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Environmental Horticulture (HUD)
Program Course Descriptions


CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
HRT101 Introduction to Turf
This course is designed to familiarize students with opportunities in the turf industry and to begin discussion of the basic fundamentals turf-grass management. Emphasis is placed on cool-season turf-grass identification, seeding, culture and maintenance. Identification and control of weed and insect pests is included.
HRT106 Landscape Installation & Maintenance
An introductory study of the techniques commonly used in the installation and maintenance of landscapes, both residential and commercial. Techniques used in the installation of turf, trees, shrubs, rain gardens, along with pruning, transplanting, mulching and fertilizing will be covered. Concepts relating to Permaculture and Sustainable Sites will also be introduced.
HRT210 Plants for the New England Landscape
A survey of horticultural plant materials suitable for the New England landscape. Emphasis is placed on identification, and plant cultural requirements. Plant form, habit, soil requirements, flowering and fruiting habist, ecological relationships and usefulness are also examined. Plant groups studied include woody trees, woody shrubs, garden biennials, perennials, bulbs, ground covers, vines, ferns, and native species.
IDS168 Exploring the Landscape of Sustainability
HRT110 Plant and Soil Science
A study of the important interactions between soils and growing plants. Basic plant structure, growth, and reproduction are considered along with plant response to environmental conditions. Soil factors affecting plant growth are covered in depth, including texture, structure, organic matter, pH and nutrients. (2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week)
HRT122 Fundamental of Plant Health
HRT201 Urban Tree Care
An introduction to modern arboricultural practices. Technical information regarding the care of ornamental trees and the trees of our urban forests will be presented. Students will expand on knowledge, skills and experience developed in the first year, including tree identification, tree risk management, arboricultural safety and Massachusetts law, disease and tree insect pest control, construction damage and pruning. (3 hours of lecture per week)
HRT230 Field Placement and Seminar in Horticulture
BUS100 Introduction to Business
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Designed to introduce the student to the various aspects of the business world. Topics include economic systems, management principles, organizing concepts, motivation theory, production and quality, marketing principles, accounting concepts, financial management and contracts. Fulfills open and business elective.
BUS112 Contemporary Organizational Communications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides students with the tools needed to communicate effectively and efficiently in a dynamic business environment. The course incorporates the latest trends in workplace communication technology to help students develop suitable business messages. Topics include: ethical and intercultural communications, business etiquette skills, composing business messages, customer service, business reports, and sales presentations. Fulfills open and business electives.
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
HRT206 Landscape Design
An introduction to landscape design including site analysis and site organization skills necessary for students to create inspired and sustainable landscapes. Students will practice skill building during studio time which will focus on the selection of design elements such as plant material, hardscapes, site furnishings and how they compliment the site analysis and stated site objectives. Lecture, discussions, demonstrations and individual critiques will be included.
IDS128 Environmental Law and Policy
CMP148 Composition 2: Writing About Literature and the Environment
Pre: CMP101 or CMP102H
Emphasis is on analytical, researched, and experiential writing based on American literary works of all genres that focus on the relationship between humans and the natural world. A range of texts will be studied.
IDS 182 Organic & Sustainable Food Production
LA-ELECTIVE 2 Liberal Arts Elective(s)
OPN ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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