Applied Plant Science is an all-encompassing major, you learn how to arrange flowers, landscape, and identify plants. Along with that some students choose to learn how to care and assemble their equipment. Brother Maughan teaches the small engines and compact equipment classes where students can learn the basics and more details about certain equipment.
The small engines class is for anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to care for, assemble, dissemble, and troubleshoot engines. No experience required! This skill is very helpful not only to mechanics but to everyday lawnmower users. Students work in groups as well as on their own to fix, clean, and assemble new and used engines. This class is very useful for future jobs and future home life.
Compact equipment is a little more complicated class. It is a project based class where students get to choose any type of equipment less than 50 horsepower and work on it for the semester. Some students work on go-karts, tractors, snowmobiles, and various other equipment. In this class they also work and learn about electrical, power trains, and hydraulics found on compact equipment.
In these classes students learn about the mechanics of the machinery they will be using. The classes do get pretty entertaining. Some days they pull out the grill and just have hamburgers! Majoring in Applied Plant Science always has more perks than just receiving an education.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.