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Option Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Horticulture - College of Agricultural Sciences



Students in the Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production option gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and manage horticultural production systems for fruit, vegetable, nursery, and greenhouse crops using environmentally sustainable practices. They come to see horticulture as a way to create and maintain vital and productive agro-ecosystems and understand the role of horticulture within a larger societal context which includes issues of ecology, economics, and politics.

The Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production option stresses active learning, case studies about real-world situations, and integrating ideas and facts from many different subjects. Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production graduates will be active learners, and possess skills prized by employers and useful for establishing their own enterprises. They will have a broad and thorough knowledge of horticulture and the skills and knowledge needed to identify, develop, and practice ecological and sustainable methods. They will be able to think critically. They will be skilled in finding and using information, as well as synthesizing information from many sources to analyze novel situations and solve problems in the field.



The Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production option uses the new horticulture major core.

Option Requirements


Plant Materials

Select 3 of the following courses:
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 323. ^Flowering Plants of the World (3)
BOT 425. Flora of the Pacific Northwest (3)
CROP 200. Crop Ecology and Morphology (3)
FES 241. Dendrology (3)
HORT 226. Landscape Plant Materials I: Deciduous Hardwoods and Conifers (4)
HORT 228. Landscape Plant Materials II: Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs (4)
HORT 251. Temperate Tree Fruit, Berries, Grapes, and Nuts (2)
HORT 255. Herbaceous Ornamental Plant Materials (3)
HORT/CROP 433. Systematics and Adaptation of Vegetable Crops (4) 

Ecology

HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)

Technology

HORT/CROP 414. Precision Agriculture (4)

Horticultural Communication

HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)
HORT 407. Seminar (1)
HORT 411. Horticulture Book Club (1)

Capstone

HORT/CROP 480. Case Studies in Cropping Systems Management (4)

Advanced Horticultural Science

HORT/CROP 300. Crop Production in Pacific Northwest Agroecosystems (4)
HORT 495. Horticultural Management Plans (3)
PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3)

Horticultural Production Electives

HORT 360. Irrigation and Drainage (4)

Select 1 of the following courses:
HORT 260. Organic Farming and Gardening (3)
HORT 351. Floriculture and Greenhouse Systems (4)
HORT 361. Plant Nursery Systems (4)
HORT 451. Tree Fruit Physiology and Culture (4)
HORT 452. Berry and Grape Physiology and Culture (4)
HORT 453. Grapevine Growth and Physiology (3)
HORT 454. Principles and Practices of Vineyard Production (3) 

Horticultural Electives

Select a minimum of 9 credits from the above list or from the following list:
CROP 280. Introduction to the Complexity of Oregon Cropping Systems (4)
CROP/SOIL 325. Ag and Environmental Predicaments: A Case Study Approach (3)
ENT 322. Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (3)
HORT 199. Special Topics (1–16)
HORT 199. Special Topics [Issues in Sustainable Agriculture] (1)
HORT 285. Permaculture Design and Theory: Certificate Course (4)
HORT 299. Special Topics (1–16)
HORT 314. Principles of Turfgrass Maintenance (4)
HORT 399. Special Topics (1–16)
HORT 405. Reading and Conference [Pesticide Applicator Training] (4)
HORT/CROP 463. Seed Biology (3)
HORT 485. Advanced Permaculture Design (3)
HORT 499. Special Topics (1–16)
HORT 499. Special Topics [Advanced Organic Farming] (2)
   or CROP 499. Special Topics [Advanced Organic Farming] (2)
HORT 499. Special Topics [Insect Agroecology] (3)
   or ENT 499. Special Topics [Insect Agroecology] (3)
HORT 499. Special Topics [Organic and 3rd Party Certification Practices] (2)
   or CROP 499. Special Topics [Organic and 3rd Party Certification Practices] (2)
PBG 441. Plant Tissue Culture (4)
PBG 450. Plant Breeding (4)
SOIL 316. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecoystems (4)
SOIL 455. Biology of Soil Ecosystems (4)

Business Management

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 211. Management in Agriculture (4)
AEC 221. Marketing in Agriculture (3)
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 251. *Introduction to Agricultural and Food Economics (3) 
BA 215. Fundamentals of Accounting (4)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
BA 463. Family Business Management (4)

Government and Policy

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 251. *Introduction to Agricultural and Food Economics (3)
AEC 253. Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics (4)
AGRI 411. Introduction to Food Systems: Local to Global (3)
FES 492. Ecosystem Services Ecology, Sociology, Policy (3)
NR 455. Natural Resource Decision Making (4)
PS 201. *Introduction to United States Government and Politics (4)
PS 205. *Introduction to International Relations (4)
PS 331. *State and Local Politics (4)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)

Ecology and Sustainability Ecosystems Courses

Meets Synthesis requirements. Each course must be from a different department.

Contemporary Global Issues

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
BI 306. *^Environmental Ecology (3)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
HORT/ENT 331. *Pollinators in Peril (3)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation (3)

Science, Technology and Society

Select 1 of the following courses:
ANS 315. *Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture (3)
ANS/FES/FW/SOC 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3) [Terminated fall 2017]
BI 348. *Human Ecology (3)
BI/FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
BOT 324. *Fungi in Society (3)
CH 374. *Technology, Energy, and Risk (3)
ENGR 350. *Sustainable Engineering (3)
ENGR 363. *Energy Matters (3)
ENSC 479. *^Environmental Case Studies (3)
FES/NR/RNG 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FST 421. *Food Law (3)
FW/HSTS 470. *Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
​   or SOIL 335. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3) [Terminated spring 2017]
HORT 330/ENT 300. *Plagues, Pests and Politics (3)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
HSTS 421. *Technology and Change (4)
NUTR 312. *Issues in Nutrition and Health (3)
PH 313. *Energy Alternatives (3)
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PS 476. *Science and Politics (4)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3)
SUS 304. *Sustainability Assessment (4)

Total credits=53–60


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Option Code: 601




 
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