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Sustainable Horticulture

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Sustainable Horticulture

Earners of this microcredential will increase their knowledge of contemporary landscape sustainable practices and can help solve regional environmental problems. This microcredential establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development. Earners will demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the horticulture profession, the construction industry, stewardship of the environment, and society at large.

Admission requirements for application:

For Non-matriculated students:

Requirements to earn the microcredential:

To achieve the Sustainable Horticulture microcredential, participants will need to be enrolled at FSC and successfully complete a four-course sequence (HOR 110, HOR 112, HOR 330, HOR 340), with a grade of C or better in each course.

Stackable to:

General Horticulture, A.A.S.
Horticulture Technology Management, B.S.
Ornamental Horticulture Certificate

Time to complete:

3-4 semesters

Cost to attend:

Standard tuition rates apply. For tuition information, please click here.

Contact Information

Urban Horticulture and Design

Thompson Hall, 202

Students must complete the following courses:

Basic Coursework (4 courses, 12 credits)
HOR 110: Horticulture I 3 credits
HOR 112: Soils: the Foundation of Life 3 credits
HOR 330: Weed Science and Management 3 credits
HOR 340: The Sustainable Garden 3 credits

HOR 110 Horticulture I

Instruction, orientation and field experience in the various phases of horticulture. Each week the explanation and demonstration of a new subject precedes the assignment to duties/ A rounded experience is the objective. Tools, techniques, and standards of workmanship are taught. Corequisite(s): HOR 110L

HOR 112 Soils: The Foundation of Life

Soils serve as the foundation for production in natural ecosystems and human systems. This exploration of soils addresses their geologic formation and properties (physical, chemical and biological). Special attention is given to the focused manipulation of soils to achieve optimum plant performance in landscape situations. Through classroom lecture and investigative laboratory exercises students will develop an appreciation for soil as a dynamic living system with broad implications for agriculture and general society. Corequisite(s): HOR 112L

HOR 330 Weed Science and Management

Discussion of the origin and history of weed science and weed control. Life cycle, growth and development, weed interference and competition with plants will also be explored. The course will also emphasize physical, cultural, biological and chemical control of weeds. Herbicides and their selectivity, performance and methods of application will also be discussed. Prerequisite(s): HOR 111 or HOR 110 Corequisite(s): HOR 330L

HOR 340 The Sustainable Garden

Healthy sustainable landscapes provide benefits to human functioning, health and well being. But just what is a "healthy landscape?" What are the major tenets of "Sustainability?" What does it mean to "Go Green?" In the Sustainable Garden course we will define, investigate and promote sustainable garden design, land development and management practices. We will investigate how to transform sites with and without buildings utilizing integrated sustainable principles. The course will provide students with tools to address increasingly urgent global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and resource depletion. It will have value for those who design, construct, operate and maintain landscapes. Prerequisite(s): HOR 131 Corequisite(s): HOR 340L

Last Modified 2/21/24