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If you have questions regarding course requirements, you may contact:
  • David Sauter, Program Director (650) 949-7427
  • Dan Svenson, Horticulture Faculty (650) 949-7402
  • BH Division office, (650) 949-7249
  • Environmental Horticulture & Design Job Posting Board
  • Foothill College
    Main Campus Phone Number: (650) 949-7777
  • Mailing address:
    Environmental Horticulture & Design Foothill College 12345 El Monte Road Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Degree, Transfer and Certificate Programs

Environmental Horticulture & Design     2016-2017

Environmental Horticulture & Design is a broad field encompassing the functional, aesthetic, and environmentally sound creation and care of our landscapes. Students learn to combine principles of environmental design, construction and maintenance practices for urban, rural and natural landscapes. The green industry is one of the largest employers in the United States.
The Environmental Horticulture & Design Department offers an Associate in Science degree and a Certificate of Achievement. Students may also take courses in preparation for transfer to four-year institutions where they may continue their studies in horticulture, landscape architecture, and other related disciplines. We also encourage people currently working in the field to attend classes to supplement or update their knowledge. For the homeowner or the landscape professional, short courses from two to four weeks are available. More information can be found at the Environmental Horticulture & Design website at:

Career Opportunities
Examples of career opportunities include: arboriculture, environmental management, historic garden & estate management, horticultural consulting & fine gardening, horticultural therapy, interiorscaping, landscape construction, landscape design, and park and golf course management.

Units required for Major: 65
Units required for Certificate: 65

Associate Degree Requirements:
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
Core courses (41 units)
Support courses (24 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core and support courses for the degree or certificate.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Additional Comments:
NOTE: Partial or full general education waivers may be possible for people possessing an existing degree from an accredited institution or having existing college credits.

Core Courses: (41 units)
HORT 10 Environmental Horticulture & the Urban Landscape (5 units)
HORT 15 Orientation to Environmental Horticulture (4 units)
HORT 21 Plant Materials I (3 units)
HORT 22 Plant Materials II (3 units)
HORT 30 Horticultural Practices: Soils (3 units)
HORT 40 Landscape Design: Graphic Communication (4 units)
HORT 52C Horticulture Practices: Plant Installation & Maintenance (3 units)
HORT 54A Landscape Construction: General Practices (4 units)
HORT 54B Landscape Construction: Technical Practices (3 units)
HORT 54C Landscape Construction: Irrigation Practices (3 units)
HORT 60B Landscape Design: Theory (3 units)
HORT 60C Landscape Design: Irrigation (3 units)

Support Courses: (24)
Plant Material Specialization (2 unit minimum)
HORT 23 Plant Materials: California Native Plants (2 units)
HORT 24 Plant Materials: Ground Covers & Vines (2 units)
HORT 25 Plant Materials: Bamboos & Palms (2 units)
HORT 26 Plant Materials: Perennials & Annuals (2 units)

And Horticultural Skills and Plant Production Specialization (10 unit minimum)
HORT 31 Horticultural Practices: Plant Propagation (3 units)
HORT 52E Horticultural Practices: Greenhouse Management (2 units)
HORT 52J Horticultural Practices: Nursery Management (2 units)
HORT 54J Horticultural Practices: Insect Identification (2 units)
HORT 54K Horticultural Practices: Weed Identification (2 units)
HORT 80A Environmental Horticulture Fall Skills (2 units)
HORT 80B Environmental Horticulture Winter Skills (2 units)
HORT 80C Environmental Horticulture Spring Skills (2 units)
HORT 80D Environmental Horticulture Summer Skills (2 units)

And Career-Focus Specialization (10 unit minimum)
HORT 43 The Timeless Garden (3 units)
HORT 45 Vectorworks for Landscape Designers (3 units)
HORT 52G Horticultural Practices: Turfgrass Management (3 units)
HORT 52H Horticulture Practices: Integrated Pest Management (3 units)
HORT 54D Landscape Construction: Applied Practices (2 units)
HORT 55A Green Industry Management: Business Practices (3 units)
HORT 60D Landscape Design: Planting (3 units)
HORT 60F Landscape Design: Process (3 units)
HORT 60G Landscape Design: Intermediate Computer Applications (3 units)
HORT 60J Sketchup for Landscape Designers (3 units)

And Short Course Specialization (2 unit minimum)
HORT 90A Container Plantings in the Landscape (1 unit)
HORT 90C Garden Ponds & Water Features (1 unit)
HORT 90E Horticultural & Landscape Photography (1 unit)
HORT 90F Landscape Design: Basic Principles (1 unit)
HORT 90G Landscape Design Forum (1 unit)
HORT 90H Landscape Lighting (1 unit)
HORT 90I Landscape Sustainability Practices (1 unit)
HORT 90K Landscaping with Edibles (1 unit)
HORT 90L Plant Propagation: Basic Skills (1 unit)
HORT 90M Plant Nutrition & Fertilization (1 unit)
HORT 90N Plant Materials: Fall Color (1 unit)
HORT 90P Pruning: Basic Skills (1 unit)
HORT 90Q Residential Irrigation Systems (1 unit)
HORT 90R Seasonal Floral Design (1 unit)
HORT 90S Sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IMP) (1 unit)
HORT 90U Landscape Design: Perspective Sketching (1 unit)
HORT 90V Sustainable Organic Gardening (1 unit)
HORT 90X Water Conservation in Landscape Design (1 unit)
HORT 90Y Cacti & Succulents (1 unit)
HORT 90Z Ornamental Grasses (1 unit)
HORT 91A Composting Theory & Techniques (1 unit)
VITI 90B Vineyard Establishment (2 units)
VITI 90C Vineyard Management (2 units)
VITI 90D Vine Pruning (1 unit)

Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Horticulture & Design
The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core and support courses. General education courses are not required.

Academic Year: 2016-2017
Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2016-05-09 10:33:06

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Horticulture Residential Employment

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