General Education & Introductory Courses

The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science offers four classes that can be used to fulfill the University's General Education requirements. This is a great opportunity to meet the university requirements in a smaller classroom setting than traditional General Education Classes. There is also the opportunity to take introductory classes for elective credit or just for fun! 

General Education Classes

The World of Plants (3 cr.)

Course number: 
HCS 2200

Description: Study of the cultivation, environmental, genetic, and social/cultural factors which influence the sustainable production of plants for food, fiber, ornamental and recreational uses.

  • Semesters offered: Au and Sp
  • This is one of 3 GE Natural Science Courses offered by HCS (HCS 2200, 2201, 2202). This course has no lab.
  • Prereq: Not open to students with credit for HCS 200 offered in previous quarters.This course is available for EM credit. GE Nat Sci bio course.
Instructor: Pamela Sherratt
348 Howlett Hall
2001 Fyffe Court
Columbus. OH 43210

Ecology of Managed Plant Systems (4 cr)

Course number: HCS 2201

Course Description:  Origin, diversification, and biogeography of plants inhabiting managed landscapes.

Semester offered: Fall

Class detail: 3 hr lecture, one 2 hr lab

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 300, 300E, 310, 315, MolGen 3300, or PlntBio 300. GE nat sci bio course.

Instructor: Dr David Barker

226 Kottman Hall,




Form and Function in Cultivated Plants (4 cr)

Course number: HCS 2202

Course description: An introduction to plant growth and development with special emphasis on structure function relationships important to productivity and quality in cultivated plants.

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 300, 300E, 310, 315, or PlntBio 300. GE nat sci bio course

Semester offered: Spring


Instructor: Kent Harrison
Office: 310E Kottman Hall, Columbus
Phone: (614) 292-5056

Data Analysis and Interpretation for Decision Making (3 cr)

Course number: 
HCS 2260

Course Description: Basic concepts of probability and statistics applied to the interpretation of quantitative data.

This is a GEC Course in Section 1. Skills: B. Quantitative and Logical Skills

Prereq: Math 1130 (130), 1148 (148), 1149, 1150 (150), 1151.01, 1151.02, or 1156. Not open to students with credit for 260, AEDEcon 2005 (205), AnimSci 2260 (260), ComLdr 3537 (387), or ENR 2000 (222). GE data anly course.

Instructor: David Gardner

Office: 344 Howlett Hall, Columbus
Phone: (614) 292-9002