Bachelor of Horticulture Science, Major in Urban Ecosystems

Intakes for this program have been postponed indefinitely.


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.

The Bachelor of Horticulture Science program has the following strengths:

  • Customized education through the selection of electives that support learner educational goals
  • Emphasis on the economic, environmental, and social components of sustainability
  • Strong connections with horticulture industry and community groups
  • Development of essential skills such as teamwork, creative thinking, problem solving, and communication
  • Capstone research courses which include business planning and the application of new skills to a community based issue
  • Required work experience in horticulture

Students may have the opportunity to engage in international studies.

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Admission Requirements

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

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Science degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher

Curricular Requirements

A minimum of 121 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including:

  • A minimum of 39 credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher, including 6 credits from research courses at the 4000 level
  • A minimum of 15 credits of Breadth electives chosen from fields or courses that are neither HORT nor prescribed within the Bachelor of Horticulture Science Urban Ecosystem Major, including at least 3 credits from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level

Urban Ecosystems Major

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credits
ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3
HORT 1102 Botany for Horticulture 3
HORT 1104 Soils and Growing Media 3
HORT 1110 Introduction To Sustainable Horticulture 3
HORT 1155 Introduction To Plant Materials 3
HORT 1217 Foundations of Plant Health 3
CBSY 1105
Computer Business Applications
or Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets
Select 9 credits of HORT electives at the 1100 or 2000 level 9
Year 2
BIOL 1110 Introductory Biology I 4
ENVI 1106 Environmental Chemistry I 4
HORT 2302 Horticulture Work Experience 1
HORT 2306 Work Experience Report 1
Select one of the following: 3
Supervisory Skills  
Organizational Behaviour  
Human Resources Management I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introductory Financial Accounting I  
Business Management in Horticulture  
Essentials of Management  
Select one of the following: 3
Landscape Pest Management  
Turfgrass Pest Management  
Production Horticulture Pests  
Select 12 credits of HORT electives at the 1100 or 2000 level 12
Year 3
HORT 3210 Applied Urban Ecosystems 3
HORT 3230 Urban Watershed Planning 3
HORT 3250 Monitoring, Inventory, and Assessment of Plant Communities 3
HORT 3251 Landscape and Environment 1 3
HORT 3270 Urban Agriculture 3
Select 9 credits of HORT electives at the 2000 level or higher 9
Select 6 credits of Breadth electives 1 6
Year 4
HORT 4231 Riparian Management 3
HORT 4252 Landscape and the Environment: Applications 3
HORT 4253 Urban Ecology 3
HORT 4440 Vegetation Management 3
HORT 4480 Society and Horticulture 3
HORT 4810 Applied Research Project 1 Horticulture 3
HORT 4820 Applied Research Project 2 3
Select 9 credits of Breadth electives, including at least 3 credits at the 3000 level or higher 1 9
 Total Credits121

CMNS 1140 may be used as a Breadth elective.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Horticulture Science, Major in Urban Ecosystems.

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