Learn more about the Landscape Horticulture program.
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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Landscape Horticulture program helps prepare students for careers as gardeners, technicians, supervisors, managers, or business owners in wholesale or retail nurseries, florists, landscape design and construction operations, or landscape management companies. In addition, the program helps prepare students for careers with local, state, and federal government agencies involved with the technical phases of the Landscape Horticulture industry.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Landscape Horticulture (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
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.
Successful completion of this program 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 program. 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.
Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers
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 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|ENG101||First-Year Composition||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|AGL189||Landscape Design I||Course offered Fall only||RC||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||CHM130 & CHM130LL recommended courses||NS||4|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor).||Or equivalent as indicated by assessment||CR||3|
|Math||Any approved General Education course in the Math area||MA||3|
|AGS183||Urban Plant Identification And Use||RC||3|
|AGS164||Plant Growth and Development||RC||4|
|AGS260||Soils||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHM130 or permission of Instructor.||Course offered Spring only||RC||4|
|ENG102||First-Year Composition||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.||FYC||3|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area||SB||3|
|AGS284||Lawn And Turf Care||Course offered Fall only||RC||3|
|AGL181||Landscape Construction Techniques||Course offered Fall only||RC||3|
|AGS261||Soil Fertility And Management||Course offered Fall only||RC||3|
|AGS168||Grounds Equipment Management||Course offered Fall only||RC||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||HU||3|
|AGB130||Establishing And Running An Agribusiness||Course offered Spring only||RC||3|
|AGS192||Urban Plant Care||Course offered Spring only||RC||3|
|AGS262||Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting||Course offered Spring only||RC||3|
|AGS268||Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment||Course offered Spring only||RC||4|
It is recommended that students take the courses in Term 3 during the summer.
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Program Area Key
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 advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Horticulture (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=135305).