Botany/Horticultural Science I & II
(MISO3 for Ag credit – 01053/01054)
(MISO3 for Science credit – 13024/13025)
Grades 9-12; 36 weeks; 1 credit
These courses prepare students to produce greenhouse/nursery plants and to maintain plant growth and propagation structures. Topics to be covered include: soils, plants, plant identification, and plant entomology. Courses examine the importance of plant cell structures, functions of cells,plant processes, non-vascular plants, vascular plants, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and reproduction of plants. Students may be introduced to the biological, environmental, conservation, and ecological concepts encountered in our environment. Landscape design units will prepare students to design, construct, and maintain planted areas and devices for the beautification of home grounds and other areas of human habitation and recreation. These courses will reinforce and extend students’ understanding of science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture. Leadership development and supervised agricultural experience programs are also in integral part of this course.
Course Description: This is a participation oriented course focusing on the fundamental principles of horticulture. Students will be exposed to a variety of careers and to propagating plants in a greenhouse setting. Students will study botany/plant science, growing plants, the business of raising and selling plants, and small business management. Special emphasis will be placed on activities within the greenhouse setting. Students will have many opportunities to work in the operation and management of projects in a modern greenhouse. Hands-on expereinces will include computer assisted landscape design, home and business landscaping, commercial greenhouse operation, plant nutrition, landscape beautification, and community involvement through public flowerbed design and planting. Students raise a variety of bedding plants, flowers, ornamentals, and garden plants as a part of the lab activities and work on community floral projects. This class can be taken for an Agricultural credit or this class meeting the ND Lab Science requirement for student’s 3rd science credit.