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Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture
|Graduates of this program are eminently qualified for positions as landscape designers; contractors and maintenance personnel; greenhouse growers; plant propagators; perennial growers; nursery and garden center operators; salespeople for horticultural products; and technicians for state and federal regulatory agencies. Projected job growth is excellent and there is a steady trend toward higher salaries and benefits in this field. |
The LDSH program is unique in that it combines the theory and practice of horticultural science and landscape design, construction, and management. The core curriculum features courses such as Woody Ornamentals; Herbaceous Plant Materials; Entomology and Ecological Pest Management; Landscape Graphics; Landscape Design; Greenhouse Management; Landscape Construction; and Plant Pathology.
In addition to the above courses, students take math, English, general education, and a business sequence (accounting, marketing, small business). Graduates from this program are well-prepared to enter today's dynamic horticultural industry or to continue their education at Vermont Tech or at another four-year college or university.
Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture learn the following competencies:
- Graphic Communication Skills: students develop an appropriate mastery of freehand sketching, board drafting, and presentation graphics as effective tools for the formulation, exploration, communication, and presentation of design ideas.
- Communication Skills: students develop the ability to communicate technical and theoretical information effectively to clients, customers and coworkers through both the written and spoken word; effectual listening and interpersonal skills; and the ability to understand the principles of professional conduct in all aspects of client/customer and employee/employer relations.
- Technical Skills: students demonstrate the ability to analyze, solve, and apply materials and methods of construction (including the respective roles of specifications and drawings, the development of design intentions at the site and detail level and their resolution according to sound principles of construction, surveying techniques in preparation of a base map, construction of stone walls and patios, statics and mechanics of basic landscape construction materials, and estimating and bidding); site engineering issues such as grading and drainage; the creation and maintenance of healthy plant environments, both indoors and outdoors; legal issues and regulations as they apply to land use, landscape construction and/or installation; the installation, operation, advantages and disadvantages of greenhouse and nursery environmental systems; integrated pest management skills; and the utilization of appropriate computer applications
- Design Skills: students learn to integrate fundamental design principles and practice, including site analysis, base plan measurements and preparation, and study of historic precedent in order to analyze, create, and apply these concepts to comprehensive and sustainable landscape designs. Coursework includes working drawings, presentation drawings, client/jury presentation, and site visits. This course of study will culminate in a proposed master plan project that will integrate all aspects of design study.
- Horticultural Skills: students demonstrate the ability to analyze, solve, and apply identification, production, and use of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants; propagation; diagnosis of insect and disease problems and the assimilation of integrated and sustainable approaches for their management; soil properties; and landscape applications such as plant selection, planting and pruning practices, cultural requirements, cultural practices, and maintenance.
- Business Skills: students examine and analyze the practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business; marketing (product, place, pricing, and promotion); and management skills. Students will also demonstrate a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices as they apply to the horticultural/design industry.
The normal number of credits required for the degree is 68.
|Fall Semester ||Credits ||Spring Semester ||Credits|
|CIS 1080 - Intro to Spreadsheet/Database Mgmnt ||2 ||ACC 1020 - Survey of Accounting ||3|
|ENG 10XX - English ||3 ||BIO 1220 - Botany ||4|
|LAH 1020 - Introduction to Horticulture ||3 ||LAH 1050 - Introduction to Soils ||4|
|LAH 1021 - Landscape Graphics ||3 ||LAH 2011 - Introduction to Landscape Design ||3|
|LAH 1030 - Woody Ornamentals ||3 ||ELE XXXX - AH/SS elective ||3|
|MAT 1210 - Principles of Mathematics ||3 || ||17|
| ||17 || || |
| || ||Summer Course || |
| || ||LAH 2801 – Summer Internship ||0|
|Fall Semester ||Credits ||Spring Semester ||Credits|
|BIO 2040 - Entomology/Ecological Pest Mgmnt ||3 ||BIO 2030 - Plant Pathology ||3|
|BUS 2210 - Small Business Management ||3 ||BUS 2230 - Principles of Marketing ||3|
|LAH 2030 - Herbaceous Plant Materials ||3 ||ENG 2080 - Technical Communication ||3|
|LAH 2802- Internship Review ||1 ||LAH 2720 - LAH Seminar ||2|
|ELE XXXX - AH/SS elective ||3 ||ELE XXXX–Technical elective ||3-4|
|Select one: || ||Select one: || |
|LAH 2010 - Landscape Construction & Management ||4 ||LAH 2012 - Advanced Landscape Design ||3|
|LAH 2020 - Plant Propagation ||3 ||LAH 1040 - Greenhouse Management ||4|
| ||16-17 || ||18-19||