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What will I learn?

Environmental Horticulture (EH) teaches students the skills and knowledge required for success in the professions of landscape maintenance, landscape design, permaculture, nursery and greenhouse work, and ecological restoration. The program encourages professional standards, a strong work ethic and environmentally sound practices. Horticulture industry professionals from the local community serve as members of the EH Department’s Advisory Committee, providing guidance and expertise in enhancing the EH program’s curriculum to ensure students are receiving up-to-date knowledge and skills needed to garner positions in the industry. Through field trips and professional guest speakers, students have a chance to meet actual horticulture businesses and meet industry professionals. This helps prepare the student for future work and lays the groundwork for student’s professional horticulture contacts--many landscape industry employers, in search of energetic and skilled apprentices, contact the department when looking for new apprentices, interns and employees.

Learning Outcomes: Identify common native and ornamental landscape plants; Conduct a landscape assessment for ecological and economic sustainability; Trouble-shoot pest, water, soil and location problems of landscape plants and plantings; Provide recommendations for enhancing health of landscape trees, shrubs, other plants and soils; Describe and implement both conventional and organic methods of landscape maintenance and care; Design, plan and install basic irrigation systems; Design, plan and install basic hardscape elements; Utilize basic propagation methods to produce landscape plants; Demonstrate a strong work and personal ethic through care of horticultural tools and facilities, and through care of personal health during horticultural practices; Experience supervised, hands-on horticultural work; Demonstrate proficiency in native plant ecology and restoration; Demonstrate basic skills in landscape design.

Which department am I in?

Santa Barbara City College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,192.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $383 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,532 (4 units @ USD $383 per unit) 
Application deadline

1 November 2022, 15 June 2023

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Drive,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93109, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,192.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $383 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,532 (4 units @ USD $383 per unit) 
Application deadline

1 November 2022, 15 June 2023

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

Wake Campus

300 N. Turnpike Road,

SANTA BARBANA,

California,

93111, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better. Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

For international students

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

English Proficiency: TOEFL: PBT 450, CBT 160, IBT 60; iTEP: 3.0; IELTS: 5.5; IGCSE: C; GTEC CBT: 1030; Pearson Test of English: 45; PTE Academic: 44; STEP-Eiken: Grade Pre-1.

Application deadlines: Fall Semester: June 15; Spring Semester: November 1; Summer Session: May 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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