ENTR 1170 Students taking this course will learn what it takes to own, operate, and grow a small business successfully. The student will learn the personal traits and characteristics necessary to succeed in the fast-paced small business environment. This course will also examine the various ways small business can start. Some of these ways include starting a business from scratch, buying an existing business, or buying a franchise. Various case studies will be examined as to why some businesses fail, while other succeed. In addition, the student will identify their individual strengths and weaknesses and will learn which of these areas help or hinder the success of small business ownership. Although there is no way to 100% "failure-proof" a business, the student will learn the three main secrets to launching a small business successfully.
LAHT 1000 This course covers the study of biology of higher plants, including morphology, physiology, and taxonomy. Emphasis is placed on knowledge relevant to landscape horticulture. Prerequisites: None
LAHT 1010 This course covers the study of the fundamentals of soil and their use in horticulture. The course is an overview of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, their classification and management, and soil fertility. Prerequisites: None
LAHT 1420 This course presents basic concepts of growing plants under protective cover or in containers so as to better control the above and/or below ground environment. This course is applicable to anyone who grows plants in greenhouses, cold frames, interior landscapes, ornamental containers and elsewhere.
LAHT - 1700: Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems
LAHT 1700 This course explores agricultural systems from early history through current practices and beyond with an emphasis on emergent trends in urban agriculture and local food production. Students will gain an historical perspective in the development of agricultural systems, the socioeconomic influences driving our modern day food systems and its impact on human health and the environment. The emphasis of this course will be on the exploration and investigation of current methodologies in urban agriculture through research of case studies allowing students the opportunity to sharpen research skills while focusing on areas of particular interest.
LAHT - 1740: Infrastructure for Sustainable Food Systems
LAHT 1740 This course introduces students to the multitude of manmade and natural structures essential to the successful production of food crops including soil building and bed preparation, raised beds, trellising and other means of plant support, water catchment and irrigation systems, structures for season extension and protection from garden predators. Through hands-on exercises and projects, students will learn about the materials, tools and techniques used in their construction and upkeep.
LAHT - 2020: Permaculture Based Food Systems Design
LAHT 2020 This course explores Permaculture - based design principles and their application to the small-scale homestead or
urban farm. Through research and hands-on design studio exercises students will learn how to design small scale food
systems in urban environments that mimic the resiliency and abundance of natural ecosystems. Students will learn
techniques for gathering and organizing critical site information in preparation of the site analysis, program
development and a successful design solution. Information and skills learned in this course will be synthesized in a final
design project for the student's own homestead or urban farm. Prerequisites: None. Suggested: LAHT 1600: Landscape Design I
LAHT 2040 This course is designed to introduce students to sustainable practices in food crop production including the
identification of both annual and perennial species suitable for growing in the upper mid-west, propagation techniques,
cultural requirements, harvesting and storage techniques and procedures and regulations involved in bringing food
crops to market. Through both lecture and hands-on experiences in the campus greenhouse and farm, students will
plan their own garden layout, create crop production calendars, and propagate the crops they plan to grow on the
campus farm. Students participating in the on-campus internship will also have the opportunity to see their
crop production plans through to harvest and sale.
Introduction to Sustainable Landscape Practices
LAHT - 2605: Introduction to Sustainable Landscape Practices
LAHT 2605 The ability of Earth's ecosystems to sustain life as we know it is coming under increasing pressure from the demands of our consumer oriented society. If future generations are to inherit a healthy planet then we will need to rethink the way we live our lives right down to the way we landscape our back yards, school grounds and city parks. This course will introduce students to the broader concepts and definitions of sustainability - meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - and illustrate how those concepts can translate to the site specific scale and influence our approach to the design of our local landscapes. While acknowledging the underlying premise of reduced - reuse - recyle this course will introduce students to topics including landscaping with native plants, water resources management (rain gardens and shoreline plantings) green roofs and concepts of Permaculture that can be applied to future landscape projects. This course will consist of classroom lectures and fieldtrips to natural areas and built projects that demonstrate current examples of sustainable landscape practices. Prerequisites: None.