2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Horticulture - Urban Agriculture Systems Certificate

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Program Description This certificate provides a theoretical foundation in urban agriculture through the study of environmental sustainability principles, ecology in agricultural systems, and plant and soil sciences. There is also a combined practical focus on urban agriculture production and enterprises. The production emphasis trains students to cultivate organic food crops for year-round production and harvest in the maritime climate of the Puget Sound bioregion. And the enterprises emphasis trains students to design, plan, and operate agriculture systems relevant to urban environments — including backyard, vertical, rooftop and community gardens, micro-farms, and food hubs and markets. Students explore career options and apply knowledge, skills, and techniques through internship, practicum, or research experience. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 43 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (43 credits)


  1. Describe the ecological principles that support agroecosystems at different geographic and economic scales, including the significance of plant diversity and soil properties and processes to terrestrial ecosystems and human societies.
  2. Select and grow bioregionally appropriate vegetable and tree crops according to their site-specific growth and cultural requirements within polycultural intercropping, succession planting, crop rotation, and season-extension systems.
  3. Apply whole systems and permaculture design tools to urban and small farm agriculture systems to then implement whole-farm enterprise management and business plans from greenhouse seeds to local direct market sales.
  4. Demonstrate a synthesis of existing and new knowledge and skills and the ability to work as part of a team and independently within a sustainable agriculture internship, practicum, or research work environment.

*See Program Requirements Note

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is 150K. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

The advisor for this program is:
Lorraine Brooks | lorraine.brooks@edcc.edu | 425.640.1454

Department website: 
Horticulture | www.edcc.edu/hort

*Program Requirement Note: Choose one of the following to complete Program Requirements: HORT 291, HORT 293, or HORT 294. The course you choose should be taken in the last quarter of your program.

Certificate General Information

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Program of Study Outcomes Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning; and
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

College Resources

Gainful Employment Information may be available for this program.



Dean’s Signature and Date Advisor’s Signature and Date
Eff: Summer 2017  

Internal Coding

EPC - 150K
TC - 43
CIP - 010605
Last revised - 2017/02/27

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