experience for each student in seasonal crop production. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-114 : Garden Design

    [ Not Offered Every Year | 1 - credits ]

    Introductory course for students to gain understanding and skills in the area of planning landscape garden areas, including drawing skills to express ornamental garden schemes.

    HOR-115 : Horticulture Safety

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Overview of safe practices in the horticulture workplace which will reduce the chance for accidents and injuries.

    HOR-120 : Pesticide Laws & Safety

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Plant protection methods for weed, insect or disease control. Laws and regulations related to safety, handling and storage of pesticides. Techniques for product selection, including chemical and non-chemical options, applicator safety and environmental protection included. Prepare and test for the Oregon Pesticide Laws & Safety exam.

    HOR-122 : Greenhouse Crops-Potted Plants

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Environmental influences on plant growth, crop scheduling, greenhouse structures and equipment. Emphasis on foliage and flowering potted plant production. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-123 : Landscape Maintenance

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Principles and practices of sustainable landscape maintenance, plant growth and development, soil-water-fertilizer management, pruning, turf, pest control, diagnosis of problems in trees and shrubs, and maintenance scheduling. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-124 : Food Harvest

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course provides a basic knowledge of aspects of harvesting, handling, storing and marketing of produce from small-scale, organic operations. Topics include food safety laws and practices, harvest and storage requirements for a variety of crops, factors that impact quality and storage ability, and post-harvest biology. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-125 : Food Production in the Willamette Valley

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Exploration of historical, ethical, practical and scientific aspects of food production systems with a focus on the economic, social and environmental impacts of food and farming. Strengths and weakness of the agricultural system over time will be examined.

    HOR-126 : Landscape Water Features

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Methods used in building water features with emphasis placed on design, material selection, construction and maintenance considerations. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-127 : Landscape Lighting

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Methods used with lighting in the residential landscape, with emphasis placed on design, material selection, installation and maintenance considerations. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-128 : Landscape Stones & Pavers

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Methods used in building walls, patios and walkways out of stones and pavers, with an emphasis placed on design, material selection, construction and maintenance considerations. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-129 : Landscape Decks & Fences

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Methods used in building wood fences and decking with emphasis placed on design, material selection, construction and maintenance considerations. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-130 : Plant Propagation Theory

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Covers plant anatomy and reproduction techniques of plants from seed, cuttings, grafting, division, and micro-propagation. Offers an in-depth overview of propagation systems that may be selected.

    HOR-131 : Tree & Shrub Pruning

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Emphasis on dormant pruning of fruiting and ornamental plants. Pruning and training techniques for grapes, fruit trees, and both evergreen and deciduous ornamental trees and shrubs. Basic woody plant anatomy, growth, and development. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-133 : Horticulture Practicum/Winter

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Practical experience with seasonal horticultural activities in the areas of container and field nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape management. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-134 : Herb Growing & Gardening

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Study of herb plant propagation and garden use. Garden culture and design are covered.

    HOR-135 : Propagation of Edible Plants

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Reproduce food plants using a variety of methods, including seed, cutting and grafting techniques. Instruction will focus on methods suitable for sustainable farm operations. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-136 : Organing Farming Practicum Winter

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Essential organic farming practices, including seasonal activities such as ground preparation, planning for crop production, and irrigation system design and management. Also covers farm business structures, financial management, recordkeeping, and marketing techniques. Field trips to area farms included. Class lecture, field trips, and lab are essential components of this course. This format has been selected to create a hands-on experience for each student in seasonal crop production. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-140 : Soils

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Soil characteristics and management, including nutritional elements and the relationship between the soil and plant growth.

    HOR-141 : Organic Farming Practicum/Spring

    [ Spring Term | 4 - credits ]

    Essential organic farming practices, including seasonal activities such as production of transplants, direct seeding, weed control strategies, building raised beds in the field, equipment operations, and soil, water and fertilizer management. Also covers preparation of the finished crop for market, transportation, display and marketing. Field trips to area farms included. Class lecture, field trips, and lab are essential components of this course. This format has been selected to create a hands-on experience for each student in seasonal crop production. Class includes a lab component

    HOR-142 : Greenhouse Crops/Bedding Plants

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Detailed study of environmental influences on individual crops, their requirements, scheduling, including annual, biennial, and perennial plant production. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-143 : Horticulture Practicum/Spring

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Practical experience with seasonal horticultural activities in the areas of container and field nurseries, greenhouses and landscape management. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-144 : Basic Pruning

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Why and how to prune trees, shrubs, and vines. Covers tools used for various pruning practices. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-145 : Turf Installation & Maintenance

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Installation and maintenance practices for turf grasses commonly used in landscapes. Emphasizes sustainable maintenance practices, installation, irrigation, pest identification and pest control. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-146 : Fruit & Berry Growing

    [ Summer Term | 3 - credits ]

    Regionally appropriate fruit and berry production practices that are suitable for urban areas and small farms. Class will utilize the Home Orchard Society's demonstration orchard located on campus. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-148 : Farm Equipment

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Identification and utilization of small-farm food crop production tools. Emphasis is on tools and techniques which result in high quality crops, efficient use of labor and capital resources, and protection of the natural environment. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-149 : Aquaponics

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Aquaponics is a food production system that combines aquaculture with hydroponics. A variety of systems will be evaluated, so students can decide which is most appropriate for their scale, interests, and intentions. Topics include greenhouse environment, system components, fish species selection and health, water quality management, vegetable crops selection, and how to meet the nutritional needs of plants with fish waste. This class includes a lab component.

    HOR-180 : Career Development Internship

    [ Not Offered Every Year | 1 - 12 credits ]

    The internship is an opportunity to develop entry-level skills in a specific occupational area and to practice the basic career management skills necessary to obtain, sustain, and advance employment. A Training and Evaluation plan is developed and managed in consultation with the student, internship supervisor, and faculty. This course is not applicable towards Horticulture AAS degree.

    HOR-211 : Native Plant Identification

    [ Summer Term | 1 - credits ]

    Identification and use of plants native to the Pacific Northwest and the use of plant keys.

    HOR-212 : Flower Arranger's Garden/Fall

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Learn to identify and use organic methods to grow fall season plants which are suitable for use as cut flowers and foliage. Includes basic floral design and visits to local cutting gardens. Ideal for garden designers, home gardeners, and growers of commercial cutting gardens. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-213 : Computer-Aided Landscape Design

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Develop skills with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software for creating landscape designs. Practice techniques utilized in common CAD programs used in the landscape industry. Class includes a lab component. Prerequisites: Pass CS-091 or placement in CS-120; and pass HOR-229.

    HOR-215 : Herbaceous Perennials

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    The identification, propagation, selection and garden culture as well as individual attributes of herbaceous perennial plants, including the evolution of perennial garden design and current gardening styles. Class includes a lab component. Oregon State University transfer course.

    HOR-216 : Integrated Pest Management

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Learn the components of, and develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan for landscape, nursery, greenhouse or agricultural industries. The plan will incorporate pest detection, control practices and an evaluation of effectiveness.

    HOR-220 : Plant Propagation/Fall

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Proper techniques for reproducing plants from seeds, cuttings, and grafting. Emphasis on seasonal plant production. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-222 : Horticultural Computer Applications

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Utilizes database, spreadsheet, word processing, PowerPoint, social media and other computer programs for record keeping and management and marketing for horticulture businesses. Prerequisite: Pass CS-091 or placement in CS-120.

    HOR-223 : Horticulture Science

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    An overview of the practical aspects of plant growth and development, classification systems, plant breeding and environmental factors that impact plant growth. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-224 : Landscape Installation

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Materials and practices in landscape installation, including plan reading, materials take-off, estimating, bidding, scheduling, grading, construction materials, and plant installation. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-225 : Principles of Arboriculture

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Management of trees in landscape, including residential, commercial, and urban settings. Follows course materials prepared by the International Society of Arboriculture. Students study the value of trees, including ways that trees enhance the physical, aesthetic, economic, and psychological experiences of people. Prepares students for the ISA Certified Arborist Exam.

    HOR-226 : Plant Identification/Fall

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Identification of deciduous trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, including their cultural requirements in the landscape. Class includes a lab component. Oregon State University transfer course.

    HOR-227 : Plant Identification/Winter

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Identification of conifers and broadleaved evergreens, shrubs, and groundcovers, including their cultural requirements in the landscape. Class includes lab component. Oregon State University transfer course.

    HOR-228 : Plant Identification/Spring

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Identification of flowering trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, including their cultural requirements in the landscape. Class includes a lab component. Oregon State University transfer course.

    HOR-229 : Introduction to Landscape Design

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction to landscape planning, including basic drafting skills, grading, drainage, and site planning. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-230 : Equipment Operation & Maintenance

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Selection, operation, and maintenance of power driven machines, such as mowers, rototillers, chain saws, edgers, sprayers, tractors, and related equipment for nursery and landscape applications. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-231 : Irrigation & Drainage Design

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Principles of irrigation and drainage system design for various situations, including underground and aboveground, residential and commercial systems. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-232 : Commercial Floral Design

    [ Not Offered Every Year | 3 - credits ]

    Present design techniques, used by florists today, to create naturalistic centerpieces, corsages, and gift arrangements using fresh flowers. Cut flower conditioning and handling, wedding and sympathy design, and sales strategies will also be covered.

    HOR-234 : Intermediate Landscape Design

    [ Not Offered Every Year | 3 - credits ]

    Further skill development in drawing, site analysis, and design, including two, three, and four dimensional design concepts. Graphic exercises and model making skills will be included as well as the study of creative and practical solutions for various site and program requirements of commercial and residential landscape sites. Class includes a lab component. Prerequisite: Pass HOR-229.

    HOR-235 : Weed Identification

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Identification and life cycles of weeds commonly found in landscapes and nurseries.

    HOR-236 : Insect Identification

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Develop skills to identify common insects which are important in greenhouse/nursery production, landscapes and food production.

    HOR-237 : Disease Identification

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Identification of ornamental plant diseases which occur in greenhouses, landscapes, nurseries and farms.

    HOR-239 : Tree Climber Training

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    The safe use of rope and saddle tree climbing procedures will be covered through lecture, discussion, and field practice. For beginner to moderately experienced climbers. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-240 : Irrigation and Drainage Practices

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Materials, equipment, and methods used to install irrigation and drainage systems in landscape areas. Emphasis on home lawns, gardens, and larger areas. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-241 : Nursery Management

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Essentials of nursery practices, including containers and field growing practices, crop scheduling, management, and marketing.

    HOR-242 : Plant Propagation/Spring

    [ Not Offered Every Year | 3 - credits ]

    Proper techniques for reproducing plants from cuttings, division, micropropagation and budding. Emphasis on seasonal plant production. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-244 : Environmental Landscape Design

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Overview of landscape design features that will benefit the natural environment, provide habitat for wildlife and require minimal inputs of energy, water and other materials. Includes basic design concepts, terminology and techniques, as well as ideas for marketing of sustainable designs. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-246 : Organic Farming and Gardening

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Overview of the fundamental principles and practices of organic fruit and vegetable production in the Pacific Northwest. Class includes a lab component. Oregon State University Transfer course.

    HOR-248 : Flower Arranger's Garden/Spring

    [ Not Offered Every Year | 3 - credits ]

    Learn to identify and use organic methods to grow spring season plants which are suitable for use as cut flowers and foliage. Includes basic floral design and visits to local cutting gardens. Ideal for garden designers, home gardeners, and florists. Class includes a lab component.

    HOR-250 : Western Herbs

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course introduces students to herbs, some of which may be grown locally. Instruction will focus on the components of herbs and uses of each specific herb.

    HOR-251 : Herbal Products

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Instruction in making herbal teas, skin lotion, tincture, infused oil, vinegar, spritzers and herbal mixes. Further instruction in what specific ingredients to use, how to use them properly, and why each is important. This class includes a lab component.

    HOR-252 : Kitchen Herbs

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Instruction will focus on how to use common herbs and spices in a variety of edible forms. Includes a lab component.

    HOR-262 : Aerial Treework Practicum I

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Experience with the implementation of basic requirements, equipment and techniques employed by arborists who work aloft. Covers personal protective equipment, safe operation, and common cutting techniques in accordance with current industry standards. Students operate chainsaws in a variety of field exercises, and will gain exposure to other pieces of industry equipment, such as chipper, truck and trailer, and aerial lift. Students will participate as members of a crew, gaining introductory experience in tree pruning, rigging, hardware installation, electrical hazard awareness, aerial rescue, ground work, and work site management. Class is a lab.

    HOR-284 : Organic Farming - Campus Farm/CWE

    [ Summer Term | 3 - credits ]

    Experiential learning of organic farming techniques, while working on the Campus Farm. Students learn ecological and sustainable practices, principles and management strategies, and will participate in marketing the produce. Students may enroll in course after completing nine credits of Organic Farming courses. Class includes a lab component. Corequisite: CWE-281 seminar. Required: Instructor consent. Students are expected to work a minimum of 108 job site hours.