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Friday, December 5, 2003

A three-unit botany course will be offered this spring by Orange Coast College's Biology Department.

Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Feb. 2.

Listed as Biology 183 in OCC's schedule, the course meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:35-11 a.m.

A one-unit botany lab may also be taken with the class. Three lab sessions are slated. One lab meets Mondays from 11:10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.; a second meets Tuesdays at the same time; and the third meets Tuesday afternoons from 2:20-5:30 p.m.

The course examines the dynamics of plants and their processes. Particular attention is paid to the structure and function of living plants. The course ­ and labs ­ are taught by OCC professor of ornamental horticulture, John Lenanton. Lenanton has a degree in horticulture from Culham College in Oxfordshire, England, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in ornamental horticulture from UC Davis.

He has visited botanic gardens, nurseries and research institutions throughout the world, and has twice taught in OCC's Semester in Costa Rica Program. In the late 1970s, he taught a 30-part telecourse series, titled "The Home Gardener."

OCC's botany course is fully transferable to the University of California and California State University systems.

Spring registration is under way, and registration appointments are available in OCC's Admissions Office. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OCC's spring enrollment fees are $18 per unit. The spring schedule is listed on the college's Internet web page ( The printed schedule is available in the Admissions Office.

For spring registration information, phone (714) 432-5072.