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Bachelor of Horticulture Science in Urban Ecosystems

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
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Surrey (British Columbia)
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Program description

Bachelor of Horticulture Science in Urban Ecosystems

The Bachelor of Horticulture Science Urban Ecosystems Major is the only undergraduate degree in North America dedicated to the study of urban ecosystems. At KPU, the Urban Ecosystems Major is an interdisciplinary program that combines horticulture, ecology, design, biology, chemistry, mathematics, business, and student-selected electives from the breadth of courses offered throughout KPU. Students synthesize the science and practice of horticulture to resolve community, industry, and research-related problems in urban environments. Innovation and creative critical thinking are important essential skills that students gain through applied research projects.

The Urban Ecosystems program puts theory into practice through student-led projects. We are testing and adapting ideas about urban ecosystems in real time, on the KPU Langley Campus through protection, design, and management of a living landscape. We have a 550 m2 dedicated Roof Ecosystem Research Lab where we test plants, grow food, and manage a permanent grassland habitat. On the ground, we have a 65-metre rain garden and a vertical living wall rain garden. We are actively repairing, re-indigenizing and managing 1.5 hectares of floodplain habitat alongside Logan Creek, which flows through the campus.

Admission requirements

Students pursuing a Major in Urban Ecosystems must be admitted to the Faculty of Science & Horticulture.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to University Writing
  • Botany for Horticulture
  • Soils and Growing Media
  • Introduction To Sustainable Horticulture
  • Introduction To Plant Materials
  • Foundations of Plant Health
  • Computer Business Applications or Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets

Year 2

  • Introductory Biology I
  • Environmental Chemistry I
  • Horticulture Work Experience
  • Work Experience Report

Select one of the following:

  • Supervisory Skills
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Human Resources Management I

Select one of the following:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting I
  • Business Management in Horticulture
  • Essentials of Management

Select one of the following:

  • Landscape Pest Management
  • Turfgrass Pest Management
  • Production Horticulture Pests

Year 3

  • Applied Urban Ecosystems
  • Urban Watershed Planning
  • Monitoring, Inventory, and Assessment of Plant Communities
  • Landscape and Environment 1
  • Urban Agriculture

Year 4

  • Riparian Management
  • Landscape and the Environment: Applications
  • Urban Ecology
  • Vegetation Management
  • Society and Horticulture
  • Applied Research Project 1 Horticulture
  • Applied Research Project 2

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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