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

Gain skills in:
  • Wholesale production, retail sales, and marketing of horticulture crops
  • Extensive tree, shrub, vines, groundcover, and herbaceous plant identification as well as horticultural use and maintenance
  • Identifying and evaluating horticultural problems created by insects, diseases, and physiopaths and implement pest management plans
  • Sales and marketing of landscape and greenhouse plant material, including computer and internet tools for business management
  • Practices in sustainability and application in plant production

Students have the opportunity to gain experience in the hydroculture lab. This educational laboratory, promoting sustainable agriculture, will provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills for the production of  earth friendly growing environments.  

Depending on the electives chosen, students prepare for careers in all phases of the plant production industry, including woody landscape plants and herbaceous plants used in the landscape, greenhouse, floriculture, and vegetable trade. Sustainability from an environmental and economic perspective is highlighted.

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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About the curriculum

Classes

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After graduation

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Top paying states for this occupation are located in the northeast region of the United States.

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

Internship Requirement

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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

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tools

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 (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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