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Option Ecological Landscape and Urban Forestry Undergraduate Option  

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

The landscape industry and urban forestry sector are large and diverse, offering careers in landscape design, construction, management, and restoration; conservation; park, botanical and public garden management; urban forestry policy and management; research; consulting; and interior-scaping. Landscape professionals design, build, and manage aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally responsible natural spaces where we all live, work, and play. In recent years, the industry has expanded and rapidly become more sophisticated to meet the challenges of today’s urban environment. Consequently, there is great demand for creative, motivated individuals who love the outdoors and enjoy working with plants, soil, water, nature, and people.

In the Ecological Landscape and Urban Forestry option, students will learn about sustainable landscape management, urban forestry, and about the ecosystem services provided by the built environment, such as carbon sequestration and climate regulation, temperature modulation, waste decomposition and detoxification, purification of water and air, storm and rainwater management, crop pollination, pest and disease control, nutrient dispersal and cycling, seed dispersal, and intellectual and spiritual inspiration, recreational experiences and scientific discovery.

The Ecological Landscape and Urban Forestry option uses the new horticulture major core.

Option Requirements

Plant Materials

HORT 226. Landscape Plant Materials I: Deciduous Hardwoods and Conifers (4)
HORT 228. Landscape Plant Materials II: Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs (4)

Select 1 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)
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)
RNG 353. Wildland Plant Identification (4)


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


HORT 380. Sustainable Landscape Design (3)

Horticultural Communication

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


Select 1 of the following courses:
HORT 480. Case Studies in Cropping Systems Management (4)
HORT 495. Horticultural Management Plans (3)

Science and Technology of Managed Ecosystems

HORT 314. Principles of Turfgrass Maintenance (4)
HORT 315. Sustainable Landscapes: Maintenance, Conservation, Restore (4)
HORT/FES 350. Urban Forestry (3)
HORT/FES 447. Arboriculture (4)
HORT 358. Landscape Construction Techniques (4)
HORT 360. Irrigation and Drainage (4)

Select 2 of the following courses, for a minimum of 6 credits:
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
CROP/SOIL 325. ^Ag and Environmental Predicaments: A Case Study Approach (3)
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FW 462. Ecosystem Services (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
​   or SOIL 335. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3) [Terminated spring 2017]
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
HORT 285. Permaculture Design and Theory: Certificate Course (4)
HORT 319. Restoration Horticulture (3)
HORT 330/ENT 300. *Plagues, Pests, and Politics (3)
HORT 351. Floriculture and Greenhouse Systems (4)
HORT 361. Plant Nursery Systems (4)
HORT 405. Reading and Conference [Pesticide Applicator Training] (4)
HORT/CROP 414. Precision Agriculture (4)
HORT/FES 455. Urban Forest Planning, Policy and Management (4)
HORT 485. Advanced Permaculture Design (3)
HORT 499. Special Topics [Building Sustainable Landscapes for the 21st Century] (1)
HORT 499. Special Topics [Insect Agroecology] (3)
   or ENT 499. Special Topics [Insect Agroecology] (3)
RNG 355. Desert Watershed Management (4)
SOIL 316. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems (4)
SOIL 455. Biology of Soil Ecosystems (4)
SOIL 499. Special Topics [Introduction to Sustainable Cemetery Management] (3)
SUS 304. *Sustainability Assessment (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)

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)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (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)
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3) [Terminated fall 2017]
BI 348. *Human Ecology (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/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES/NR/RNG 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (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)
HORT 330/ENT/BI 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=53–59


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

Option Code: 789

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