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Landscape Horticulture Program Code 100014

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Landscape Horticulture program prepares a student for employment in the horticulture industry. Instruction will focus on landscape designing, plant installation, maintenance and hardscape skills.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Landscape Horticulture Technician: performs pencil sketching of common ideas, designs landscapes; builds and installs hardscapes and plants; writes cost estimates for labor and materials, performs ground maintenance, safely operates landscape and construction equipment. Has working knowledge of the safe use of pesticides.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Grounds Manager
. Sales Representative
. Garden Center Manager
. Pest Control Specialist
. Garden Center Specialist
. Golf Course Maintenance Assistant
. Lawn Care Equipment Operator
. Turf Technician or Interior Plantscaper

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 900012, Greenhouse Growers Certificate
. 900015, Plant Healthcare Management Certificate

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Communicate within the horticulture industry.
. Justify the selection of the appropriate woody plant(s) under the given circumstances for the project at hand.
. Justify the selection of the appropriate herbaceous plant(s) under the given circumstances for the project at hand.
. Execute IPM (Integrated Pest Management).
. Prescribe and execute proper landscape maintenance plans.
. Determine nutritional requirements of turf grasses and ornamentals.
. Analyze soil and its influence on plant life.
. Design and build landscapes.
. Implement a landscape construction design plan.
. Operate a transit.
. Use carpentry hand and power tools.
. Safely operate landscape equipment.
. Operate computer hardware system.
. Develop and deliver a landscape design presentation.
. Use CAD (Computer Aided Design).
. Receive training for Wisconsin Pesticide Certification exam.
. Propagate and grow horticulture plants.
. Use masonry hand and power tools.
. Design and install irrigation equipment.
. Diagnose and treat pest problems on ornamental plants.
. Identify and maintain tropical indoor plants.
. Utilize sustainable practices and biorational controls.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements).
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: 27; Reading: 70; Writing Skills: 74. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Landscape Horticulture associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-001-110 Horticulture-Intro
10-001-158 Plant-Woody Ornamental
10-001-159 Flowers-Herbaceous
10-606-112 Computer Apps for Technicians
10-606-127 Landscape Dsgn Studio Intro
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-001-122 Fundamentals Plant Nutrition
10-001-153 Plant and Soil Science
10-001-154 Turf Management
10-001-180 Landscape Installation Intro
10-606-125 Landscape Design Technology
10-804-123 Math w Business Apps
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations

10-001-151 Landscape/Hort Internship

10-001-109 Landscape Installation-Adv
10-001-108 Plant Propagation
10-001-170 Integrated Pest Management
10-001-172 Landscape Maintenance
10-001-174 Prin of Landscape Design/Graph
10-104-191 Customer Service
10-801-136 English Composition 1

10-001-115 Landscaping-Applied
10-001-141 Horticultural Operations
10-001-184 Landscape Design Studio-Adv
10-001-130 Plant Interior
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-195 Economics


Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Suggested Electives
Spanish 1, 10-802-101
Greenhouse Grower I, 10-001-111
Plant Health Care Management, 10-001-123
Greenhouse Grower II, 10-001-112
Organic Gardening, 10-090-121


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-001-108 PLANT PROPAGATION ...plant propagation and production techniques. (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Intro to Horticulture)

10-001-109 LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION-ADVANCED...builds upon landscape construction methods learned in Introduction to Landscape Installation. Possible projects include mixed material patios, retaining walls, water features, sustainable landscape elements, rain gardens, roof gardens, wooden structures, etc. (Prerequisite: 10-001-180, Landscape Installation-Introduction)

10-001-110 HORTICULTURE-INTRODUCTION ...explore the horticulture industry, plant culture, identification, propagation, physiology, selected aspects of horticulture industry including fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, greenhouse systems, landscape techniques, home gardens, and turf.

10-001-115 LANDSCAPING-APPLIED ...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, processes and understanding of applying the course work learned throughout the two years of the associate degree program. (Prerequisites: 10-001-170, Integrated Pest Management: 10-001-172, Landscape Maintenance; 10-001-174, Prin of Landscape Design/Graph)

10-001-122 FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANT NUTRITION...fundamentals of plant nutrition, identification and analysis of the nutritional needs of plants; covers the selection of appropriate materials and application rates & methods. (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction)

10-001-130 PLANT INTERIOR to identify indoor tropical plants and blooming plants that are used in interior plantscaping. Includes identification, plant varieties, pests, diseases, and cultural requirements. Also designing with houseplants. (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Intro to Horticulture)

10-001-141 HORTICULTURAL OPERATIONS ...explore the operations of a horticultural enterprise. The focus will be on business objectives, regulations, estimating, record keeping, equipment and accepted practices. Sustainability, supervision and industry credentialing will also be examined.

10-001-151 LANDSCAPE/HORTICULTURE INTERNSHIP ...job opportunities in the field, applying scholastic knowledge to practical applications, and cooperation with an employer. (Prerequisites: Accepted to the Landscape Horticulture Program; 10-001-158, Plant-Woody Ornamental; 10-001-159, Flowers-Herbaceous ; 10-001-122, Fundamentals Plant Nutrition; 10-001-153, Plant and Soil Science; 10-001-154, Turf Management; 10-001-180, Landscape Installation Intro)

10-001-153 PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE ...addresses the unique interactions of healthy plants & soils; examines the physical, chemical, organic & biological characteristics of soils and how they impact the structure & functions of plants. (Corequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction)

10-001-154 NATURAL TURF MANAGEMENT...identification of turf grasses; course will examine natural low-maintenance turf, residential lawns and high intensity applications (i.e., golf courses, athletic fields). (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction)

10-001-158 PLANT-WOODY ORNAMENTAL ...physiology, culture, identification, and use of primarily temperate woody plant materials appropriate for landscapes in northeastern Wisconsin. (Corequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction)

10-001-159 FLOWERS-HERBACEOUS ...annuals/perennials/roses; using flowers/foliage effectively in the landscape; care of each flower emphasizing selection/tips to best utilize each flower; groundcover/vines included. (Corequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction)

10-001-170 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT...various methods to combat plant pests in an environmentally responsible manner; using biorational techniques and strategies. (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction)

10-001-172 LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE ...identifying problems and cultural challenges in the landscape; pruning techniques, insect/disease problems, weed identification; soil fertility; resolve situations in the field. (Prerequisites: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction; 10-001-153, Plant and Soil Science; 10-001-122, Fundamentals of Plant Nutrition)

10-001-174 PRINCIPLES OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND GRAPHICS...residential design methods utilizing outdoor room concepts: function, design principles, and composition in developing a landscape plan; drafting, site analysis, graphics. (Prerequisites: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction; 10-606-127, Landscape Design Studio Introduction)

10-001-180 LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION INTRODUCTION ...investigate techniques used in landscape construction practices. These include the use of specific landscape tools, plan implementation methods, preliminary site survey methods, proper planting, equipment operations & installations of basic landscape features (Prerequisite: 10-606-127, Landscape Design Studio Introduction.)

10-001-184 LANDSCAPE DESIGN STUDIO-ADVANCED ...exploration of design elements through individual practicum; survey of landscape design history, land-use planning, topographic design, structural planning of retaining walls, ornamental ponds, bioretention, lighting theory, sustainable practices and bidding procedures. (Prerequisite: 10-001-174, Principles of Landscape Design and Graphics)

10-104-191 CUSTOMER SERVICE ...develop professional telephone etiquette, explore customer service work environments, identify and analyze customer service failures, resolve problems cost effectively, set complaint policies, and develop communication techniques to handle complaining customers.

10-606-112 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR TECHNICIANS...basics of a computer system, computer terminology, the Microsoft Windows environment, file management, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

10-606-125 LANDSCAPE DESIGN TECHNOLOGY ...using computer and computer aided design software as tools for design communication. It is intended to be an introduction to the fundamental components of CAD in landscape design. Property lines, topography, site planning, hardscapes, planting plans, and section view graphics will be covered. (Prerequisite: 10-606-127, Landscape Design Studio; Recommendation: 10-606-112, Computer Apps for Technicians)

10-606-127 LANDSCAPE DESIGN STUDIO INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the techniques of hand drafting and rendering through studio exercises; drafting and sketching techniques include architectural lettering, isometric drawing, section and elevation views, using scales, rendering procedures, etc.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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