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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Urban Horticulture
Major: 3030
First Term: 2006 Fall    Final Term: 2014 Summer
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 67
CIPS Code: 1.0699
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources / Agricultural Production and Management
Instructional Council: Agriculture/Equine Science (02)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

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.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Required Courses
 Credits: 42
 AGB130Establishing and Running an Agribusiness3
 AGB139Agribusiness Computer Operations3
 AGL189Landscape Design I3
 AGS164Plant Growth and Development4
 AGS168Grounds Equipment Management3
 AGS183Urban Plant Identification and Use3
 AGS192Urban Plant Care3
 AGS260Origin and Composition of Soils4
 AGS262Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting3
 AGS268Insect, Weed & Pest Control4
Students must select 1 of the following 5 tracks:
Track I: Landscape Design & Installation:Credits: 9
 AGL181Landscape Construction Techniques3
+AGL190Landscape Design II3
+AGL282Landscape Computer Aided Design3
Track II: Nursery Operations:Credits: 9
 AGS186Greenhouse Management and Construction3
 AGS187Indoor Foliage Plants3
 AGS285Propagation of Horticultural Plants3
Track III: Landscape Management:Credits: 9
 AGS182Gardening Practices and Techniques2
 AGS187Indoor Foliage Plants3
 AGS284Lawn and Turf Care3
 AGS296WACooperative Education1
Track IV: Turfgrass Management:Credits: 9
 AGL181Landscape Construction Techniques3
 AGS261Soil Fertility and Management3
 AGS284Lawn and Turf Care3
Track V: Floriculture/Floral Design:Credits: 9
 AGB140Commercial Floral Design3
 AGS182Gardening Practices and Techniques2
 AGS296WACooperative Education1
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25-27
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
 ENG101First-Year Composition (3) AND 
 ENG102First-Year Composition (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 COM110Interpersonal Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
 CRE101College Critical Reading OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment.3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
 MAT102Mathematical Concepts/Applications (3) OR 
 MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR 
 MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR 
 MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment OR 
  approved math course which are required in a specific AAS program OR 
  Satisfactory completion of a higher mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
 Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area4

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)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.