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General Catalog 2006-2007

Programs and Courses

Agribusiness and Urban Horticulture

General Information

For Information: Mike Gillispie
Phone: 623.845.3168

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Agribusiness - Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Agribusiness sales and service employment is in non-farming agricultural occupations such as agricultural machinery and equipment, agricultural chemicals, animal feeds and supplies, and the production and marketing of farm products. Most of the effort to increase farm output will probably be borne by agribusiness. Since farm output will be higher there will be more work to do in preparing and marketing grains, meats, sugar, and all other products that farmers produce.

Program Description: This program is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in agricultural business occupations. The program also provides a broad base for advanced studies and specialization at a senior institution. Students should see an Agriculture advisor in selecting courses for their specific interest areas.

Transferability: General transferability of agriculture courses into ASU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Division of Agriculture, and into University of Arizona's College of Agriculture.

Note: Required courses may not be available every semester, students, degree seeking or transfer, should consult with a department advisor in planning their academic schedule in order to complete degree requirements in an expedient manner. To complete this program, students may be required to take both day and evening courses.

Required Courses: (22-24 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses category.

AGB132 Agribusiness Accounting & Office Management
AGL185 Establishing and Running an Agribusiness
AGS164 Plant Growth & Development
AGS260 Origin and Composition of Soils
BPC101AA Introduction to Microcomputers I: IBM
CIS114AE Excel: Level I (1) OR
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations (3)
ECN111 Macroeconomic Principles
MKT271 Principles of Marketing
3 credits
3
4
4
1
1
1-3
3
3

Restricted Electives: (18 credits)

AGS186 Greenhouse Management and Construction
AGS261 Soil Fertility and Management
AGS264 Irrigation and Water Management
AGS266 Urban Insect Control
AGS267 Weeds and Plant Diseases of Arizona
AGS284 Lawn and Turf Care
GBS151 Introduction to Business
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business
3 credits
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

General Education Requirements: (25 credits)

Core: (15 credits)
First-Year Composition:
+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) and
+ ENG102 First-Year Composition (3)
Oral Communication:
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) or
COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) or
+ COM225 Public Speaking (3) or
+ COM230 Small Group Communication (3)
Critical Reading:
+ CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) or
+ CRE111 Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3)
Mathematics:
MAT102 Mathematical Concepts/Applications (3) or
+ MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) or Equivalent


6 credits


3




3


3


Distribution: (10 credits)
Humanities and Fine Arts:
Any approved course, see here.
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Any approved course, see here.
Natural Sciences:
BIO102 General Biology (Non-Majors) Additional Topics (4) or BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I (4) or
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3) and
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) or
+ CHM151 General Chemistry I (3) and
+ CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)


3 credits

3

4

 

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Urban Horticulture - Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Urban Horticulture employment is in non-farming agricultural occupations such as greenhouse and nursery management, commercial and residential landscaping, and parks and golf course maintenance. As the Phoenix area becomes more urbanized there will be an increased need for specialized services in the broad field of Urban Horticulture.

Program Description: The Urban Horticulture AAS program emphasizes the technology of production and management. The program is designed to prepare students for employment as technicians, managers, or owners in nurseries or landscape construction companies. There are also opportunities in parks and golf course maintenance. In addition, the program prepares students for jobs with government agencies or other agencies involved with the technical phases of the urban horticulture industry.

Three specialized tracks are available: Landscape Design and Installation, Nursery Operations, and Landscape Management. The tracks require varying credits of coursework.

Accreditation:

  • Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association
  • Arizona Nursery Association
  • Arizona Structural Pesticide Certification Program
  • Cactus Pine Golf Course Superintendants Association
  • Certified Turfgrass Professional

Note: Due to limited availability of courses, students should consult with a department advisor in planning their academic schedule in order to complete degree requirements in an expedient manner.

Required Courses: (37-41 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses category.

All Students must complete the following Core credits:

AGB130 Establishing and Running an Agribusiness
AGL189 Landscape Design I
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification and Use (3) or
AGS183AA Urban Plant Identification and Use: Trees (1) and
AGS183AB Urban Plant Identification and Use: Shrubs (1) and
AGS183AC Urban Plant Identification and Use:
                      Vines, Flowers, Groundcovers (1)
AGS192 Urban Plant Care (3) or
AGS192AA Urban Plant Care: Site Analysis,
                      Plant Selection and Requirements (1) and
AGS192AB Urban Plant Care:
                      Maintenance of Urban Plants (1) and
AGS192AC Urban Plant Care:
                      Diagnosing and Curing Plant Problems (1)
AGS260 Origin and Composition of Soils
AGS267 Weed and Plant Diseases of Arizona
BPC101AA Introduction to Microcomputers I: IBM
CIS114AE Excel: Level I

3 credits
3
4




3
3





3
4
3
1
1

Students must complete One of the following tracks:

Landscape Design and Installation: 12-15 credits
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques
+ AGL282/CAD269 Landscape Computer Aided Design
AGS182 Gardening Practices and Techniques (2) or
AGS182BA Gardening Practices and Techniques Part I (1) &
AGS182BB Gardening Practices and Techniques Part II (1)
AGS264 Irrigation and Water Management
AGS___ Any AGS course approved by department advisor

3 credits
3


2
3
1-4

Nursery Operations: 13-16 credits
AGS186AA Greenhouse Management and Construction
AGS187 Indoor Foliage Plants
AGS266 Urban Insect Control
AGS285 Propagation of Horticultural Plants (3) or
AGS285AA Propagation of Horticultural Plants Structures,
                      Media and Management (1) and
AGS285AB Propagation of Horticultural
                      Plants from Seeds (1) and
AGS285AC Propagation of Horticultural
                      Plants by Asexual Methods (1)
AGS___ Any AGS course approved by department advisor


3 credits
3
3






3
1-4


Landscape Management: 12-15 credits
AGS182 Gardening Practices and Techniques (2) or
AGS182BA Gardening Practices and Techniques Part I (1) &
AGS182BB Gardening Practices and Techniques Part II (1)
AGS187 Indoor Foliage Plants
AGS261 Soil Fertility And Management
AGS284 Lawn and Turf Care
AGS___ Any AGS course approved by department advisor




2 credits
3
3
3
1-4

Restricted Electives: (0-2 credits) Credits

AGS___ Any AGS course approved by department advisor

0-2

General Education Requirements: (25 credits)

Core: (15 credits)
First-Year Composition:
+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) and
+ ENG102 First-Year Composition (3)
Oral Communication:
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) or
COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) or
+ COM225 Public Speaking (3) or
+ COM230 Small Group Communication (3)
Critical Reading:
+ CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) or
+ CRE111 Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3)
Mathematics:
MAT102 Mathematical Concepts/Applications (3) or
+ MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) or Equivalent


6 credits


3




3


3


Distribution: (10 credits)
Humanities and Fine Arts:
Any approved course, see here.
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Any approved course, see here.
ECN111, Macroeconomics, is recommended
Natural Sciences:
BIO102 General Biology (Non-Majors) Additional Topics (4) or BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I (4) or
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3) and
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) or
+ CHM151 General Chemistry I (3) and
+ CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)


3 credits

3


4

 

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Landscape Design and Installation Certificate

Program Description: This certificate prepares students for entry level employment in landscape design or landscape and irrigation construction.

Required Courses: (18-21 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses category.

AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques
AGL189 Landscape Design I
+ AGL282/CAD269 Landscape Computer Aided Design
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification and Use
AGS264 Irrigation and Water Management
AGS___ Any AGS course approved by department advisor
BPC101AA Introduction to Computers I
BPC/CIS114AE Excel: Level I

3 credits
3
3
3
3
1-4
1
1

 

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Landscape Management Certificate

Program Description: This certificate prepares students for entry level employment in landscape management work. Course work includes lawn and turf care, fertilization, arid landscape plants, weed and plant disease control, and indoor foliage plant installation and care.

Required Courses: (15-18 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses category.

AGS182 Gardening Practices and Techniques (2) or
AGS182BA Gardening Practices and Techniques Part I (1) &
AGS182BB Gardening Practices and Techniques Part II (1)
AGS187 Indoor Foliage Plants
AGS188 Arid Landscape Plants (3) or
AGS188AA Arid Landscape Plants: Trees (1) and
AGS188AB Arid Landscape Plants: Shrubs (1) and
AGS188AC Arid Landscape Plants:
                      Vines, Flowers, Groundcovers (1)
AGS261 Soil Fertility And Management
AGS284 Lawn and Turf Care
AGS___ Any AGS course approved by department advisor



2 credits
3




3
3
3
1-4

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Nursery Operations Certificate

Program Description: This certificate prepares students for entry level employment in nursery and greenhouse work. Course work includes propagation, insect control, and greenhouse management practices.

Required Courses: (13-16 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses category

AGS186AA Greenhouse Management and Construction
AGS187 Indoor Foliage Plants
AGS266 Urban Insect Control
AGS285 Propagation of Horticultural Plants (3) or
AGS285AA Propagation of Horticultural Plants Structures,
                      Media and Management (1) and
AGS285AB Propagation of Horticultural Plants
                      from Seeds (1) and
AGS285AC Propagation of Horticultural Plants
                      by Asexual Methods (1)
AGS___ Any AGS course approved by department advisor

3 credits
3
3






3
1-4

 

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Course Descriptions

Course Availability: (F) Fall, (S) Spring, (D) Day, (E) Evening, (Su1) Summer 1, (Su2) Summer 2, (O) Occasionally, (+) indicates course prerequisities

Agribusiness (AGB)

AGB130 Establishing and Running an Agribusiness / 3 credits 3 periods
Basic principles used in establishing and running an Agribusiness. Emphasis on business requirements to maintain a business enterprise in Arizona. Prerequisites: None. (S)

AGB132 Agribusiness Accounting and Office Management / 3 credits 3 periods
Practical uses of accounts and records with emphasis on accounting principles and analysis of the agricultural business. Business management procedures including appointment scheduling, client relations, fees, accounts, and daily bookkeeping. Includes resume writing and interview techniques. Prerequisites: None.

AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations / 3 credits 6 periods
Agribusiness operations for solving, forecasting and projecting agribusiness problems, agribusiness communications, accounting systems and database use. Prerequisites: None.

AGB290 Internship / 3 credits 6 periods
Supervised field training for Agribusiness students with local industry businesses. Prerequisites: Student shall be in final semester before graduation and departmental approval. (F,S)

Agricultural Landscape (AGL)

AGL181
Landscape Construction Techniques / 3 credits 6 periods
The methods used in site preparation, installation of edgings, construction of walks, patios and decks, installation of sprinkler systems, rockscapes and the planting of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and lawns. Prerequisites: None. (S)

AGL184
Landscape Drafting and Design I / 2 credits 4 periods

Basic principles of landscape design including drafting and design techniques commonly used in the field of landscaping. Emphasis on simple working drawings and detailed views, symbols, lettering, and drafting standards. Prerequisites: None. (F)

AGL189
Landscape Design I 3 credits / 6 periods

Beginning landscape design with emphasis on developing drawing and drafting skills needed to create freehand drawings,landscape graphics, detail views, symbols, legends, lettering specifications and drafting standards. Introduction to basic principles of landscape design. Prerequisites: None. (F)

AGL282
Landscape Computer Aided Design / 3 credits 6 periods

Computer-aided landscape design, site layout and analysis, landscape design modeling, graphics, sprinkler design, detail drawings, landscape legends, sectional and 3-D views, E-Z estimate and Database use. Prerequisites: ([AGB139 or (BPC101AA, BPC/CIS114AA,and BPC117AD), or (CAD120 and CAD125)], and AGL189), or permission of instructor.

AGL283
Landscape Drafting and Design II / 2 credits 4 periods

The principles of landscape design with emphasis on detail drawing, design process, graphic communication, and the use of plant materials relating to landscape design. Prerequisites: AGL184. (O)

AGL298
Special Projects / 1-3 credits

Organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student. Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance. Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use. Allows the best aspects of independent study and individualized learning to be combined to maximize student development. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or instructor. (O)

Agricultural Science (AGS)

AGS164
Plant Growth and Development / 4 credits 6 periods

Principles of growth in relation to seed germination, emergence, growth and reproduction processes of plants and the environmental influences on plant growth processes. Prerequisites: None. (F,D,E)

AGS166
Aquaculture / 3 credits 5 periods
Establishment, care, selection, equipment, and facilities for commercial raising of animals and plants that live in water. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

AGS168
Grounds Equipment Management / 3 credits 5 periods

Selection, use and maintenance of grounds equipment, including both manual and power equipment. Prerequisites: None.

AGS182
Gardening Practices and Techniques / 2 credits 2 periods

Cultural practices of vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants as they relate to organic and inorganic gardening. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

AGS182BA
Gardening Practices and Techniques Part I / 1 credit 1 period

Cultural practices of vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants as they relate to organic and inorganic gardening. Prerequisites: None.

AGS182BB
Gardening Practices and Techniques Part II / 1 credit 1 period

Cultural practices of vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants as they relate to organic and inorganic gardening. Prerequisites: None.

AGS183
Urban Plant Identification and Use / 3 credits 3 periods

Identification, growth, cultural requirements, uses, maintenance and care of landscape trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers commonly used in Arizona. Prerequisites: None. (S,D,E)

AGS183AA Urban Plant Identification and Use: Trees / 1 credit 1 period
Emphasis on trees commonly used in cityscapes in the Southwest. Review of their origin, cultural requirements, uses, required maintenance, benefits and disadvantages. Identification, planting procedures, water and nutritional requirements are covered. Prerequisites: None.

AGS183AB
Urban Plant Identification and Use: Shrubs / 1 credit 1 period

Emphasis on shrubs commonly used in cityscapes in the Southwest. Review of their origin, cultural requirements, uses, required maintenance, benefits and disadvantages. Identification, planting procedures, water and nutritional requirements are covered. Prerequisites: None.

AGS183AC
Urban Plant Identification and Use: Vines, Flowers, Groundcovers
1 credit 1 period

Emphasis on groundcovers, annuals, perennials and vines commonly used in cityscapes in the Southwest. Review of their origin, cultural requirements, uses, required maintenance, benefits and disadvantages. Identification, planting procedures, water and nutritional requirements covered. Prerequisites: None.

AGS186AA
Greenhouse Management and Construction / 3 credits 3 periods
Principles and practices of greenhouse operation; control of environmental factors, and cultural practices affecting the production of greenhouse crops. Prerequisites: None. (F,D,E)

AGS187
Indoor Foliage Plants / 3 credits 3 periods

Environmental and nutritional requirements for foliage plants used for interior decoration. Includes identification, nomenclature, and uses. Prerequisites: None. (O)

AGS188
Arid Landscape Plants / 3 credits 6 periods

Provides information on currently propagated Xerophytes available in southern Arizona. Shows how each can be applied to specific desert landscape situations. Considers identification, cultural requirements, and physical characteristics related to landscape design. Prerequisites: None.

AGS188AA
Arid Landscape Plants: Trees / 1 credit 2 periods

Emphasis on trees used for aridscapes in the Southwest. Review of trees origin, use, requirements and identification. Prerequisites: None.

AGS188AB
Arid Landscape Plants: Shrubs / 1 credit 2 periods

Emphasis on shrubs used for aridscapes in the Southwest. Review of shrubs origin, use, requirements and identification. Prerequisites: None.

AGS188AC
Arid Landscape Plants: Vines, Flowers, Groundcover / 1 credit 2 periods

Emphasis on groundcovers, vines, annuals and perennials used for aridscapes in the Southwest. Review of their origin, use, requirements and identification. Prerequisites: None.

AGS190
Arid Land Plants Identification and Use / 3 credits 3 periods

Covers xerophytes common in southern Arizona and their applications to specific desert landscape situations. Identification, cultural requirements, and physical characteristics related to landscape design, including both mature plants and live containerized material. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

AGS192
Urban Plant Care / 3 credits 5 periods

Establishment, care and preservation of ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and ground cover plants used in landscape for human well-being and pleasure. Prerequisites: None. (S)

AGS192AA
Urban Plant Care: Site Analysis, Plant Selection and Requirements
1 credit 1.67 periods

Establishment of ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and ground cover plants used in landscape for human well-being and pleasure. Prerequisites: None. (S)

AGS192AB
Urban Plant Care: Maintenance of Urban Plants / 1 credit 1.67 periods

Care of ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and ground cover plants used in landscape for human well-being and pleasure. Prerequisites: None. (S)

AGS192AC
Urban Plant Care: Diagnosing and Curing Plant Problems / 1 credit 1.67 periods

Preservation of ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and ground cover plants used in landscape for human well-being and pleasure. Prerequisites: None. (S)

AGS255
Plant Tissue Culture / 3 credits 5 periods

Plant tissue culture techniques for cloning, reproduction, and manufacturing including media mixing, cell growth and development, aseptic transfer, manipulation, observation, and documentation. Prerequisites: AGS164. (F,S)

AGS260
Origin and Composition of Soils / 4 credits 6 periods

Derivation, classification, and evaluation of soils; emphasizing their chemical, physical, and biological properties in relation to plant growth. Prerequisites: None. (F,D,E)

AGS261 Soil Fertility and Management / 3 credits 3 periods
AGS261AA Fertilizers / 3 credits 5 periods

Relationship of soils, crops, and climactic factors to economic use of commercial fertilizer. Prerequisites: None. (S,E)

AGS264
Irrigation and Water Management / 3 credits 5 periods

Irrigation and drainage problems relating to pumps, motors, pipe lines, ditches, and wells in the Southwest. Installation of sprinkler, drip and sub irrigation, time clock installation and repair. Land measurement and principles of land leveling. Prerequisites: None. (S,D,E)

AGS266
Urban Insect Control / 3 credits 3 periods

The interrelationship of plant organisms, animals, and environments with insects as affected by soils, temperature, water, and agricultural chemicals. Prerequisites: None. (S,E)

AGS267
Weeds and Plant Diseases of Arizona / 3 credits 5 periods

Weed identification, relationship to competition, cultural practices, prevention, and chemical usage for control. General outline of plant taxonomy and physiology relating to chemical usage of selectivity. Diseases of plants, their life cycles, biological interrelationships, identification, and control. Prerequisites: None. (F,E)

AGS268
Insect, Weed and Pest Control / 4 credits 6 periods

Interrelationship of insects, weeds and plant diseases with the environment as affected by soils, temperature, water and agricultural chemicals. Life cycles, biological interrelationships, identification and control. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,E)

AGS284
Lawn and Turf Care / 3 credits 3 periods

Factors that affect the establishment and maintenance of turf grasses. Includes budgets, schedules and selection of equipment. Prerequisites: None. (S)

AGS285
Propagation of Horticultural Plants / 3 credits 5 periods

Principles and processes of propagation of crops using seed, budding, grafting, and cuttings in greenhouse structures and open ground. Prerequisites: None. (S,D,E)

AGS285AA
Propagation of Horticultural Plants Structures, Media and Management
1 credit 1.67 periods

Design, maintenance and repair of greenhouse structures. Principles of plant propagation media and procedures. The processes involved in nursery management, including plant care, display, and marketing. Prerequisites: None. (S,D,E)

AGS285AB
Propagation of Horticultural Plants from Seeds / 1 credit 1.67 periods
The development of seed to sexual maturity. Principles of seed development, production and handling. Prerequisites: None. (S,D,E)

AGS285AC
Propagation of Horticultural Plants by Asexual Methods / 1 credit 1.67 periods

The methods and uses of asexual propagation, including cuttings, grafting, budding, layering, and underground root and stem systems. Discussion of aseptic methods of plant propagation. Prerequisites: None. (S,D,E)

AGS290
Internship / 3 credits 6 periods

Supervised field training for Urban Horticulture students with local industry businesses. Prerequisites: Student shall be in final semester before graduation and departmental approval. (F,S)

AGS298
Special Projects / 1-3 credits

Organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student. Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance. Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use. Allows the best aspects of independent study and individualized learning to be combined to maximize student development. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or instructor. (O)

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