Horticulture Programs

AS Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

Course Offerings

AGOR 1 — Horticultural Science

3 Units
54 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU
Basic horticulture skills and techniques for use in gardening, nursery, and landscape applications. Emphasis on propagation, cultural practices, and the study of plant relationships, structure, growth and development.

AGOR 2 — Plant Propagation/Greenhouse Management

3 Units
36 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU
54 hours lab.
Plant propagation and production practices with emphasis on florists’ plants, woody ornamentals and fruits. Commercial techniques include seed propagation, cuttings, grafting and budding, layering, fern sporing and division. Stresses greenhouses and other environmental structures for plant propagation and production.

AGOR 4 — Park Management

3 Units
54 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate
Management and operation of municipal park departments. Includes the development of budgets, purchasing, park policies, planning and scheduling. Field trip required.

AGOR 5 — Park Facilities

3 Units
54 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate
Management and operation of different types of park facilities. Includes the management of sports fields, recreation centers, campgrounds, aquatic facilities and golf courses.

AGOR 13 — Landscape Design

3 Units
36 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU
54 hours lab.
Fundamentals and implementation of landscape design. Principles of design, the design process, drafting, graphics, site evaluation, landscaping materials, and plant usage. Projects emphasize residential and small commercial sites.

AGOR 15 — Interior Landscaping  

3 Units
Degree Appropriate
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
54 hours lecture.
Design, installation and maintenance practices used in interior landscaping. Includes identification, culture and care of plants suitable for interior use. Field trip required.

AGOR 24 — Integrated Pest Management

3 Units
36 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU
54 hours lab.
Identifies common agricultural pests in Southern California and analyzes physical, biological and chemical pest control principles and practices. Stresses use, safety, equipment, laws, and regulations of pesticides.

AGOR 25 — Floral Design I

Non-Credit Only
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Instruction and application of principles in the art of floral design as to form, styles and composition. Designing of floral arrangements, wreaths, sprays, baskets, bouquets, wedding flowers and corsages are included in the laboratory.

 AGOR 26 — Floral Design II

Non-Credit Only
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Prerequisite: AGOR 25 or equivalent experience.
Continued application of principles in the art of floral design. Contemporary design theory emphasizing creativity, self expression, and professional design situations.

 AGOR 27 — Floral Design III

Non-Credit Only

36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Prerequisite: AGOR 25 and AGOR 26
Advanced application of principles in the art of holiday designs, party and wedding designs, and sympathy designs. Florist management operations will be emphasized. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.

AGOR 29 — Ornamental Plants – Herbaceous

3 Units
36 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU, UC
54 hours lab.
Identification, growth habits, culture and ornamental use of landscape annuals, biennials, perennials, ferns, indoor plants, ground covers and vines adapted to climates of California. Plants emphasized will come from the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) certification
test plant lists.

AGOR 30 — Ornamental Plants – Trees and Woody Shrubs

3 Units
36 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU, UC
54 hours lab.
Identification, growth habits, culture and ornamental use of landscape trees and shrubs adapted to climates of California. Plants emphasized will come from the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) certification test plant lists.

AGOR 32 — Landscaping and Nursery Management

3 Units
Fall Semester Degree Appropriate, CSU
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Advisory: AGOR 1
Operation and management of wholesale and retail nurseries. Includes site location and layout of areas; greenhouse management; soil mixes and proper use of fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicide and growth regulators; irrigation; mechanization; financing; personnel management; retail displays, advertising and customer relationships; federal, state and local laws and regulations. Field trips are required.

AGOR 39 — Turf Grass Production and Management

3 Units
36 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU
54 hours lab.
Introduction to cultivation, maintenance and management of turf grasses utilized for athletic fields, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, commercial and residential lawns. Identification, installation, cultural requirements and maintenance practices are emphasized.

AGOR 40 — Sports Turf Management

3 Units
Spring Semester Degree Appropriate
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Prerequisite: AGOR 39 or equivalent experience
Prepares students to work in the sports turf industry. Emphasizes turf cultural techniques used in sports turf management. Includes turf surfaces used on baseball, football, soccer, tennis, golf courses, driving ranges and other sports fields in both professional and amateur sports. Field trips are included.

AGOR 50 — Soil Science and Management

3 Units
(CAN AG 14) Degree Appropriate, CSU, UC
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Principles of proper soil management to optimize plant growth, including management of air, water, nutrients and organic matter. Physical and chemical properties of soil that govern soil reactions and interactions. Field trips are included.

AGOR 51 — Tractor and Landscape Equipment Operations

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Selection, operation, repair and maintenance of power equipment used in the landscape industry. Includes 2WD and 4WD tractors, skip loader, skid steerloader, backhoe, lawnmowers, edgers, weed eaters, blower/vacuum, rotatillers, chain saws, spraying equipment and all-terrain vehicles. Laboratory includes actual hands-on applications of this equipment.

AGOR 52 — Hydraulics

3 Units
36 hours lecture. Degree Appropriate, CSU
54 hours lab.
Operation, maintenance, and repair of hydraulic systems. Emphasis: pumps, valves, cylinders, flow control, reservoirs, lines, motors, and hydrostatic transmissions. Laboratory provides hands-on application of hydraulic systems.

AGOR 53 — Small Engine Repair I

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Principles and repair of small engines used in landscape, industrial and agricultural applications. Includes repairs of lawnmowers, chain saws, 2-cycle engine, 4-cycle engine, spraying equipment, all-terrain vehicles, and other related gas-powered equipment.

AGOR 54 — Small Engine Repair II

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Advanced repair and maintenance of mid-horsepower gasoline and diesel engines. Multi-cylinder air- and water-cooled engines used in landscape, industrial and agricultural applications. Repair of ridemowers, generator engines, air compressor engines, 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines, spraying equipment, all-terrain vehicles, and other related gas-powered
equipment. Students gain actual hands-on experience maintaining and overhauling engines.

AGOR 55 — Diesel Engine Repair

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Repair and maintenance of diesel engines used to power industrial, landscape and agricultural equipment. Students gain actual hands-on experience maintaining, servicing, and repairing diesel engines.

AGOR 56 — Engine Diagnostics

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Analysis and evaluation of tractor power failure. Students gain actual experience in the proper diagnostic procedures of power equipment. Service, maintenance and repair of tractor electrical systems: electrical wiring, voltage regulators, generators, alternators, switches, gauges, batteries and test equipment.

AGOR 57 — Power Train Repair

3 Units
Degree Appropriate
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Service, maintenance, and repair of power trains. Students gain experience with clutches, transmissions, differentials, power take-off units, and final drive used to transmit power on tractors.

AGOR 62 — Landscape Irrigation – Design and Installation

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Design and application of turf and ornamental irrigation systems. Design techniques, sprinkler system components and hydraulic principles used in nursery management, interior design, residential and commercial landscaping. Special emphasis is given to water conservation incorporating controlled flow technologies.

AGOR 63 — Landscape Irrigation Systems Management

3 Units
Degree Appropriate
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 68
A systematic approach to water conservation in the landscape. Repair techniques that will allow a current system to efficiently operate to its initial design. Trouble shooting procedures including field testing of valves and controllers. Irrigation efficiency test will be incorporated to demonstrate proper methods of water audits.

AGOR 64 — Landscape Irrigation – Drip and Low Volume

3 Units
Degree Appropriate
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Conservation of water in the landscape by utilization of drip and low-flow irrigation practices. Design, operation and maintenance of drip and low-flow irrigation systems, including determination of irrigation requirements, selection of emitters and low-flow devices, and uniformity of water distribution. Students will gain hands-on experience in design and installation techniques.

AGOR 71 — Landscape Construction Fundamentals

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Fundamentals of construction techniques and tools used in landscaping. Students will gain skills in construction projects that include surveying techniques, utilities (gas, water, electricity), woodworking, and masonry.

AGOR 72 — Landscape Hardscape Applications

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Landscape construction pertaining to hardscape featured in the landscape. Estimation and installation of fences, walks, planters, patios, lighting, barbecues, gazebos, decks, ponds, spas, fountains and pools. Students will gain hands-on experience in the laboratory activities.

AGOR 73 — Landscaping Laws, Contracting, and Estimating

3 Units
Degree Appropriate, CSU
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
54 hours lecture.
Landscape laws, contracting, and estimating as it pertains to Landscape Construction. Information covered will be helpful for the licensing exam administered by the state of California C-27 classification. Students will gain hands-on experience of contracting and running a business.

AGOR 75 — Urban Arboriculture

3 Units
Degree Appropriate
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Credit/No Credit.)
36 hours lecture.
54 hours lab.
Care and management of ornamental trees. Includes pruning techniques, fruit tree care, bracing, cabling, and pest control. Safe practices in the use of equipment including the use of ropes, chippers, boom trucks, chain saws, and identification and evaluation of common trees. Prepares students for the tree worker and arborist certification exams.

AGOR 91 — Work Experience in Nursery Operations

1 - 4 Units
(May be taken four times for credit.) Degree Appropriate
(May be taken for Credit/No Credit only.)
75 hours lab.
Prerequisite: Compliance with Work Experience regulations as designated
in the College Catalog.  Must complete 9 units of Horticulture coursework or a "C" Coded course to be eligible.
This course is designed to provide majors with actual on-the-job experience in an approved work station which is related to classroom instruction. A minimum of 75 paid clock hours or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester is required for each one unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week are equally distributed throughout the semester. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.

 

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