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Horticulture Course Offerings



Note: Not all courses are available during all sessions.
Consult the current college catalog for the courses being offered.


HORT 001 • Principles of Horticulture I.
3 hours lecture, 3 hours Lab per week. 4 UNITS.
Identification and use of ornamental plants; culture of landscape plantings; survey of soil properties and fertilizers; morphology of leaves, flowers and fruits; landscape design principles. For basic skills in the horticulture and nursery trade. (Degree Credit)
HORT 002 • Principles of Horticulture II.
3 hours lecture, 3 hours Lab per week. 4 UNITS.
Plant propagation techniques; weed control in the landscape; plant disease-control; responsible and safe use of pesticides and their alternatives; turfgrass management techniques for basic skills in the horticulture and nursery trade. (Degree Credit)
HORT 005 • Basic Landscape Plants.
3 hours lecture per week. 3 UNITS.
The identification of trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous plant material and trees valuable in the landscape. Special emphasis is placed on fall-blooming, broad and narrow-leaf plants. This course is designed for homeowners, non-majors those engaged in the fields of horticulture and landscaping. Not open for transfer credits to majors in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture as a substitute for HORT 160, Plant Identification (Degree Credit)
HORT 006 • Basic Landscape Plants.
3 hours lecture per week. 3 UNITS.
The identification and study of trees, herbaceous plant materials, shrubs and vines of landscape value. Additional plants not covered in Hort 5, with special emphasis on spring-blooming deciduous plants. This course is designed for homeowners, non-majors those engaged in the fields of horticulture and landscaping. Not open for transfer credits to majors in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture as a substitute for HORT161, Plant Identification. (Degree Credit)
HORT 008A • Landscape Pruning Practices.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (6 WEEKS) 1 UNIT.
Principles and practices of the various techniques used to prune and maintain ornamental shrubs, trees, vines, ground covers and fruit trees found in residential and commercial landscapes. Special attention is given to appropriate plant use and maintenance. (Degree Credit)
HORT 008B • Basic Turf Care.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (6 WEEKS) 1 UNIT.
Fundamentals of lawn care for homeowners including planting, fertilization, irrigation, weed control and pest control. Special techniques and equipment used for lawn renovation are also covered. (Degree Credit)
HORT 008C • Home Pest Control.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (6 WEEKS) 1 UNIT.
Fundamentals of pest control for homeowners including identification and control of weeds, insects, vertebrates, arachnids, molluscs and diseases. Special emphasis is given to Integrated Pest Management as a home pest control technique. (Degree Credit)
HORT 010A • Landscape Lighting.
4 hours lecture per week. (8 WEEKS) 2 UNITS.
Principles and practices used in lighting outdoor trees, shrubs, planter beds and living spaces. Emphasis is given to appropriate selection of code-approved low voltage electrical components, wiring and lighting fixtures for residential use. (Degree Credit)
HORT 010B • Landscape Water Features.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (8 WEEKS) 2 UNITS.
Design and installation of landscape water features including ponds, garden streams, fountains and container water gardens. Students learn current construction techniques through an on-site installation. (Degree Credit)
HORT 045 • Pest Control Certification and Safety.
4 hours lecture per week. (9 WEEKS) 2 UNITS.
This course is intended to prepare students to pass the California Department of Food and Agriculture certification examinations for the Qualified Applicators License and Qualified Applicators Certificate and to provide continuing education hours for those already certified. Instruction involves pesticide laws and regulations, pesticide safety, and control of insects, mites, nematodes and other invertebrate pests. (Degree Credit)
HORT 046 • Pesticide Safety for Landscape Workers.
4 hours lecture per week. (9 WEEKS) 2 UNITS.
A course designed to teach pesticide safety to Spanish and English speaking landscape workers. Students learn safe operation of application equipment, pesticide toxicity ratings, methods of exposure ad pesticide labeling along with information about pest and disease life cycles and pest-host relationships. (Degree Credit)
HORT 058 • Irrigation Controller Programming.
3 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (8 WEEKS) 2 UNITS.
This course provides hands-on experience in the fundamentals of programming some of the most popular irrigation controllers available in the industry. Practical situations will be used to show the applications of basic and advanced controller features. A review of various central control computer irrigation systems and field trips to various central control sites are also included. (Degree Credit)
HORT 070 • Volunteer Naturalist Training.
4 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (8 WEEKS) 2.5 UNITS.
A basic ecology course dealing specifically with the ecosystems represented in the wilderness parks and nature preserves of Orange County. Special emphasis will be placed on the natural history, geology and cultural history of our undeveloped areas. Training will also be given in the skills required to lead nature tours in the parks. Assumes no science background. Weekly field trips required. (Degree Credit)
HORT 073 • Landscaping for Wildlife.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (9 WEEKS) 2 UNITS.
A specialized horticulture course dealing specifically with the backyard ecosystem. Special emphasis will be placed on how to create a habitat that will be attractive to birds, butterflies and other desirable animals through design and materials selection, as well as through the use of feeders and other artificial means. The natural history of some of the less conspicuous garden inhabitants will be discussed along with many of the species that can be attracted. Assumes no science background (Degree Credit)
HORT 075 • Habitat Assessment and Restoration.
4 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (8 WEEKS) 2.5 UNITS.
A course designed to introduce students to the ecological theory and practical application of a variety of habitat assessment, restoration and monitoring techniques. Scientific, social and legal aspects of restoration will be discussed. Training will emphasize habitat evaluation and restoration techniques used by industry, governmental agencies and environmental organizations. Weekly field trips will visit and assist assessment and restoration projects. (Degree Credit)
HORT 152 • Applied Botany.
3 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 4 UNITS.
Covers the basic concepts in plant structure and functions. Includes the study of plant growth and development, horticultural practices and an overview of horticulture as a science, an art and an industry. Practical exercises and field trips are part of the LAB work. (Degree Credit)
HORT 153 • Landscape Irrigation.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Covers the principles and practices of installing basic irrigation systems. Includes the study of fittings, piping, valves, backflow-preventers, controllers, sprinklers; basic hydraulics, friction-loss calculations and beginning irrigation design are also covered.
HORT 154 • Irrigation Design.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Prerequisite: HORT153 Landscape Irrigation
Covers the principles and practices of designing residential and small commercial irrigation systems. Component selection and installation, head spacing and location, hydraulic calculation, graphics presentation and current water conservation practices are discussed. Field trips and on-site analysis are included as part of the LAB. (Degree Credit)
HORT 155 • Soils.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
This course covers the following physical, chemical and biological properties of soil: formation, texture, structure, compaction, stability and drainage, permeability and water-holding capacity, ionic exchange, soil reaction, organic matter, soil classification, water conservation and soil conservation.
HORT 156 • Plant Nutrition.
3 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (8 WEEKS) 3 UNITS.
This course provides a comprehensive review of plant fertility for landscape and container plants. Tissue and soil testing for nutrient levels, methods and equipment used in fertilizer application, and currently used fertilizer materials are also covered. Students will learn to develop fertility programs for various nursery crops.
HORT 157 • Irrigation Principles.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Prerequisite: HORT153 Landscape Irrigation.
This course covers the study and application of plant, soil and water relationships as they apply to irrigation. Sprinkler precipitation rates, soil infiltration rates and plant evapo-transpiration rates are investigated to determine optimal irrigation, programming and efficient water usage. LAB hours will include field trips, investigations and on-site analysis. (Degree Credit)
HORT 160 • Plant Identification: Ornamental Trees.
3 hours lecture per week. 3 UNITS.
The study of broadleaf and conifers used in the California landscape, with special emphasis on identification. Recommended as a transfer course for majors in horticulture and landscape architecture. (UC; HORT 160 and 161 maximum credit one course) (Degree Credit)
HORT 161 • Plant Identification: Ornamental Shrubs.
3 hours lecture per week. 3 UNITS.
The study of ornamental shrubs, vines, ground covers, tropical and herbaceous plants used in the California landscape with special emphasis on identification. Recommended as a transfer course for majors in horticulture and landscape architecture. (UC; HORT160 and 161 maximum credit one course) (Degree Credit)
HORT 162 • Landscaping for Dry Climates.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Recommended: HORT200L Landscape Design.
A semester length course covering the effects of Southern California's climate and environment on plant selection, knowledge of the growth requirements of selected native and exotic species and their proper use in landscapes. Emphasis is placed on functional value and esthetic qualities of native and exotic drought-tolerant plants. Through the development of the design process, the student will create landscape plans using an inventory of appropriate native and drought tolerant exotic species. Field trips are an integral part of the projects, including one weekend trip required of all students. (Degree Credit)
HORT 164 • Plant Identification: Annuals, Perennials and House Plants.
3 hours lecture per week. 3 UNITS.
Course covers the study of annual, perennial and houseplant material used throughout California, with special emphasis on identification. It includes the comparison of the care requirements, culture and landscape use of approximately 200 herbaceous ornamental plants. Recommended as a transfer course in the majors of horticulture and landscape architecture. (Degree Credit)
HORT 165 • Landscape Management.
3 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 4 UNITS.
Installation of new plantings and maintenance of existing plantings, including pruning, fertilization, pest control, lawn care and landscape estimating. (Degree Credit)
HORT 168 • Landscape Construction.
3 hours lecture per week. 3 UNITS.
Course covers the use and cost of various landscape construction materials and processes. Problems dealing with structure, grading, drainage, sprinklers, masonry and electricity used in landscape construction. The course is designed for students qualifying for the State Landscape Contractors Examination. (Degree Credit)
HORT 169 • Landscape Construction LAB.
3 hours LAB per week. 1 UNIT.
Co-requisite: HORT 168: Landscape Construction
Laboratory exercises in the use of block, concrete, wood and other hardscape construction materials and techniques as they relate to structures, drainage, grading, utilities and irrigation. (Degree Credit)
HORT 170 • Landscape Contracting.
3 hours lecture per week. 3 UNITS.
This course covers the legal requirements and obligations of the landscape contractor, including contractor law, lien rights, subcontractor regulations and employee labor law. Also includes estimating and cost analysis for the landscape trades. The course is directed toward preparing the student for passing the State Contractor's License Examination.
HORT 173 • Greenhouse and Nursery Production.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
This course covers the current theories and techniques for producing greenhouse and nursery plants. Greenhouse and nursery facilities and equipment will be covered along with business practices, computer applications, nursery automation and irrigation systems. Recommended for students seeking careers in nursery-related fields. (Degree Credit)
HORT 174 • Plant Propagation.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
This course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of commercial plant production. Seeding, transplanting, preparation of cuttings. layering, division, budding and grafting and micropropagation (in vitro) are discussed. The use of plant hormones, plant physiology and genetic manipulation are also covered.
HORT 177 • Turfgrass Management.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Production, maintenance and management of turf grasses. Laboratory and field experience in identification, planting, management practices, renovation, fertilization and pest management methods. Valuable to individuals entering the landscape management, nursery propagation, landscape architecture and golf course management fields. Also appropriate for park, stadium and athletic field managers and managers of memorial parks.
HORT 185 • Arboriculture.
1 hour lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 2 UNITS.
Maintenance involving the techniques and equipment of pruning, bracing, cabling and cavity repair of ornamental trees. Course will study the pruning of specific trees for special purposes and the regulations, codes and safety practices of professional tree pruning. LAB will cover practice in safe tree climbing by the use of harness and lines, correct methods of pruning various tree species and preservation by cavity repair, bracing and cabling. (Degree Credit)
HORT 188 • Integrated Pest Management.
3 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. (9 WEEKS) 2 UNITS.
A course which provides students with a fundamental knowledge of integrated pest management. During the class, students learn to develop and implement pest control programs using cultural, biological and chemical methods. Emphasis will be placed on pest identification, pest monitoring and analysis of plant symptoms. (Degree Credit)
HORT 200 • Landscape Design.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Basic drafting techniques are taught, combined with the principles of design, leading to formal landscape drawings of homes. Includes the proper association of plant materials according to texture, color, mass, cultural requirements and intended usage in the landscape. (UC) (Degree Credit)
HORT 201 • Advanced Landscape Design.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Prerequisite: HORT 200 Landscape Design.
A continuation of graphics, design theory and plant usage from HORT 200. Emphasis is placed on hillside development and commercial projects. A survey of the historical development of landscape. The design of landscape structures such as walls, patios, overheads, steps and pools is addressed, with focus on the qualities of construction materials. Perspective drawings for project presentations will be developed, along with a detailed site analysis and evaluation of ecological features and impacts. Field trips are a part of the LAB, including one weekend field trip required of all students. (Degree Credit)
HORT 205 • Applied Entomology.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Study of the principles of entomology including external and internal anatomy and physiology, insect relatives, classification and identification. Concepts of insect management will be included. A collection of properly identified insects will be required, with LAB and field examinations placing emphasis on identification and control. (Degree Credit)
HORT 207 • Plant Pathology.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
An introduction to plant pathology with a study of major plant diseases and their control. Fungi, bacteria and viruses, nematodes causing diseases of economic crops throughout the US are studied in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. (Degree Credit)
HORT 215 • Diseases and Pests of Ornamental Plants.
3 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 4 UNITS.
Prerequisite: Hort 205 Applied Entomology OR Hort 207 Plant Pathology
Diagnosis and control of parasitic and non-parasitic disease problems in ornamental landscapes. Determination of insets, mites and other pest problems effecting ornamental plantings and their control. Transfer credit to colleges offering similar programs. California Department of Food and Agriculture Continuing Education Credits (CCUs) available for this course. (Degree Credit)
HORT 218 • Landscape Hydraulics.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Prerequisite: Hort 153 Landscape Irrigation and Math 40 Intermediate Algebra.
This course covers the principles of hydraulics as they relate to open and closed piping systems, pipe and channel flow as they relate to irrigation and drainage systems. Water, storage, pumping, hammer, system surge, fountains and ponds are also addressed.
HORT 219 • CAD Applications in Horticulture.
2 hours lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Prerequisite: Hort 200 Landscape Design OR Hort 154 Irrigation Design
This course includes the use of the computer and CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) in the creation of landscape and irrigation designs. The use of symbol libraries, layered drawings, landscape and irrigation plans will be developed for actual site situations.
HORT 920AB • Advanced CAD Applications in Horticulture.
2 Hours Lecture and 3 hours LAB per week. 3 UNITS.
Prerequisite: Hort 219 CAD Applications in Horticulture.
This course advances the skills and techniques acquired in Hort 219. It includes the use of the computer and CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) symbol libraries, layered drawings, macros and other programs designed for even more sophisticated Landscape applications.
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