Environmental Horticulture

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EH 101: Plant Identification And Culture
(3) F - CSU, UC

Designed to acquaint the student with woody ornamental plants and selected accent plants used in the Santa Barbara region. Approximately 150 trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous ornamentals are presented for identification and close scrutiny.

EH 102: Soils And Plant Nutrients
(3) S - CSU

Covers soils as related to sustainable plant care. Emphasis on soil analysis, problem identification, soil remediation, soil enhancement and the soil food web.

EH 103: Irrigation And Garden Waterworks
(3) F - CSU

Introduction to the materials and methods used in landscape irrigation system design, maintenance and repair. Trouble-shooting and retrofitting systems for water conservation are also highlighted including drip and underground systems. Simple plan reading, system scheduling and controller use are reviewed.

EH 104: Landscape Maintenance
(3) F - CSU

Covers basic landscape maintenance topics emphasizing sustainable methods of enriching soil health, composting, mulching, water efficient irrigation systems, pruning, fertilization, plant selection, turf management, insect control, and weed control. Personal health and safety emphasized. Student groups develop and implement sustainable landscape projects.

EH 105: Landscape Construction
(3) S - CSU

Designed to familiarize students with basic landscape construction work, equipment and materials. Explores plan reading, grading, drainage, concrete, masonry, carpentry, electrical and plumbing, as well as C-27 landscape contractor's license requirements, business practices and legalities of this specialty.

EH 106: Greenhouse/Nursery Operations And Practices, Plant Propagation And Plant Recognition
(3) S - CSU

Introduces students to the greenhouse/nursery. Plant recognition is required for indoor plants, turf/groundcovers, bedding plants and herbaceous perennials. Greenhouse management includes maintenance, management and structure development.

EH 107: Landscape Sustainability Audit & Retrofit
(3) CSU
Prerequisites: EH 104 with a minimum grade of B

Introduces students to the process of auditing an existing landscape setting for sustainability. Demonstrates methods to retrofit that landscape for greater economic, ecological and resource sustainability.

EH 109: Permaculture Design
(5) F, S, Summer - CSU

Application of ecological and environmental principles to designing human systems that are locally sustainable and require reduced inputs. The successful student receives Permaculture Design certification, recognized worldwide.

EH 110: Introduction To Horticulture
(4) - CSU, UC

Introduction to central concepts of environmental horticulture, covering horticultural practices and methods, with focus on long-term sustainability and local ecological issues.

EH 112: Ecological Restoration I
(3)

Examines the principles and techniques of regional habitat restoration. Class work emphasizes the identification, collection, propagation and care of native plants.

EH 113: Ecological Restoration II
(3)

Review of the concepts and implementation of habitat restoration. Santa Barbara region habitats studied include chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, and riparian Eco-niches. Emphasis on watersheds and riparian restoration. Principles of ecological recreation and restoration techniques include seed collection, propagation and project evaluation.

EH 126: Landscape Drafting I
(3) F, S
Skills Advisories: MATH 1 and eligibility for ENG 103

Principles of drafting and plan reading required for the landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture fields. Work includes investigating styles and designing and drafting plans, elevations and details.

EH 127: Landscape Drafting II
(3) F, S - CSU
Prerequisites: EH 126 or DRFT 126
Skills Advisories: MATH 1 and eligibility for ENG 103

Advanced principles of drafting and plan reading required for the landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture fields. Work includes site plans, elevations and details.

EH 201: Arboriculture
(3)

Introduction to the care of woody plants, including trees, shrubs, vines and palms. Covers function, structure, taxonomy, anatomy and physiology of woody plants; the effects of soil, water and fertilizer, pruning, safety, planting, early care, and diagnostics of pests and disease.

EH 202: Residential Landscape Design
(3) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Proficiency in MATH 1

Foundational course for basic skills in design and implementation of residential landscaping. Theory and practical development of skills and artforms associated with hardscape and softscape elements and plans examined.

EH 203: Pest Management
(1) - CSU

Designed for professionals or others that need to become familiar with sustainable and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques. It will help students prepare for state certification or licensing and satisfy safety requirements.

EH 204: Edible Landscaping
(1) - CSU

Reviews some 200 edible trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous perennials and includes their quick identification, care and history.

EH 205: Ground Covers and Turf
(1)

Explores the various turf selections, including sustainable turf substitutes, and groundcover plants adaptable to southern California.

EH 206: Water Efficient Landscapes
(1)

Covers the design and implementation of low water use landscapes by reviewing water-efficient plant selection, design and issues of water sustainability in landscapes.

EH 207: Small Scale Food Production
(1)

Explores the natural and sustainable techniques and skills used to produce healthy organic produce. Soil development composting, mulching, suitable vegetables, fruit trees and herb cultivation covered.

EH 208: Chumash Landscaping
(1) Summer

Covers design, implementation, and sustainable care and maintenance of local native plants of cultural importance to the Chumash people.

EH 209: California's Diverse Plant Life-Island Flora
(2)

Overview of California flora, with focus on diverse growing conditions and plant life, including geography, topography and climate and how these factors create diverse flora.

EH 211: Spring Native Flora Identification
(1) S - CSU

Examination of the identification and cultivation of native California spring plants. For use in landscaping and restoration.

EH 212: Summer Native Flora Identification
(1) - CSU

Examination of the identification and cultivation of native California summer plants. For use in landscaping and restoration.

EH 213: History of Gardens
(1) S - CSU

Introduces the student to four centuries of formal and classic gardens of Europe and the United States, as well as 200 years of Santa Barbara's horticulture heritage. Through visual media, slides and video and site visits, the elements of classic garden design are highlighted.

EH 290: Work Experience In Environmental Horticulture
(2-4) F, S - CSU
Prerequisite: Any 100 level EH class.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100; proficiency in MATH 1

Exploration of elements essential to success in the fields of horticulture, including proper work ethic, job searching and job preparation. Outside of class, students work to earn credit. Time sheets are done monthly, supervisor evaluation is required, and a three-way semester contract is developed between the student, the student's supervisor and the instructor.

EH 299: Independent Study In Environmental Horticulture
(1-4) F, S - CSU

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of a minimum of 12 units at SBCC, with a 2.5 G.P.A., and a minimum of 6 units, with a 3.0 G.P.A. within the department. For complete information, see "Independent Study" in the Catalog Index.

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