Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Horticulture

Landscape Horticulture
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With a focus in landscape horticulture, you might design and plant an urban renewal garden. Or install a wedding-ready backyard landscape. Or study the impact that crops cultivated in a downtown area have on a local community. Landscape horticulture focuses on growing outdoor plants with an eye toward their aesthetic appeal.

In MCC’s landscape horticulture program you’ll learn all about the design, planning, and management of landscapes in urban spaces, parks, and private residences. You’ll prepare for a career in wholesale or retail nurseries, landscape design and construction companies, landscape management firms, or government agencies.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Landscape Horticulture (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3030
Total Credits Required
62–68
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Available Online
Yes

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Design and install complete landscapes and irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate landscape equipment.
  • Design and manage a greenhouse facility.
  • Apply knowledge of common landscape plants and their use to develop landscape and irrigation plans that meet the environmental, aesthetic, and cultural needs of the customer.
  • Effectively maintain and assess landscapes by synthesizing principles of plant growth and responses to particular soils, climate, sun exposure, water availability, nutrients, and pests.
  • Employ environmentally and socially responsible horticultural practices.
  • Perform a cost analysis to develop competitive bidding for landscapes.
  • Synthesize multiple sources of information to assist in decision making relative to landscape business operations (e.g. orders, inventory, scheduling).
  • Utilize computer software program applications relevant to the field for communication skills, production decisions, business management and cost analysis.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  • Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills to multiple stakeholders in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  • Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  • Explain the physical and chemical properties of soil as they relate to pH, water, nutrients, and organic matter.

Career Opportunities

Spending on landscape installation and construction is growing. Plus, more and more professional buildings, shopping malls, and homes need new or updated landscaping. So there are a lot of jobs and variety for the people who decide what to grow and for the people who care for those plants. In addition, you might choose to work with government agencies or in research.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers $73,210
First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers $36,820
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

When to Start Taking Classes

It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13-16
AGL189 Landscape Design I Course offered Fall only RC 3
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development RC 4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry CHM130 or Permission of Program Director RC 0–3
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques Course offered Fall only RC 3
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification And Use Course offered Fall only RC 3
Milestone: CCL in Landscape Aid completed upon completion of term 1

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
17
AGB130 Establishing And Running An Agribusiness Course offered Spring only RC 3
First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area Critical course ENG101 or ENG107 FYC 3
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations Online format only RC 3
AGS260 Soils AGS260 is offered in the Spring only. AGS260 meets the Natural Sciences area NS 4
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment Course offered Spring only RC 4
Milestone: CCL in Landscape Specialist completed upon completion of term 2

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
18
AGS 284 Lawn and Turf Care Course offered Fall only RC 3
Math Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area MA 3
Oral Communication Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area COM 3
First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area ENG102 or ENG108 FYC 3
DFT105AA or
AGS186
Computer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD or Greenhouse Management And Construction If Pursuing the Residential Landscape Design Track, Select DFT105AA. If pursuing the Nursery and Greenhouse Operations, select AGS186 RC 3
AGS262 Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting Course offered Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14-17
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area SB 3
SSH111 Sustainable Cities Meets Humanities, Arts and Design Area RC 3
AGS192 Urban Plant Care Course offered Spring only RC 3
AGL269 or
AGS285
Computer Aided Landscape or Propagation of Horticultural Plants If pursing the Residential Landscape Track, select AGL269. If pursing the Nursery and Greenhouse Operations, select AGS285 RC 3
AGS182AA Gardening Practices and Techniques RC 2
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment Critical Rdg 0–3

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques Course offered Fall only RC 3
AGL189 Landscape Design I Course offered Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
4-7
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development RC 4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry CHM130 or Permission of Program Director RC 0–3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification And Use Course offered Fall only RC 3
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations Online format only RC 3
Milestone: CCL in Landscape Aid completed upon completion of term 3

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
AGB130 Establishing And Running An Agribusiness Course offered Spring only RC 3
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment Course offered Spring only RC 4

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area Critical course ENG101 or ENG107 FYC 3
AGS284 Lawn And Turf Care Course offered Fall only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 6)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
AGS260 Soils AGS260 is offered in the Spring only. AGS260 meets the Natural Sciences area NS 4
First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area ENG102 or ENG108 FYC 3
Milestone: CCL in Landscape Specialist completed upon completion of term 6

Fall Semester (Term 7)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
Oral Communication Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area COM 3
Math Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area MA 3

Spring Semester (Term 8)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 8)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area SB 3
DFT105AA or
AGS186
Computer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD or Greenhouse Management And Construction If Pursuing the Residential Landscape Design Track, Select DFT105AA. If pursuing the Nursery and Greenhouse Operations, select AGS186 RC 3

Fall Semester (Term 9)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 9)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
AGS262 Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting Course offered Fall only RC 3
SSH111 Sustainable Cities Meets Humanities, Arts and Design Area RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 10)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 10)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
AGS192 Urban Plant Care Course offered Spring only RC 3
AGL269 or
AGS285
Landscape Computer Aided Design or Propagation of Horticultural Plants If pursing the Residential Landscape Track, select AGL/CAD269. If pursing the Nursery and Greenhouse Operations, select AGS285 RC 3

Fall Semester (Term 11)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 11)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2-5
AGS182AA Gardening Practices and Techniques RC 2
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment Critical Rdg 0–3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses area.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.