Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Landscape Emphasis
The Landscape Emphasis curriculum offers rewarding careers to students who enjoy working with plant materials in an innovative and constructive environment. In addition to vast career opportunities, graduates may transfer into advanced-degree programs at other colleges and universities.
The coursework emphasizes:
- landscape design
- installation and maintenance of landscape materials
- turf management
- plant insects and diseases
- plant information and identification
Classroom and laboratory activities include:
- operation of landscape equipment
- landscape construction including retaining walls, walkways, patios, decks, and general landscape operations
- an emphasis on economic and environmental aspects of the industry
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment. Read more...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
An internship is required in this major.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Landscape/Horticulture Technology - Landscape Emphasis is the first horticulture degree in the state of Pennsylvania to be recognized and accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).
PLANET recognizes schools that have landscape-contracting curricula that meet or exceed industry standards. The prestigious accreditation offers scholarships to students, continuing-education opportunities for faculty development, and a wealth of online and printed resource materials.
The PLANET evaluation team praised the faculty for an excellent program and the College for its commitment to the future.
"We are pleased that PLANET has recognized the quality of our Landscape/Horticulture Technology curriculum, faculty and facilities," said Dr. Mary A. Sullivan, dean of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. "The accreditation has created additional educational opportunities for students and faculty, which will result in overall program enhancement."
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
Top paying states for this occupation are located in the northeast region of the United Sates.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median annual wage for landscape architects was $64,180 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,450, and the top 10 percent earned more than $101,850.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||9,090||$33.15||$68,940|
|Services to Buildings and Dwellings||3,160||$27.48||$57,160|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||780||$41.36||$86,030|
|State Government (OES Designation)||520||$40.35||$83,930|
|Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores||500||$26.68||$55,490|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
Read more about the required internship.
Students in this major are required to complete a 400 hour internship, that often leads to employment. It is typically done in the summer between the first and second year of coursework.
Many companies in Pennsylvania and across the country have served as internship sites, learning about the fields of landscape design, sports turf, tree care, nursery, and greenhouse.
We have had interns placed at these locations and many other businesses across the state and country:
- Bailey Nursery
- Dahlkemper Landscape & Architects & Contractors
- Eichenlaub, Inc
- Little League International
- Valley Crest Landscaping
- Bartlett Tree Experts
- Davis Landscape, LTD
- Erb Brothers Landcaping, Inc.
- Longwood Gardens
- Ruppert Landscaping
- Eaton Farms
- TruGreen Landcare
- Moon Nurseries of MD
- Denison Landscaping and Nursery, Inc.
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Tools should not be purchased until you have consulted with your faculty adviser or have attended HRT101 the first week of classes.
Uniform/Safety Protection: (required for all labs)
- Hard hat
- Safety glasses
- Hearing protection (ear plugs)
- Work gloves
- Knee pads
- Thick sole leather steel-toe safety boots for work labs
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Landscape/Horticulture Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.