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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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended.
  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • Eligibility for MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning or MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics or higher

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 National Association of Landscape Professionals Landscape Industry Certified Technician.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
PST-1301 Horticultural Botany 3
PST-1311 Deciduous Woody Landscape Plants 3
PST-1411 Equipment Operations and Safety 2
HLTH-1230 Standard First Aid and Personal Safety 1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Select one of the following: 3 3
Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning
Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)
PST-1321 Evergreens, Groundcovers, and Herbaceous Landscape Plants 3
PST-1420 Landscape Practices 3
PST-1441 Introduction to Landscape Design 3
PST-1380 Introduction to Tree Care 2
 Credit Hours14
Summer Session
PST-2950 Field Experience 3
 Credit Hours3
Third Semester
PST-2321 Plant Pest Diagnostics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Art Appreciation
Environmental Geography
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Select one lecture & lab from the following: 4
Environment, Ecology, and Evolution
Environment, Ecology, & Evolution Laboratory
Everyday Chemistry
Everyday Chemistry Laboratory
Select one from the following: 3
Small Business Management
Garden Center and Nursery Management
Landscape Contracting
PST-XXXX Plant Science Elective (Select from below list) 3
Plant Propagation
Planting Design
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
PST-1600 Irrigation and Drainage 2
PST-2310 Soil Technology 3
PST-2370 Introduction to Turfgrass 2
PST-xxxxPlant Science Elective (select from below list) 3
Plant Production
Landscape Design - CAD
Arboriculture Practices
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours61


Landscape Contracting Concentration

Recommended Electives for concentration in Landscape Contracting

PST-1510Landscape Contracting3
PST-2431Planting Design3
PST-1450Landscape Design - CAD3

Tree Care Concentration

Recommended Electives for concentration in Tree Care 

PST-1510Landscape Contracting3
PST-2480Arboriculture Practices3

Garden Center/Nursery Management Concentration 

Recommended electives for concentration in Garden Center/Nursery Management.

PST-1400Garden Center and Nursery Management3
PST-1331Plant Propagation3
PST-1351Plant Production3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.