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Option General Horticulture Undergraduate Option  

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

Via Ecampus only.

The online General Horticulture option curriculum is built on a strong foundation in horticultural science. This option is especially recommended for students already working in the horticultural industry, whose careers will benefit from post-secondary education in the horticultural sciences. Students learn horticultural principles and practices associated with horticultural production within the context of plant biology, pest management, soils, ecology, and economics with applications in plant nutrition, pest management, business, and marketing. In addition, students are well-informed about the latest technology and trends in the field. The option provides sufficiently broad electives for the student to build his or her curriculum to meet specific goals.

Our graduates are skilled in finding and using information, as well as synthesizing information from many sources to solve problems. On-campus students benefit from field and lab experiences, research projects, and internships. Ecampus students will benefit from these same hands-on opportunities. With departmental support, the online student will identify opportunities for field, laboratory, internship, and research experiences, which will be vetted by the Department of Horticulture. Some lab experiences will be in the form of kits that the student will purchase and receive by mail; others will be virtual lab experiences created collaboratively between Department of Horticulture faculty and the curriculum design team in Ecampus.

The internship provides professional-level interaction with growers, managers, field reps, and consultants, and provides hands-on experience. Similarly, the research project familiarizes students with research topics and connects them with researchers in academia, public agencies, and private industry. Mentoring and advising will assist online students in taking advantage of departmental strengths. We anticipate that many online students will already be employed in one of the horticultural industries or at research facilities.

The General Horticulture option uses the new horticulture major core.

Option Requirements

Plant Materials

Select 3 of the following courses:
BOT 440. Field Methods in Plant Ecology (4)
HORT 226. Landscape Plant Materials I: Deciduous Hardwoods and Conifers (4)
HORT 228. Landscape Plant Materials II: Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs (4)
HORT 255. Herbaceous Ornamental Plant Materials (3)
RNG 353. Wildland Plant Identification (4)

Horticultural Production and Management

Select 6 or more of the following courses, for a minimum of 18 credits:
CROP 310. Forage Production (4)
CROP 420. Seed Science and Technology (3)
ENT 322. Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (3)
ENT 440. Issues in Insect Toxicology (3)
HORT 260. Organic Farming and Gardening (3)
HORT 285. Permaculture Design and Theory: Certificate Course (4)
HORT 314. Principles of Turfgrass Maintenance (4)
HORT 315. Sustainable Landscapes: Maintenance, Conservation, Restore (4)
HORT 319. Restoration Horticulture (3)
HORT 349. Diagnosing Plant Problems (3)
HORT/FES 350. Urban Forestry (3)
HORT/FES 447. Arboriculture (4)
HORT 485. Advanced Permaculture Design Tools for Climate Resilience (3)
PBG 450. Plant Breeding (4)


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


Select 1 of the following courses:
AG 312. Engine Theory and Operation (3)
AG 391. Farm Implements (3)
FW 303. Survey of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource (3)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)

Horticultural Communication

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


HORT/CROP 300. Crop Production in Pacific Northwest Agroecosystems (4)

Business Management

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 211. Management in Agriculture (4)
AEC 221. Marketing in Agriculture (3)
BA 215. Fundamentals of Accounting (4)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
BA 365. Family Business Management (4)

Government and Policy

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 253. *Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics (4)
HORT/FES 455. Urban Forest Planning, Policy and Management (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 476. *Science and Politics (4)

Ecology and Sustainability Ecosystems Courses

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

Science, Technology and Society

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
ANTH 481. *Natural Resources and Community Values (3)
BI/FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
ENSC 479. *^Environmental Case Studies (3)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability (3)
GEO 306. *Minerals, Energy, Water, and the Environment (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
HORT 330/ENT 300. *Plagues, Pests, and Politics (3)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3)
WGSS 440. *Women and Natural Resources (3)

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)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resource 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)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (4)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation (3)

Total credits=46–55


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


Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed - Signifies that the Major/Option can be completed thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

Option Code: 240

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