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Environmental Horticulture

Environmental Horticulture

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Plants outside Bakersfield College Agriculture buildingHorticultura - Hortus and Cultura in Latin means ‘garden cultivation’. First defined in 1631 by Peter Laurenberg, Horticulture is the intensive cultivation of plants. In 1678, the first use of the definition for horticulture was in English referring to the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants.

Today, Environmental Horticulture is the science and art of improving the world around us with the use of plants.

The Bakersfield College Environmental Horticulture program will enhance students’ knowledge of plants, their uses, propagation, care, beautification, and business applications. The program encourages professional standards, a strong work ethic, environmentally responsible management practices, and constant evolution of course materials to meet the needs of an ever changing world. Students will learn the knowledge and "learn by doing" skills necessary to develop a strong foundation for a variety of careers in the horticultural industries, including landscaping, nursery, floral design, and research. Students will also be prepared for transfer and completion of their degrees at higher education institutions.

Environmental Horticulture is one of the fastest-growing segments of agriculture in the nation and professionals in all aspects of this active "green" industry are in high demand. Whether you are interested in greenhouse or nursery production, retailing or marketing products, golf course/turf management, or any aspect of the landscape industry, this is your field. Professionals in this industry are responsible for the production, utilization, and maintenance of trees, flowers, shrubs, houseplants, and turf grasses that are used to enhance the environment.

The Environmental Horticulture industry in California is a multibillion-dollar business. California is the location of some of the largest nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape maintenance companies in the United States and ranks as the number one state in horticultural business.


What Exactly Do Environmental Horticulturists Do?

Positions are available for environmental horticulture graduates in the following areas:

  • Botanical/Theme Park Gardens: The many theme parks and botanical gardens in California offer numerous employment opportunities involving landscape management, plant production, plant collection, and educational displays of scientific technology used to grow plants.
  • Communication: Writing for farm and garden magazines, newspapers, television, and radio can be a rewarding field for men and women trained in environmental horticulture.
  • Government Service: You can become a specialist in environmental horticulture for the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Food and Agriculture; or a city, county or state park superintendent.
  • Grower Services: Seed firms, manufacturers of fertilizers, spray materials and equipment need personnel with horticultural training to perform a wide variety of tasks in research, development, technical service, and sales work.
  • Marketing: You can operate or become employed by companies wholesaling or retailing seeds, cuttings, or supplies. Companies marketing cut flowers and flowering plants, foliage plants or woody and tropical nursery plants employ graduates of our department. You might prefer being a buyer of these items for a chain store, a government institution, or wholesale distribution.
  • Production: You can operate your own business or be a manager of a golf course, nursery, landscaping service, greenhouse, flower - plant shop or garden center.
  • Research: You can become a scientist or research assistant. Scientists are constantly seeking to improve the quality of environmental plants and their handling, storage and marketing. Scientists may specialize in plant breeding, plant nutrition, plant growth regulation by chemicals, or other fascinating areas of plant research. Many employment opportunities are available in agri-business firms and government research divisions.
  • Teaching: You can be a teacher. Environmental horticulturists with proper qualifications can teach in high schools, technical schools, community colleges, and universities.

Classes

ORNH B1 Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture

3 units
Description: General course in environmental horticulture with emphasis on nursery operations, landscaping, turf management, and floral industries including; basic botany, cultural practices, propagation, structures and layout, pest management, planting, container gardening and houseplants, floral design, plant identification, turf grass installation and care, and survey of career opportunities. Lab required. Field trips required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ORNH B2 Fundamentals of Nursery Management and Plant Production

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: This is an introductory class in nursery business operations, skills, and processes appropriate to the horticulture industry in California. Emphasis will be placed upon laws/regulations, record keeping, budgeting, computer skills, professional organizations, cooperatives, merchandising, salesmanship, and communications. Propagation media, nursery designs, propagation, structures, seedage, cuttage, plant structure, rooting aids, transplanting, stepping up, and potting will be covered.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ORNH B3 Landscape Installation and Maintenance

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Enhancing the function and aesthetic value of public and private landscapes by applying appropriate installation and maintenance techniques in Kern County and California. Topics include; sustainability, planting, pruning, watering, soil fertility, pest management, weed control, and landscape maintenance business practices. Lab required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ORNH B4 Plant Propagation

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Principles of sexual propagation, seedage, and asexual propagation, budding, grafting, cuttings, layering, division and separation. Principles of tissue culture.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
C-ID: AG+EH 116
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ORNH B6 Ornamental Plant Identification - Ground Covers, Vines, and Dwarf Shrubs

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Identification, habits of growth, culture and landscape use of dwarf shrubs, vines, ground covers, annuals, and seasonal plants, adapted to the Central Valley of California and the surrounding regions. Covers those plants best observed and studied in the fall of the year. Plant materials from local regions will also be included. Plants emphasized will come from the current California Association of Nurseries & Garden Centers (CANGC) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Certification Tests Plant Lists. Lab required. Field trips required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
C-ID: AG+EH 108
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges

ORNH B7 Ornamental Plant Identification - Large Shrubs, Small Trees, Large Trees and Palms

3 units
Description: Identification, habits of growth, culture and landscape use of large shrubs, small trees, large trees and palms adapted to the Central Valley of California and the surrounding mountains. Field trips required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
C-ID: AG+EH 112
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges

ORNH B8 Introduction to Landscape Design

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: The study and implementation of the art and science of landscape design, including principles of design, the design process, drafting, graphics, and presentation methods. Project emphasis is placed upon residential and small commercial sites. Course includes introduction to computer landscape design software programs. Lab required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ORNH B36 Beginning Floral Design

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: Introduction to the fundamentals of theory, techniques and skills currently practiced in the floral industry. Includes applied art principles, cut flower care, handling practices, proper use of florist tools and materials, pricing of floral products and use of current floral business technology. Includes constructing corsages, floral arrangements, and foliage plant items, which meet floral industry standards.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges; BC GE C.1

ORNH B48WE Occupational Work Experience Education

1-8 units
Recommended: Declared major or occupational goal and evaluation of student’s qualifications and objectives.
Description: College credit for ornamental horticultural related learning experiences obtained on the job in accordance with a training plan developed cooperatively between the employer, college, and student. Occupational work experience credit may accrue at the rate of 1 to 8 units per semester for a total of sixteen units, and students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. Repetition allowed per Title 5 55253.
Hours: Non-paid 60 hours for each 1 unit (60 - 480). Paid 75 hours for each 1 unit (75 - 600).
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

Degrees/Certificates

Bakersfield College offers the following programs in Environmental Horticulture:

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