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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 create pencil sketching of common landscaping ideas, design landscapes, build and install hardscapes and plants, write cost estimates for labor and materials, 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

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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

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements).
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Landscape Horticulture associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-001-110
Horticulture-Intro
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-001-117
Applied Botany
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-001-158
Plant-Woody Ornamental
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-606-112
Computer Apps for Technicians
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-606-127
Landscape Dsgn Studio Intro
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-197
Contemporary Amer Society
3
10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER
10-001-116
Horticultural Soils
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-001-154
Turf Management
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-001-159
Flowers-Herbaceous
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-001-180
Landscape Installation Intro
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-606-125
Landscape Design Technology
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
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: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-001-151
Landscape/Hort Internship
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer
SEMESTER TOTAL
3
THIRD SEMESTER
10-001-109
Landscape Installation-Adv
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
OR
10-001-108
Plant Propagation
2
10-001-108 PLANT PROPAGATION ...plant propagation and production techniques. (Prerequisite: 10-001-110, Intro to Horticulture) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-001-170
Integrated Pest Management
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-001-172
Landscape Maintenance
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-001-174
Prin of Landscape Design/Graph
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-104-191
Customer Service
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Elective 1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-001-115
Landscaping-Applied
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-001-141
Horticultural Operations
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-001-184
Landscape Design Studio-Adv
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
OR
10-001-130
Plant Interior
3
10-001-130 PLANT INTERIOR ...how 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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-195
Economics
3
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
69
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.
Suggested Electives
10-090-121,
Organic
Gardening

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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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.

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