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Landscape (LAH)

LAH 1020  Introduction to Horticulture  (3)                                                               fall
This survey course introduces the principles and practical applications of horticulture. Students become familiar with the basic science that forms the foundation of horticulture and use this information to understand how horticulture is applied. Topics include plant classification; plant structures; plant physiology and development; plant environments; plant propagation; harvesting and post-harvest preservation; and crop improvement; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

LAH 1021  Landscape Graphics  (3)                                                                           fall
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with a broad range of graphic techniques as well as the specific tools necessary for each. Specific coursework includes an introduction to drafting; conventions of landscape and architectural drawing( including their intentions, capabilities, and use); three dimensional drawing techniques; tonal value and texture rendition; various media and their specific uses; lettering; and color rendering for presentations; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: None [Course fee: $20]

LAH 1030  Woody Ornamentals  (3)                                                                           fall
This course covers the identification of approximately 100-130 native and cultivated woody plants found in northern New England. In addition, plant characteristics, landscape use, cultural requirements, and plant associations are explored. Emphasis is placed upon both plant identification and the plant selection process. Drawing as part of learning is encouraged; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

LAH 1040  Greenhouse Management  (4)                                                           spring
This course covers the fundamentals of commercial greenhouse production. Control of the greenhouse environment and the effects this has on plant growth are stressed. Students learn about greenhouse construction, heating/cooling, growing media, fertilization, watering, pest control, and the production of container-grown crops. Laboratory exercises are conducted in the greenhouse or at the facilities of local growers; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

LAH 1050  Introduction to Soils  (4)                                                                           fall
Subject areas covered include soil formation and classification and the ways in which chemical, physical, and biological properties of soil affect plant growth. The course also deals with problems of soil drainage and the tillage methods best suited to erosion control. Students learn about soil testing and the most effective liming and fertilizing practices for economical crop production. The college and home farms are used in soil and fertilizer problem solving; 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

LAH 2010  Landscape Construction Practices (3)                                                   fall
This course introduces students to the materials and methods of landscape construction and management. Emphasis is placed on how general design intentions are developed at the plan and detail level, resolved through sound principles of construction, and professionally documented according to conventional standards. Specific coursework includes surveying; map making; construction of freestanding and retaining walls; construction of patios and walkways; grading (earthworks); and the principles of statics and mechanics as they apply to landscape design. Theory and practice are emphasized equally; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: LAH 2011 [Course fee: $20]

LAH 2011  Introduction to Landscape Design  (3)                                            spring
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles of landscape design in order to build a fundamental knowledge of, and fluency in, the issues and language of design and its application. The coursework is based on a progression of basic design principles that build to an increasingly sophisticated understanding of design and its application with a strong emphasis on the interrelatedness of architectural built form and landscape built form. Throughout the course, verbal and graphic communication of ideas and solutions are emphasized. Individual design projects are developed under faculty supervision and are then presented to a jury of faculty and distinguished practitioners. Additionally, students receive an overview of landscape architectural history and are exposed to the work of practitioners in the field; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: LAH 1021, ARC 1210, or CPM 1021 [Course fee: $20]

LAH 2012  Landscape Design II  (3)                                                                     spring
This course explores two essential aspects of landscape design: the art of site analysis and planning and the art of appropriate plant and materials selection in support of a design idea. During the course of the semester, students work on a “real world” project where they are asked to complete a thorough site analysis in preparation for the development of a working master plan. Students then develop a detailed planting and construction plan; and develop a cost estimate for the client. Throughout the semester, design composition and emphasis are stressed, as are oral and graphic presentation skills. Individual design projects are developed under faculty supervision and presented to a jury of faculty and distinguished practitioners; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: LAH 2011 [Course fee: $20]

LAH 2020  Plant Propagation  (3)                                                                                fall
Students in this course study the principles that explain and control plant propagation, as well as practice plant propagation techniques in the laboratory. Propagation by seeds, cuttings, grafting, layering, and other common methods is explored. Special emphasis is placed on the newest techniques in plant tissue culture; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: LAH 1020 [Course fee: $10]

LAH 2030  Herbaceous Plant Materials  (3)                                                               fall
The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with approximately 100 to 150 native and introduced herbaceous plants including perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs, and turf grass. Emphasis is placed upon identification; aesthetic and functional uses in the landscape; plant culture and maintenance; transplanting; and planting design and composition; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

LAH 2720  Landscape Design/Sustainable Horticulture Seminar  (2)            spring
This course is designed with a two-fold purpose: to assist all Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture students in developing the attitudes and skills essential for career success and to act as a capstone course with a focus on the many possibilities within the broad field of horticulture and design. As such, it concentrates on the following critical areas: researching the job market and targeting the specific discipline area within the horticulture/design field the student is interested in pursuing; researching the various options with that targeted field;  writing a resume and cover letter; and preparing either a portfolio, business plan, or some other significant project that demonstrates the student’s readiness to seek employment. In addition, students are introduced to a broad spectrum of practicing professionals from all walks of the landscape design and horticultural fields, which also allows for opportunities for discussion of employment possibilities. This course is designed to develop attitudes and skills essential for career success; 1 hour of seminar, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

LAH 2801/2802  Summer Internship/Internship Review  (0/1)                 summer/fall
After successful completion of the first year core curriculum, students are required to experience horticulture or design in an employment setting. With the aid of program faculty and staff, students will arrange a summer job/practicum that will broaden their understanding of real world horticulture and design. Prerequisite: Completion of the freshman year or instructor permission