Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3030
First Term: 2006 Fall      
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 67
CIP Code: 01.0699

Occupational Area:
Instructional Council: Agriculture/Equine Science (02)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code:

Description: The Associate in Applied Science in (AAS) Urban Horticulture prepares students to work as technicians, supervisors, managers, or owners in wholesale or retail nurseries, landscape design and construction operations, or landscape management companies. In addition, the program prepares students for careers with local, state, and federal government agencies involved with the technical phases of the Urban Horticulture industry. The curriculum combines coursework in horticulture with General Education components. Graduates may transfer to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Required Courses
AGB130 Establishing and Running an Agribusiness 3
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations 3
AGL189 Landscape Design I 3
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development 4
AGS168 Grounds Equipment Management 3
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification and Use 3
AGS192 Urban Plant Care 3
AGS260 Origin and Composition of Soils 4
AGS262 Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting 3
AGS268 Insect, Weed & Pest Control 4

Students must select 1 of the following 5 tracks:

Track I: Landscape Design & Installation: Credits: 9
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques 3
+ AGL190 Landscape Design II 3
+ AGL282 Landscape Computer Aided Design 3

Track II: Nursery Operations: Credits: 9
AGS186 Greenhouse Management and Construction 3
AGS187 Indoor Foliage Plants 3
AGS285 Propagation of Horticultural Plants 3

Track III: Landscape Management: Credits 9
AGS182 Gardening Practices and Techniques 2
AGS187 Indoor Foliage Plants 3
AGS284 Lawn and Turf Care 3
AGS296WA Cooperative Education 1

Track IV: Turfgrass Management: Credits: 9
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques 3
AGS261 Soil Fertility and Management 3
AGS284 Lawn and Turf Care 3

Track V: Floriculture/Floral Design: Credits: 9
AGB140 Commercial Floral Design 3
AGB142 Floriculture 3
AGS182 Gardening Practices and Techniques 2
AGS296WA Cooperative Education 1

Credits: 42

Program Competencies
1. Run computer software programs and adapt them to practical agricultural use. (AGB130, AGB139)
2. Classify agricultural plants according to use, growth habits and economic importance in determining the factors influencing plant behavior and accepted cultural practices. (AGS164)
3. Take representative soil samples, test and interpret results and prepare written cultural management practices based on the data obtained. (AGS260)
4. Draw landscape designs using professional landscape drafting techniques including planting plans and sprinkler systems for residential and commercial structures. (AGL189, AGL190)
5. Identify common landscape plants by botanical and common name and know how they are used in the landscape. (AGS183)
6. Use established pruning and maintenance guidelines to care for new and existing landscapes. (AGS192)
7. Identify common insects, weeds and plant diseases and prepare written recommendations for their prevention and control. (AGS268)
8. Read landscape blueprints and specifications, operate landscape equipment and install complete landscapes. (AGL181, AGS168)
9. Use computer-aided techniques to develop complete landscape designs and estimating for bidding. (AGL282)
10. Plan and plant annual and perennial gardens. (AGS182, AGS261)
11. Plan and install greenhouse facilities, manage graphic production programs. (AGS186, AGS261)
12. Identify indoor plants, plan, install and maintain interior plant. (AGS187)
13. Propagate and produce urban plants, management production of urban plants for wholesale growers. (AGS285, AGS261)
14. Plan, plant, establish and care for lawn and turf areas on residential and commercial properties. (AGS284, AGS261)
15. Design and draw irrigation systems for residential and commercial properties. (AGS262)
16. Plan design, and state floral displays and arrangements for commercial settings. (AGB140)
17. Identify, propagate, and produce major floriculture crops for commercial use. (AGB142)
18. Plan and plant annual and perennial gardens. (AGS182)
19. Formulate and complete specific work related objectives (AGS296WA)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 4-25-06

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