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...

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

Classes

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.

This accreditation validates our curriculum, faculty, equipment, facilities and serves as a model for program improvement. The National Association of Landscape Professionals is the recognized leader in the landscape industry.

Recognized and accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Careers in the following segments of the landscape or "green" industry are available to the graduate: landscape design and installation; floral shop and garden center manager; horticultural product marketing and merchandising; greenhouse and nursery propagator of trees, shrubs, and tropical, annual and perennial plants; landscape, field, and production manager; arborist/tree care specialist; landscape foreman/supervisor; landscape designer; botanical and estate gardener; irrigation technician; horticulture product buyer; horticulturist with an institutional or government agency.

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 $63,810 in May 2015. The top 10 percent earned more than $104,710.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services12,840$33.84$70,390
Services to Buildings and Dwellings3,390$26.45$55,020
Local Government (OES Designation)800$37.51$78,020
State Government (OES Designation)740$39.09$81,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)350$41.60$86,520

Statistics reported in May 2015

Internship Requirement

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.

Read more about the required internship.

Intern using a chop saw Intern on a Power Trac machine Intern installing a retaining wall

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/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

View the entire student organizations listing or Greek Life listing.

Landscape Horticulture Technology Advisory Committee

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

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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