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Landscape Horticulture Associate Degree

Program Code: 100014

Professionals are needed to design, install and maintain exceptional landscapes. As a Landscape Horticulture graduate, you can work with plants that are commonly used in landscapes, design landscapes, build and install hardscapes and plants, write cost estimates, perform ground maintenance, safely operate landscape and construction equipment, and have a working knowledge of the safe use of pesticides. Plus you can propagate, grow, and sell all types of ornamental and greenhouse plants. You will hone your skills in NWTC's Landscape Horticulture Learning Center located right on the Green Bay Botanical Garden grounds, giving you the unique opportunity for hands-on learning on a 47-acre ornamental lab with display gardens and natural areas. NWTC's Landscape Horticulture Associate Degree is the only Wisconsin program hosted by an accredited college that is located on a botanical garden site.

Follow Your Path

• All credits in the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Landscape Installation, 610012
Some of the credits in the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Greenhouse Growers, 900012
• Plant Healthcare Management, 900015


Employment Potential

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

Landscape Horticulture Technician: works with plants that are commonly used in landscapes, designs landscapes; builds and installs hardscapes and plants; writes cost estimates, 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
• Nursery or Greenhouse Grower
• Turf Technician or Interior Plantscaper


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).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Landscape Horticulture associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
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.
10-001-158 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)
10-001-117 APPLIED BOTANY ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of taxonomy, plant morphology, plant physiology, reproductive processes and environmental interactions.
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.
10-606-127 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: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
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)
10-001-180 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.
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)
10-001-116 HORTICULTURAL SOILS ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of soil formation, fertility, evaluation, sound management practices and alternative mediums. (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Intro)
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)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arithmetic score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 573; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
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; 10-001-117, Applied Botany; 10-001-116, Horticultural Soils; 10-001-154, Turf Management; 10-001-180, Landscape Installation Intro
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)
10-001-108 PLANT PROPAGATION ...plant propagation and production techniques. (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Intro to Horticulture)
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; 10-001-117, Applied Botany; 10-001-116, Horticultural Soils)
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)
10-104-191 CUSTOMER SERVICE ...examine customer service culture, develop communication and listening skills, explore diversity in the workplace, develop skills for handling challenging customers, and explore the impact of technology on customer service and engagement.
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: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 260; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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)
10-001-141 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.
10-001-184 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)
10-001-130 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)
10-809-172 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: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

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.


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