This ornamental horticulture program prepares students for entry level to middle management positions in the Green Industry. Many opportunities exist for graduates in landscape design and construction, landscape maintenance, wholesale nursery and greenhouse plant production, garden center management, inside sales, arboriculture and urban forestry, theme parks, public horticulture, arboreta, and much more. The curriculum of this two-year, full-time program includes a summer field experience between the first and second years and is composed of a balance of classroom, laboratory and practical educational experiences. This program is fully accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, meeting the national standard for industry performance. Classes are available both day and evening, and students may enroll on either a full- or part-time basis.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended.
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.

Other Information

  • Submit all college transcripts to Office of the Registrar.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Ensure that a contract is properly executed by actively listening, understanding, and implementing instructions and effectively communicating them to other members of the team.
  2. Provide positive motivation to crew members by displaying an impeccable work ethic and providing positive reinforcement to instill ownership of the project/product.
  3. Apply Green Industry Standards of quality, artisanship, and environmental responsibility to all aspects of work within the scope of the industry.
  4. Identify and describe cultural conditions for over 500 different ornamental landscape plants commonly found in the industry including deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals.
  5. Use knowledge of plants, soils, chemicals, fertilizers, and Integrated Pest Management to identify, correct, or prevent plant disease, insect pest, and physiologic issues as part of an Integrated Plant Health Care Program and be prepared to pass the State of Ohio Pesticide Core exam.
  6. Demonstrate ability to safely operate and perform preventative maintenance on hand tools as well as small and large power equipment found within the Green Industry as well as evaluate the best tool to safely accomplish each task with efficiency.
  7. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills to develop professional interpersonal relationships with suppliers, co-workers, and clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  8. Effectively use math and the most recent technologies to create estimates for production of a product including labor and materials needed.
  9. Sit, when eligible, for relevant industry certification exams including but not limited to Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association: Ohio Certified Landscape Technician and PLANET Landscape Industry Certified Technician.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
PST-1300 Horticultural Botany 3
PST-1311 Deciduous Woody Landscape Plants 3
PST-1411 Equipment Operations and Safety 2
PST-xxxx Plant Science Elective (select from below list) 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
PHIL-1000 Critical Thinking 3
PST-1321 Evergreens, Groundcovers, and Herbaceous Landscape Plants 3
PST-1420 Landscape Practices 3
PST-xxxx Plant Science Elective (select from below list) 3
Select one lecture & lab from the following: 4
Everyday Chemistry  
Everyday Chemistry Laboratory  
Environment, Ecology, and Evolution  
Environment, Ecology, & Evolution Laboratory  
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session
PST-2950 Field Experience 3
 Credit Hours3
Third Semester
HLTH-1230 Standard First Aid and Personal Safety 1
PST-2321 Plant Pest Diagnostics 3
PST-2370 Introduction to Turfgrass 2
PST-xxxx Plant Science Elective (select from below list) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications  
Honors Computer Applications  
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
PST-1600 Irrigation and Drainage 2
PST-2310 Soil Technology 3
PST-2380 Arboriculture 2
PST-xxxx Plant Science Elective (select from below list) 3
COMM-1000 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60


Landscape Contracting Concentration

Recommended Electives for concentration in Landscape Contracting

PST-1441Introduction to Landscape Design3
PST-1450Landscape Design - CAD3
PST-1510Landscape Contracting3
PST-2431Planting Design3

Garden Center/Nursery Management Concentration 

Recommended electives for concentration in Garden Center/Nursery Management.

BADM-1301Small Business Management3
PST-1331Plant Propagation3
PST-1351Plant Production3
PST-1400Garden Center and Nursery Management3