Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Horticulture

Landscape Horticulture
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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Landscape Horticulture (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3030
Total Credits Required
62-68
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
The course SSH111 cannot be used to satisfy both the Humanities, Arts and Design and Social-Behavioral Sciences areas.
Must take three (3) credits from either Humanities, Arts and Design area or Social-Behavioral Sciences area.

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Design and install complete landscapes and irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate landscape equipment.
  2. Design and manage a greenhouse facility.
  3. 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.
  4. Effectively maintain and assess landscapes by synthesizing principles of plant growth and responses to particular soils, climate, sun exposure, water availability, nutrients, and pests.
  5. Employ environmentally and socially responsible horticultural practices.
  6. Perform a cost analysis to develop competitive bidding for landscapes.
  7. Synthesize multiple sources of information to assist in decision making relative to landscape business operations (e.g. orders, inventory, scheduling).
  8. Utilize computer software program applications relevant to the field for communication skills, production decisions, business management and cost analysis.
  9. Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  10. Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills to multiple stakeholders in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  11. Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  12. 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.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

$36,650

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • 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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

When to Start Taking Classes

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

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per 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
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
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3
AAA/CPD150AC Educational and Career Planning 0–3
CPD104 Career and Personal Development 0–3

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
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 NS 4
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment Course offered Spring only RC 4

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
AGS 284 Course offered Fall only RC
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
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 CR 0–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques Course offered Fall only RC 3
AGL189 Landscape Design I Course offered Fall only RC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3
AAA/CPD150AC Educational and Career Planning 0–3
CPD104 Career and Personal Development 0–3

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
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
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification And Use Course offered Fall only RC 3
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations Online format 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
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
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
AGS260 Soils AGS260 is offered in the Spring only NS 4
First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area ENG102 or ENG108 FYC 3

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
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
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
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
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
AGS182AA Gardening Practices and Techniques RC 2
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 0–3

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Course Area Key

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Horticulture (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=135305).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Landscape Horticulture program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019