Courses in Urban and Community Horticulture

The School of Integrated Plant, Soils and Insect Sciences at Oregon State University offers a diversity of courses that foster knowledge and practice of sustainable landscaping and gardening practices.  Below are a few of the offerings that may constitute a students' program of study.

HORT 226. LANDSCAPE PLANT MATERIALS
Identification of trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers used in landscape horticulture; their use in plant composition. This course concentrates on identification and use of deciduous hardwoods and conifers.

HORT 228. LANDSCAPE PLANT MATERIALS
Identification of trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers used in landscape horticulture; their use in plant composition.

HORT 255. HERBACEOUS ORNAMENTAL PLANT MATERIALS
Identification and culture of herbaceous plants used in the landscape.

HORT 260. ORGANIC FARMING AND GARDENING
Organic farming and gardening methods are discussed in class and practiced in the field. The philosophical background of organic farming as well as the biological, environmental and social factors involved in organic food production are covered. Emphasis is on hands-on application of scientific principles to create sustainable food production systems.

HORT 280. INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Students will actively discover the landscape design process, from initial client interview and site assessment to presentation of the final plan. Basic design principles, plant selection, and drafting skills will be emphasized.

HORT 285. PERMACULTURE DESIGN AND THEORY
Basic permaculture design. Lectures, hands-on activities, experiential learning, group discussions, readings, student projects and presentations. One mandatory weekend day field trip. Design intensive, utilizing graphic and verbal presentation skills. Research into other functioning permaculture systems through literature, websites, and as observed on field trips.

HORT 286. PERMACULTURE CERTIFICATION
Permaculture Designer's Certificate issued upon completion by Cascadia Permaculture Institute. Lectures, activities, experiential learning, discussions, readings, projects, presentations. Two mandatory weekend day field trips. Design intensive, utilizing graphic and verbal presentation skills. Research functioning permaculture systems as found in literature, websites, observed on field trips.

HORT 315. PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE
Maintenance practices related to non-turf landscape areas. Emphasis on pruning, planting, fertilization, and pest control. Plant responses to stress, particularly those encountered in the urban environment.

HORT 318. APPLIED ECOLOGY OF MANAGED ECOSYSTEMS
Survey of ecological processes in managed ecosystems emphasizing ecological management techniques. Ecosystem services; biodiversity management; weed dynamics; agroecology; urban ecology; restoration and mitigation; landscape management.

HORT 350. URBAN FORESTRY
Introduction to principles and practices of planting and managing trees as a system of urban environment; understanding the economic, environmental, social aspects of urban forests, and an overview of contemporary land use issues and societal perspectives between people and plants.

HORT 358. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES
Study of landscape construction process from initial site analysis to finished landscape. Techniques used in building hardscape and landscape areas.

HORT 360. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION: IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE Surface grading/drainage techniques and structures; principles and techniques of landscape and turf irrigation.

HORT 380. ADVANCED LANDSCAPE DESIGN STUDIO
The assessment of design problems/situations, the development of solutions and the communication of those solutions to the client through the design. Specific topics include designing for ecosystem maintenance/enhancement, introduction to computer-aided design (CAD), using color in landscape designs and rendering section/elevation views.

HORT 385. LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS Managing a successful landscape design, construction and/or management company requires significant knowledge beyond the horticulture skills practiced on the job site. Students will learn about the size, nature, and economic status of the landscape industry, contracts, specifications, licensing, certification, environmental issues, safety and personnel management.

HORT 411. HORTICULTURE BOOK CLUB
Reading and discussion of noteworthy books and associated topics relating to agriculture, society and the environment.

HORT 412. CAREER EXPLORATION: INTERNSHIPS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS
Provides orientation to the horticulture major internship and research project requirement. Covers procedures for selecting, performing, and reporting on an internship or research project. Includes guidance and skill development valuable in the pursuit of horticultural career goals, such as cover letter and resume preparation and interviewing experience.

HORT 447. ARBORICULTURE
The principles and practices of arboriculture, the art and science of selecting, planting, establishing and maintaining trees in urban, suburban, commercial and residential landscapes.

HORT 455. URBAN FOREST PLANNING, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
Examination of planning, policy, and management strategies used in the stewardship of urban natural resources. Fundamentals for developing effective programs to maximize the economic, environmental, and social values and benefits of urban forest landscapes.

HORT 512. DISCUSSIONS IN PLANT SCIENCE
Student presentations dealing with selected topics in the plant sciences and examined in the context of contemporary research.