female student amongst plants

The Landscape Contracting and Management Degree develops a student's ability to design, implement, and maintain landscape projects.  Students build professional skills in plant healthcare, design, estimating, installation, and project management while earning an Associate’s in Applied Science Degree.  Landscape contracting graduates are well-placed to work in the growing field of sustainable landscaping, or enter a Bachelors program in Horticulture or related field.

For more information about Horticulture, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: HORT.AAS.LAND

Program Requirements
Select one of the following:4-5
Environmental Biology
Principles of Biological Science
Survey of General Chemistry
HORT 1100Introduction to Horticulture3
HORT 1101Soils and Fertilizers3
HORT 1109OSHA 10-Hour Landscape Safety1
HORT 1111Landscape Design I3
HORT 1112Landscape Maintenance3
HORT 1113Landscape Construction3
HORT 1114Irrigation & Water Management3
HORT 1130Horticulture Business3
HORT 2211Computer-Aided Drafting for Landscape3
HORT 22133D Landscape Design3
HORT 2231Turf Science and Management3
HORT 2235Landscape Estimating and Bidding3
HORT 2241Landscape Plants I3
HORT 2242Landscape Plants II3
HORT 2251Plant Pathology3
HORT 2261Entomology for Horticulture3
HORT 2863Internship (Career & Technical Ed)3
ECONO 2201Macroeconomics and the Global Economy3
or ECONO 2202 Microeconomics and the Global Economy
MATH 1104Mathematics for Horticulture3
General Education
Select six credits of Communications courses6
Select three credits of Humanities & Fine Arts courses (SPANISH 1116 Spanish for Horticulture Recommended)3
Program Electives
Select a minimum of three credits from the following:3
Applied Plant Taxonomy
Spanish for Horticulture
Landscape Lighting
National Collegiate Landscape Competitions
Water Use/Conservation in the Landscape
Landscaping for Wildlife
Introduction to Green Roofs
Landscape Graphics
Sustainable Landscape Design
Landscaping for Pollinators
Perennial Plant Communities I
Power Equipment Electrical Systems
2-Cycle Small Engine Repair/Maintenance
4-Cycle Small Engine Repair/Maintenance
Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting For Landscape
Advanced 3D Landscape Design
Plant Propagation
Ornamental Grasses
Herbaceous Perennials
Perennial Plant Communities II
Perennial Plant Communities Stewardship
Interior Plant Identification & Design
Landscape Design II
Total Credits71-72

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENGLI 1101
English Composition I
or Workplace Writing
HORT 1100 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 1109 OSHA 10-Hour Landscape Safety 1
HORT 1101 Soils and Fertilizers 3
HORT 1111 Landscape Design I 3
HORT 1130 Horticulture Business 3
Second Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Small-Group Communication  
Introduction to Business Communication  
MATH 1104 Mathematics for Horticulture 3
HORT 1113 Landscape Construction 3
HORT 2211 Computer-Aided Drafting for Landscape 3
BIOLO 1151
Principles of Biological Science
or Survey of General Chemistry
Summer Semester
HORT 1114 Irrigation & Water Management 3
HORT 2231 Turf Science and Management 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
Third Semester
ECONO 2201
Macroeconomics and the Global Economy
or Microeconomics and the Global Economy
HORT 1112 Landscape Maintenance 3
HORT 2213 3D Landscape Design 3
HORT 2241 Landscape Plants I 3
HORT 2251 Plant Pathology 3
Fourth Semester
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts (Recommend HORT/SPANI 1116) 3
HORT 2235 Landscape Estimating and Bidding 3
HORT 2242 Landscape Plants II 3
HORT 2261 Entomology for Horticulture 3
HORT 2863 Internship (Career & Technical Ed) 3
 Total Credits72

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.
  • Meet with horticulture program advisor
  • Join horticulture club
  • Participate in industry and community events
  • Begin Horticulture Portfolio

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.
  • Attend horticulture career fair
  • Visit Career Services
  • Participate in department community service projects
  • Develop/maintain horticulture portfolio

Third Semester

  • Start researching internship opportunities
  • Participate in department community service and  industry events
  • Degree audit with program chair
  • Meet with program advisor for support
  • Develop/maintain portfolio

Fourth Semester

  • Apply for graduation
  • Participate in department community service and industry events
  • Degree audit with advisor