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Academic Program

Course Sequence

Landscape and Environmental Design

Environmental Horticulture

Environmental Science



Environmental Horticulture

Environmental Horticulture is a course focused on the science and art of cultivating plants for human and environmental benefit. Plants improve our lives by beautifying our cities with perennial gardens and parks, providing us with food through edible landscapes, shading us with urban forests, providing oxygen and reducing air pollution, and conserving energy and water resources.

Environmental Horticulture is a unique field of study because it integrates scientific study with hands-on outdoor learning. This course includes the study of botanical classification and plant identification, plant structure, plant physiology and growth characteristics, plant propagation, planting and transplanting, pruning, planting design, beneficial insects and pest management, soils and soil fertility management, organic gardening, and native plant restoration.



This course integrates the high school’s school garden, a year long habitat restoration project and an environmental service learning project.  Students take field trips to the UC Davis Arboretum and teaching greenhouses to learn about plants in the California Central Valley, the Bohart Museum of Entomology, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden featuring the world’s diverse plant communities, and the Marin Headlands Institute that teaches students about California’s coastal plant communities. This course teaches the fundamentals needed for the GEO Academy’s junior level course in Landscape Architecture, meets the G elective requirement for UC and prepares students for a four-year college and/or university who plan to major in Environmental Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science or the Natural or Biological Sciences.