Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Landscape Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Landscape students on job site

About this program

You have a passion for nature. A love of the outdoors. And you picture yourself actively immersed in your future. At Penn College, your career in landscaping awaits. Here, you’ll find passionate instructors and a community of like-minded creators. Working hands-on in our expansive arboretum and greenhouse spaces, you’ll cultivate a host of skills from CAD layout and design to installation and management.


& Only NALP Program Recognized in PA


Overall Placement

2 Hydroponic Growing Systems


  • Landscape crew leader/supervisor
  • Horticultural product marketing and merchandising
  • Landscape, field, and production manager
  • Arborist/tree care specialist
  • Additional career paths

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture (HRT101)
  • Horticulture Equipment Operation and Safety (HRT102)
  • Soils and Fertilizers (HRT110)
  • Ornamental Plants (HRT113)
  • Basic Botany (BIO111)
  • Sustainable Crop Production (HRT117)
  • Landscape Plants (HRT121)
  • Internship (HRT150)
  • Plant Propagation and Production (HRT209)
  • Turf Management (HRT216)
  • Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices (HRT233)
  • Landscape Design (HRT225)
  • Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants (HRT241)
  • Landscape Construction (HRT224)
  • Landscape Management (HRT226)
  • Landscape Accessories (HRT230)
  • Directed Landscape/Horticulture - Landscape Elective (LED)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Directed Landscape/Horticulture Business Elective (LHT) or
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)

Earth Science Center

Gain real-world experience in our five-acre arboretum and 6,500 square feet of greenhouses.


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

National Association of Landscape Professionals
Central Penn Turf logo
Creative Plantscapes, Inc. logo
Davey Tree Expert Company logo
The F. A. Bartlett Experts logo
Good's Tree & Lawn Care logo
Hershey Gardens logo
PA Department of Transportation logo
Ruppert Landscape logo
Scott's Landscaping, Inc. logo
Strathmeyer Landscape Development Corp. logo
Turf Trade logo
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Horticulture Club

Promoting and advancing the field of horticulture, this club lends practical experience in the field along with industry exposure beyond classroom learning.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Students get alumni lesson in networking, confidence

Twenty members of the Horticulture Club and faculty members Justin Shelinski and Carl J. Bower Jr. enjoyed a pair of Tuesday ...


Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

​WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction ...


Penn College’s ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation renewed

For the fourth year in a row, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Standout student featured in Lawn & Landscape Magazine

Landscape student, Kendra Snyder, was recently showcased in Lawn & Landscape, a popular industry publication among landscaping contractors and lawn care professionals. 

Check out her student spotlight

More Information

Recognized and accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Tools should not be purchased until you have consulted with your faculty adviser or have attended HRT101 the first week of classes.

View the Landscape/Horticulture Technology Required Tools

Uniform/Safety Protection (required for all labs)

  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection (ear plugs)
  • Work gloves
  • Thick sole leather steel-toe safety boots for work labs

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Whether you're a student, parent, or counselor, find out if the green industry is right for you.

Landscape Industry Careers is powered by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), an organization of industry experts who love the outdoors, relish the opportunity to enhance the environment through their daily work, and have a passion for bringing their customers’ outdoor visions to life. 

Seed Your Future is the movement to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants.

Landlovers is a website sponsored by the AmericanHort, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET).

  • Mr. Scott A Burk, Owner, Scott's Landscaping, Inc.
  • Ms. Melissa Cramer, '08, Landscape Designer, Scott's Landscaping, Inc.
  • Mr. Michael Derk, President, Creative Plantscapes Inc.
  • Mr. Todd Grace, Lawn Care Technician, Good's Tree & Lawn Care
  • Mr. Ian Groy, '01, Arborist Representative, The F. A. Bartlett Experts
  • Mr. Adrian S Karver, Area Manager/Branch Safety Coordinator, Ruppert Landscape
  • Mr. Todd Mason, '91, Key Account Manager - Turf and Ornamental, Turf Trade
  • Mr. Steven Nagy, Foreman, Consulting Arborist, Recruiting/Trainer, Davey Tree Expert Company
  • Ms. Alyssa Richner, '10, Gardener, M. S. Hershey Foundations/Hershey Gardens
  • Mr. Justin Rinehimer, '17, '18, Owner, Stubbs Landscaping
  • Mr. Brett T Runkle, '94, Roadside Specialist, PA Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Aaron M Shippling, '82, Turf Care Specialist, Central Penn Turf
  • Mr. Gerrit Strathmeyer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Strathmeyer Landscape Development Corp.
  • Mr. Jeff Walizer, '93, Design/Sales, Creative Plantscapes, Inc.

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

SASC, Rm. 1077
800.367.9222 ext. 7515