Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Landscape Emphasis
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

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
  • sustainability
  • 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 of this program will have the skillset required to sit for the PA Certified Horticulturist (PCH) exam and the PA Pesticide Certification exam.

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...

Program Specs

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College-owned Landscape/Horticulture Technology equipment kept at the Earth Science Center.
Student using DynaSCAPE computer aided software.
Students working on Remembrance Garden on main campus

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 National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET).

The National Association of Landscape Professionals 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 National Association of Landscape Professionals evaluation team praised the faculty for an excellent program and the College for its commitment to the future.

"We are pleased that the National Association of Landscape Professionals 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."

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Program accreditation.

After graduation

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, the median annual wage for landscape architects was $64,790 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,980.The top 10 percent earned more than $104,360.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services9,550$33.83$70,360
Services to Buildings and Dwellings3,350$26.64$55,410
Local Government (OES Designation)730$41.52$86,370
State Government (OES Designation)510$40.61$84,480
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores420$26.07$54,230

Statistics reported in May 2013

Internship Requirement

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
  • Brickman
  • Eaton Farms
  • TruGreen Landcare
  • Moon Nurseries of MD
  • Denison Landscaping and Nursery, Inc.

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

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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.

Required Tools

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

Horticulture Club

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Landscape/Horticulture Technology Advisory Committee

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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.

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