Academic Courses

Explanation of course numbering:

  • LH-001 – LH-199 – Degree Applicable, Transferable Courses*.
  • LH-200 – LH-249 – Degree Applicable, Non-Transferable Courses.
  • LH-250 – LH-299 – Non-Degree, Non-Transferable Courses.
  • LH-500 – LH-599 – Non-Credit Courses.
  • LH-800 – LH-899 – Non-Credit, Fee-Based Classes.

*Most courses are transferable to CSU, some to UC. Always check with the college to which you intend to apply.

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LH-001 to LH-199: Degree Applicable, Transferable Courses

LH-001 and LH-001E
INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURE – 3 UNITS
An overview into the exciting world of Landscape Horticulture. In this semester long introduction we will cover the principles and practices of basic landscape horticulture to include: plant structure and physiology, soils, planting and transplanting, fertilization, weed control, propagation, plant growth regulators, organic gardening, job opportunities and garden maintenance. The labs for day classes include planting, garden renovation, classroom demonstrations and field trips to well-known public and private gardens in the Bay Area.

LH-002 and LH-002E
PLANT MATERIALS: TREE IDENTIFICATION & CULTURE -3 UNITS
Identification and culture of trees in the landscape. The labs for the classes are field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes such as U. C. Berkeley, Dunsmuir House, and Mills College.

LH-003 and LH-003E
PLANT MATERIALS: GROUNDCOVERS & VINES IDENTIFICATION & CULTURE – 3 UNITS
Identification and Culture of over 100 Groundcovers and Vines for use in the landscape. Labs are field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes such as Kaiser Rooftop Gardens, Lakeside Park and the Blake Estate.

LH-004 and LH-004E
PLANT MATERIALS: SHRUBS IDENTIFICATION & CULTURE – 3 UNITS
Identification, Care and Culture of shrubs in the landscape. The labs for the classes are field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes such as U. C. Berkeley, Dunsmuir House, and Mills College.

LH-005 and LH-005E A-B
PLANT MATERIALS: CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS IDENTIFICATION & CULTURE – 3 UNITS
Identification and culture of California native trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers for use in the landscape. The labs for the day classes are field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes such as Tilden Botanical Garden, U. C. Botanical Garden and several residential gardens.

LH-5A PLANT MATERIALS: FALL NATIVE PLANT ID WITH LAB (DAY)
Identification and culture of fall native plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. The lab includes classroom demonstrations and field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes.
LH-5B PLANT MATERIALS: SPRING NATIVE PLANT ID WITH LAB (DAY)
Identification and culture of spring native plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. The lab includes classroom demonstrations and field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes.
LH-5EA PLANT MATERIALS: FALL NATIVE PLANT ID WITH LAB (EVENING)
Identification and culture of fall native plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. Slide presentations substituted for lab.
LH-5EB PLANT MATERIALS: SPRING NATIVE PLANT ID WITH LAB (EVENING)
Identification and culture of spring native plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. Slide presentations substituted for lab.

LH-006 and LH-006E
PLANT MATERIALS: HERBACEOUS PLANT IDENTIFICATION & CULTURE – 3 UNITS
Identification, culture, design and maintenance of annuals, biennials and herbaceous perennials in the landscape.

LH-6A PLANT MATERIALS: FALL HERBACEOUS PLANT ID WITH LAB (DAY)
Identification and culture of fall blooming herbaceous plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. The lab includes planting, garden renovation, classroom demonstrations, and field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes.
LH-6B PLANT MATERIALS: SPRING HERBACEOUS PLANT ID WITH LAB (DAY)
Identification and culture of spring blooming herbaceous plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. The lab includes planting, garden renovation, classroom demonstrations, and field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes.
LH-6EA PLANT MATERIALS: FALL HERBACEOUS PLANT ID WITH LAB (EVENING)
Identification and culture of fall blooming herbaceous plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. Slide presentations substituted for lab.
LH-6EB PLANT MATERIALS: SPRING HERBACEOUS PLANT ID WITH LAB (EVENING)
Identification and culture of spring blooming herbaceous plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. Slide presentations substituted for lab.

LH-007 and LH-007E
PLANT MATERIALS: CONIFER IDENTIFICATION & CULTURE – 3 UNITS
Identification/culture of conifers used in landscapes: Climate, soil, and water preferences; pests and diseases; pruning and propagation.

LH-008 and LH-008E
TURF MANAGEMENT – 4 UNITS
Identification and culture of turf grasses commonly used in the landscape. Control of turf insects, diseases and weeds; turf irrigation, fertilization, planting and establishment; cultural practices such as mowing, aeration and topdressing.

LH 009 A-B-C
SKETCHUP PRO I-II-III
LH 9A: Introduction to the SketchUp 3D drawing program: Basic operating procedures, drawing and editing tools, and 3D drawing and presentation techniques for making presentations to clients, contractors, and other professionals.
LH 9B: Continuation of Lanht 9A: Advanced SketchUp tools including rending, landform modeling, and virtual walkthroughs.
LH 9C: Continuation of Lanht 9B: Applied use of SketchUp towards the production of student’s professional projects.

LH-010
INSECTS & PESTS – 3 UNITS
Identification of insect, mite and vertebrate pests of landscape plants and methods of control.

LH-011
PLANT DISEASES & CONTROL – 3 UNITS
Identification of the most common diseases of landscape plants including the environmental diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other organisms. Methods of control for each of these diseases is also covered.

LH-012
WEED IDENTIFICATION & CONTROL – 3 UNITS
Identification of weeds in the landscape and methods of control.

LH-013 and LH-013E
ARBORICULTURE – 3 UNITS
Principles and practices in the management of trees and shrubs in the landscape to include: pruning and its applications, growth regulators, budding and grafting, staking, cabling, bracing, tree valuation, diagnosis and treatment of tree pests and problems. The labs for this class are held on the horticulture facility and at selected gardens in the East Bay.

LH-014 and LH-014E
LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION – 3 UNITS
Principles and practices of landscape construction including: Construction of fences, gates, decks, patios, walkways, retaining walls, construction tools and safety, concrete and masonry work; laws and regulations. The labs for the day classes include safety training, experience using power tools, building a selection of the above mentioned types of projects in the horticulture facility.

LH-015 and LH-15E
BOTANY FOR HORTICULTURE – 4 UNITS
Introductory study of the structure, physiology, genetics, ecology, uses of plants; labs emphasize microscopy, physiology experiments, field I.D.

LH-016
SOIL MANAGEMENT – 3 UNITS
Principles and practices of good soil management: soil formation, types of soil, chemistry involved, soil and water relationships.

LH-017 and LH-017E
IRRIGATION & IRRIGATION WITH LAB – 3 UNITS
Principles and practices of irrigation design and installation.

LH-018A
LANDSCAPE DESIGN – 3 UNITS
Introduction to the principles of landscape design (primarily residential scale). LH-018A focuses on design process and definitions, legal and ethical issues and site analysis. It is recommended that the student enroll concurrently in LH-022A.

LH-018B
LANDSCAPE DESIGN – 3 UNITS
Principles of landscape design continued.

LH-019
PLANT NUTRITION – 3 UNITS
Essential plant nutrients, deficiency symptoms, sources of nutrients, composting and cycling of nutrients.

LH-020
INTERIOR HORTICULTURE – 3 UNITS
Introduction to the identification and culture of interior plants, including planting, soils, environmental control, pests and diseases and propagation.

LH-021
HORTICULTURE EQUIPMENT OPERATION & REPAIR – 3 UNITS
Students learn basic principles of small engines operation, engine parts, scheduled maintenance, troubleshooting engine problems, performing repairs, and safety. Students learn to operate many tools powered by small gas engines, including lawn mowers, edgers, blowers, tillers, brush cutters, lawn aerators, dethatchers, chainsaws, diesel tractors, and others.

LH-022A
LANDSCAPE DESIGN LAB – 1 UNIT
Production of landscape design drawings.

LH-022B
LANDSCAPE DESIGN LAB – 1 UNIT
Production of landscape design drawings continued.

LH-023
PLANT TERMINOLOGY – 2.5 UNITS
Nomenclature and terminology commonly used in identification of plants.

LH-024
PLANT PROPAGATION – 3 UNITS
A survey of all phases of plant propagation, seeds, transplants, cuttings, layering, division and micro-propagation. Both theory and practical experience in producing plants from their beginnings to eventual marketing.

LH-025
NURSERY MANAGEMENT – 3 UNITS
Management of both herbaceous and woody crops in relation to propagation, culture, and marketing practices. Emphasis is placed on planning and scheduling. Recommended preparation: LH-01 & 23.

LH-026
PRUNING – 0.5 UNITS
Learn to prune fruit trees, roses, trees and shrubs in this intensive two Saturday class. This is a required class for all certificates.

LH-028 A-B
PERMACULTURE DESIGN – 3 UNITS
Strategies and techniques of basic permaculture design and application to design of livable human communities: Observation of natural patterns, gardening in urban settings, water/water recycling in the landscape, and commonalities with practices of indigenous peoples.
28A: Permaculture ethics and basic principles, soil and soil fertility, flood and erosion control, and synergistic plant associations.
28B: Design and assessment of landscapes, reducing waste and developing super efficient systems, advanced mulching techniques, and student designs.

LH-029
PLANTING DESIGN – 3 UNITS
This course will focus on the use of plants as landscape design elements. Topics will include ecological design criteria, functional use of plants in design, plants as spatial delineators, visual and aesthetic qualities of plants, and planting design styles. Students will complete planting design projects related to each topic and present them to the class.

LH-031
SITE OPERATIONS – 4 UNITS
Site operations and procedures common to both landscape designers and builders: Site analysis techniques, layout and staking procedures, measuring techniques, operating a transit level, cost estimating, and other tasks required to adapt a design to a site.

LH-032
DESIGNING WITH NATIVE PLANTS – 3 UNITS
Comprehensive study of the use of native plants for landscape design: Residential and commercial design applications as well as plant communities and local native plant requirements.

LH-033
DESIGN EVALUATION OF BAY AREA LANDSCAPES – 3 UNITS
Investigation of selected landscapes around the San Francisco Bay area: Planting plans and visual principles; history and conditions under which they were designed; field experience, observation, and evaluation of their success.

LH-034 A-C
COMPUTER- ASSISTED LANDSCAPE DESIGN – 2.5 UNITS
Principles and techniques of 2D and 3D computer-assisted landscape design: Layering, dimensioning, technical computations, free-hand techniques, symbol libraries, and preparation of completed designs.
34A: 2D drawing and editing tools; CAD organizational and calculation tools; personal symbol libraries; and section, elevation, and axonometric drawings.
34B: Constructing object and plant reference libraries and plant databases; layout plans and CAD perspective drawings using 2D and 3D tools.
34C: Constructing and editing 3D models and landforms and advanced rendering of landscape perspective and axonometric plans.

LH-035 A-B
ADVANCED LANDSCAPE DESIGN – 4 UNITS
Principles and practices of advanced landscape design, including site analysis, designing small public and private spaces, aesthetics, topography, and detailing of structures. Builds on the principles and techniques covered in LH 18A/B and 22A/B.

LH-036 A-C
NATURAL BUILDING – 3 UNITS
Building and design techniques which use energy-efficient, local, natural, sustainable, and accessible materials with a focus on urban applications: Historical and current uses of natural building materials, hands-on experience, guest lecturers, and tours of local projects.
36A: Appropriate site-specific materials and construction of natural building foundations and small projects (benches, ovens, walls).
36B: Site assessment, design sketches, and construction of natural building roof systems and small projects (natural plasters, rammed earth).
36C: Independent student projects and construction of natural building walls with plastering and poured adobe flooring.

LH-038 -
NATIVE PLANT HABITATS – 2 UNITS
Principles and practices of native plant habitats: Exploration of the major plant habitats in California and examples of native plants found in those habitats; study of the major components that define a plant habitat, such as climate, soil, water, exposure, plant associations, etc.; native plants recommended for various garden situations.

LH-039
PLANT MATERIALS REVIEW – 1.5 UNITS
Field review of native and exotic trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines typically used in Bay Area landscaping: Overview of recognition techniques and identification clues while studying live specimens.

LH-043
INTRODUCTION TO GOLF & SPORTS TURF MANAGEMENT – 1 UNIT
Turf design and management at golf courses, sports fields, and parks: History, evaluation and evolution of construction practices, environmental considerations in design and management, and industry trends and career opportunities.

LH-045 A-B-C
MUSHROOM CULTIVATION – 2 UNITS
Incorporation of mushrooms in the landscape and garden for food, medicine, aesthetics, soil building, composting, and bioremediation. How these organisms function similarly and differently with plants. Study of relationships with plants, taxonomy, and lore. Laboratory capture and ramping up methods, translation of lab methods to home use.

LH-048 NX
TOPOGRAPHY & SITE DEVELOPMENT – 3 UNITS
This course examines topography as a critical element in landscape design and construction. Students will learn to read and prepare topo maps, to use a builder’s level to measure elevation changes, to understand and prepare basic drainage diagrams, and to study grading and landforms as design elements.

LH-048 NZ
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT – 1 UNIT
An introduction to Integrated Pest Management as a viable alternative to pesticide use. An in depth look at pesticide alternatives. Discussion of several integrated pest management case studies and steps needed to begin an Integrated Pest Management program.

LH-048 OE
PLANT MATERIALS: MEDITERRANEAN/SOUTH AFRICAN & AUSTRALIAN – 3 UNITS
Identification and culture of Mediterranean, South African, and Australian plants used in Bay Area landscapes: Climate, soil and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems and pruning and propagation. The labs for the day classes include field trips to local gardens and arboreta to identify plants.

LH-048 OJ
CROP PRODUCTION/MARKETING/SALES – 1.5 UNITS
Plant production from seed to sale. Crop production including: propagation techniques, soil mixes, fertilizers, light and water, Sales and marketing strategies.

LH-048 OO
CYCLES OF LAND USE – 3 UNITS
Plant systems and human communities of East Bay: Integrated study (hydrology/ topography/ botany/ ecology/ resource management) of local landscape.

LH-048 OP
FROM DAMS TO GREYWATER – 2 UNITS
CA water systems and influence on regional agricultural, industrial, and urban development; resource management; sustainable water harvesting.

LH-048 OU
HORTICULTURAL HYDROPONICS
Exploration of the use of hydroponics, an alternative method to growing horticultural plants in soils: Basics of plant growth including nutrient and environmental requirements; includes a laboratory component which facilitates set-up and operation of soilless systems.

LH-050
PLANT TAXONOMY – 3 UNITS
Naming, describing and classifying of plants. Recognizes and properly explains the variation of plants and systematically organizes this information. Cataloging, identifying and classifying species used in horticulture, exotic and native.

LH-050L
PLANT TAXONOMY LAB – 1 UNIT
Practical field experience in naming, describing and classifying plants: Plant classification system used as a tool in collecting, cataloging, identifying and classifying species used in horticulture, native and naturalized; vegetation patterns and component species.

LH-051 A/D
NATURAL LANDSCAPE INTERPRETATION – VARIABLE UNITS
Dominant and typical plant constituents of each vegetation unit in California, focusing on those species currently used in the nursery industry. Merging of habitat, soil and climatic factors with plant species to establish appropriate natural and horticultural context.

LH-052 A/C
ADVANCED PROPAGATION – 2 UNITS
An in-depth study of concepts in plant propagation, which includes seeds, cuttings, layering and grafting. Field trips and guest speakers will highlight the practice of plant propagation in the nursery industry.

LH-053
ALPINES & ROCK GARDENS LAB – 2 UNITS
Observation of nature’s effect on natural rock garden formation and application of these principles in the design and installation of local artificial rock gardens. Discussion of native and exotic alpine species, natural rock garden environments, and plant habitat composition.

LH-055
HISTORY OF GARDENS AND GARDENING
Historical evolution of gardens from the earliest cultivation of plants by humans to the present day: History of the theory and practice of garden design, horticulture, and cultivation of plants (both useful and ornamental), and of the artistic, social, philosophical, and literary contexts of garden-making through the ages; examination of the lives of people who have contributed to the creation of gardens by designing them, creating and cultivating plants to grow in them, writing about them, and depicting them in art, literature and music.

LH-056 A-B-C
REGENERATIVE DESIGN
56A: Introduction to biological systems that can heal cities and its inhabitants through bioremediation, living architecture, and innovative water management: Emphasis on an overview of urban toxicology and environmental issues; regenerative design and use of plant species and systems, environmental justice, and detoxification.
56B: Introduction to biological systems that can heal cities and its inhabitants through bioremediation, living architecture, and innovative water management: Emphasis on watershed, foodshed, and airshed systems; treatment of wetlands, living structures, rainwater treatment, phyto- and mycoremediation for contaminated soils, biofiltering and tree/grass/plant selection for pollution abatement.
56C: Introduction to biological systems that can heal cities and its inhabitants through bioremediation, living architecture, and innovative water management: Emphasis on environmental microbiology; bacterial and fungal agents, soil physics and management, and overview of resources and services in regenerative design

LH-057
FORM AND COMPOSITION IN LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Aesthetic and experiential principles underlying the practice of landscape design: Form, space, unity, pattern, and scale as major factors in the development of landscape designs. Focus on aesthetic aspects as compositional unifiers and on creating and enhancing sensory experience through the manipulation of landscape forms and materials.

LH-058
CAD CLINIC
Use of the computer-assisted landscape design software Vectorworks: Reinforcement of material presented in LANHT 34A for the preparation of landscape plans in both academic and professional work; designed to increase speed and proficiency in the use of the software, including use and application of all 2D drawing, drafting and editing tools and resource libraries; and creation and management of customized resources and symbols.

LH-059
JOINERY STRUCTURES FOR LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION
Fundamentals of design and construction of small structures for the yard and garden: Focus on developing designs with structural joinery construction and joinery hand skill techniques using traditional Japanese hand tools on personal and community non-profit projects.

LH60ABC
FREEHAND DRAWING FOR LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS
Freehand drawing techniques to assist landscape designers to produce three-dimensional images of their designs.
60A: Basic line-drawing techniques including depicting profiles and texture, light and shade, toning, value, and volumes; drawing horizon-line perspective sketches, and rendering plants and landscape materials.
60B: Constructing freehand gridded perspective drawings of existing landscapes, converting plan-view landscape design drawings into freehand perspective and axonometric views, depicting complex terrain and elevation changes.
60C: Advanced freehand drawing techniques, including isometric sketching techniques, mixed-media presentations, rapid visualization methods, and presentation-quality perspective drawings.
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LH-200 to LH-249: Degree Applicable, Non-Transferable Courses

LH-201
LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE PRACTICES – 3 UNITS
Day-to-day aspects of maintenance gardening such as: Organizational skills, advertising, tool selection, generating business, estimating strategies, setting rates, client relations, efficiency strategies, and good maintenance habits.

LH-202A-D
SOIL MANAGEMENT LAB – 0.5 UNITS
This class will consist of 18 laboratory experiments based on the principles and techniques of soil management. The students will analyze soil, soil reports, and perform field tests. Plant and soil relationships will be explored through experiments. Experiments will range from simple texture tests to complex water/soil tests.

LH-203
GREENHOUSE OPERATIONS/MANAGEMENT – 3 UNITS
An in-depth study of greenhouse management and operations including construction of greenhouse structures for specific crops such as mums, cyclamen, poinsettias and azaleas, greenhouse growing media, irrigation systems, heating and cooling, and fertilization programs.

LH-204
FLORICULTURE, HYDROPONICS & CROP PRODUCTION – 2 UNITS
Principles and practical applications of commercial plant and flower production in the greenhouse industry. Emphasis on crop scheduling, greenhouse soils, watering, fertilizers, pest control and identification, post harvest handling and marketing, as well as the greenhouse environment and how it pertains to the growing of plants for profit.

LH-205
ALL ABOUT ROSES – 1 UNIT
An in-depth study of growing roses from bare-root roses through blooming roses. Includes trip to a local rose nursery.

LH-206
LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE BUSINESS PRACTICES – 3 UNITS
Business aspects of maintenance gardening: Bookkeeping, tax records, licenses, and legal matters such as contract law in preparation for the landscape contractors examination; also covers small claims court procedures.

LH-207
SPECIAL PROJECTS IN LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURE – VARIABLE UNITS
Special Projects in Landscape Horticulture: Provides hands-on experience with projects ranging from aesthetic pruning to design and installation of California native and non-native gardens as well as Master Gardener and Master Composter training.

LH-208 A-B-C
GROWING & USING HERBS IN THE LANDSCAPE – 2 UNITS
208 A: Comprehensive study of growing and using herbs for culinary, medicinal, utilitarian, and ornamental use: Herb identification and usage; planting, care, and propagation of herbs; harvesting, preparing, creating, and safely applying herbal products.
208 B: Applying the information and principles learned in the beginning section: Perform demos, presentations, and supervise the beginning level students.
208 C: Research into selected herbs, preps, or other aspects of herbology: Design an herb garden.

LH-209
IRRIGATION TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIR – 1 UNIT
Troubleshooting strategies for irrigation systems including controller problems: Repair techniques for all irrigation systems including rotor, impact, spray and drip.

LH-210 A-B-C
LANDSCAPE DESIGN FORUM – 2 UNITS
Forum emphasizing professional practices in landscape design, including review of student designs for client presentation and guest speakers in the trade:
210A: Basics of contracts and professional licensing options; development of a portfolio to market services.
210B: Strategies for estimating landscape design fees and installation costs and managing project budgets.
210C: Presenting designs to clients and planning boards; developing resource lists of nurseries, suppliers, and subcontractors; continuing education opportunities in the landscape design field.

LH-211 A-B-C
BENEFICIAL BEASTS IN THE GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE -2 UNITS
211 A: Study of the benefits of incorporating wild, naturalized, and domesticated members of the animal kingdom in the garden and landscape: Life cycles and ecological environments (aquatic, terrestrial, aerial) of animals typically encountered or used in the garden and landscape with concentration on representative species (worms, maggots, mantises, escargot, honeybees, tadpoles, birds, livestock, etc.); biological, mechanical, temporal, and other natural barriers detrimental to undesirables in the landscape.
211 B: Apply the information and principles learned I the beginning section: Perform demos, presentations, and supervise the beginning level students.
211 C: Research selected topics in applied zoology. Design a system integrating animals in the garden landscape.

LH-220
EDIBLE LANDSCAPES – 2 UNITS
Use flowers, foliage & herbs to create specialized craft projects structured to meet the needs and capabilities of special populations. Special attention will be given to crafts projects for seniors and for children.

LH-248 NH
CULTURAL GARDENING – 3 UNITS
Exploration of how culture, including one’s own, influences our relationship to gardens, food and the landscape: Investigation of the symbolic, social, and cultural role of edible gardens in diverse cultures and the recognition of how one’s own heritage can be an asset as a gardener and designer; documentation of knowledge through hands-on experience in interviewing and photography.

LH-248 NM-NN-NO
CHEMISTRY FOR GARDENERS – 1 UNIT
248NM: Principles of horticultural chemistry: Chemical concepts as they relate to the garden, the
greenhouse, landscapes, and agricultural production; emphasis on elements in the periodic table important for plant growth, soil nutrition, composting, and fruit, vegetable, and ornamental production; atomic structure and chemical bonding; laboratory work focuses on the scientific method and the periodic table.
248NN: Continuation of 248NM. Emphasis on chemical equations and calculations, units of measurement, and chemical reactions; laboratory work focuses on units of measure, and analysis of selected plant and soil constituents.
248NO: Continuation of 248NN. Emphasis on dimensional analysis, gases, liquids, solids, and acids and bases; laboratory work focuses on analysis of selected plant and soil constituents.

LH-248 NP
SOIL MANAGEMENT FOR BAY AREA GARDENS – 1 UNIT
Students will examine the importance of soil fertility, water management, and soil texture of
San Francisco Bay area gardens. In this hands- on class, students will analyze soils for
nutrients, water holding capacity, soil texture and pH. Ultimately, students will learn how to
fertilize, condition, and water their soils for optimum growth in a sustainable approach. In-lab
results of important soil parameters will be compared to results obtained from a certified lab.
Students are encouraged to bring their own garden soil samples.

LH-250 to LH-299: Non-Degree Applicable, Non-Transferable Courses

LH-250
BASIC GARDENING SKILLS / FALL – 1 UNIT
Class will cover: Plant identification, pruning, plant problems, fertilization, planting, transplanting, plant propagation, soils and plant nutrition, landscape construction, irrigation installation and maintenance, small engine maintenance and repair, tool handling, safety, and turf grass maintenance with an emphasis on garden management practices.

LH-251
BASIC GARDENING SKILLS / SPRING – 1 UNIT
Class will cover: Plant identification, pruning, plant problems, fertilization, planting, transplanting, plant propagation, soils and plant nutrition, landscape construction, irrigation installation and maintenance, small engine maintenance and repair, tool handling, safety, and turf grass maintenance with an emphasis on garden management practices.

LH-252
BASIC GARDENING SKILLS / SUMMER – 1 UNIT
Class will cover: Plant identification, pruning, plant problems, fertilization, planting, transplanting, plant propagation, soils and plant nutrition, landscape construction, irrigation installation and maintenance, small engine maintenance and repair, tool handling, safety, and turf grass maintenance with an emphasis on garden management practices.

LH-500 to LH-599: Non-Credit Courses

LH-501
URBAN COMMUNITY GARDENING – 0 UNITS
Fills a community need for education in planning, developing, implementing, constructing and maintaining Urban Community Gardens. This course is intended to provide vocational and occupational training for community members.

Please see Fee-Based Classes page.

Explanation of course numbering:

  • LH-001 – LH-199 – Degree Applicable, Transferable Courses*.
  • LH-200 – LH-249 – Degree Applicable, Non-Transferable Courses.
  • LH-250 – LH-299 – Non-Degree, Non-Transferable Courses.
  • LH-500 – LH-599 – Non-Credit Courses.
  • LH-800 – LH-899 – Non-Credit, Fee-Based Classes.

*Most courses are transferable to CSU, some to UC. Always check with the college to which you intend to apply.

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