Horticulture & Landscape Design

Horticulture & Landscape Design Degree

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in Horticulture & Landscape Design

61 credits
(2 years)

This A.A.S. degree prepares students for a wide range of careers in landscape contracting, ornamental horticulture, and urban farming. Students complete the core program and a certificate in one of the following areas:

  • Floral Design
  • Horticulture
  • Irrigation Contracting and Management
  • Landscape Construction
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Nursery Greenhouse and Garden Center Management
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Urban Agriculture Management

Our courses are designed to meet the standards of the leading international industry association, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).

Horticulture degree: See required courses.

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Certificates

Floral Design

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares you work in or own a floral business. In addition to learning about floral design and arrangements, students will learn about flower crop management and flower care for tropical and indoor plants.

Floral Design certificate: See required courses.

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Horticulture

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program allows students with unique career goals to design their own degree with faculty guidance.

Horticulture certificate: See required courses.

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Irrigation Contracting & Management

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares you to work for or own an irrigation company. Students will learn about sprinkler design and installation, including drip and farm irrigation systems, water conservation and troubleshooting.

Irrigation Management certificate: See required courses.

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Landscape Contracting Technician

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares you to work in or own a landscape construction company. Students will learn how to build and install retaining walls, decks, brick pavers, paver patios and sprinkler systems. Landscape drainage, lighting, equipment and bidding will also be covered.

Landscape Technician certificate: See required courses.

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Landscape Design

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares you to work as a residential landscape designer. Students will learn Xeriscape principles, sustainable horticulture, plant identification, how to draft landscape plans using CAD, and how to bid landscape projects.

Landscape Design certificate: See required courses.

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Landscape Maintenance Technician

30 credits
(2 semester)

This program prepares you to work for landscape maintenance companies. Students learn essential landscape management skills such as tree care, pruning, soil management, watering, fertilization, pest management, and sprinkler repair.

Landscape Maintenance certificate: See required courses.

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Nursery & Garden Center Management

30 credits
(2 semesters)

In this program students learn the skills necessary to work in or own a garden center or nursery, including plant identification, propagation, cloning and health. Business concepts such as greenhouse operations and management are also covered.

Garden Center Management certificate: See required courses.

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Turfgrass Management

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This program prepares students to care for and manage golf course turf or other sports fields. Topics covered include turf identification, integrated pest management, plant and soil science, application of commercial fertilizers and pesticides, and drainage systems.

Turfgrass Management certificate: See required courses.

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Urban Agriculture Management

30 credits
(2 semesters)

In this program students learn how to manage or work with the production of high-value fruit and vegetable crops in an urban setting. Topics covered include crop planning, production and harvesting, farm and drip irrigation, composting, organic certification, and food safety.

Urban Agriculture certificate: See required courses.

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Horticulture & Landscape Design Jobs & Salaries

  Entry Middle Experienced
Landscaper / Groundskeeper $19,821 $27,605 $31,496
Tree Trimmer $31,330 $44,245 $47,702
Landscape Foreman $33,021 $48,388 $56,071
Nursery / Greenhouse Mgr.* $31,700 $69,300 $124,200
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2012)
* National figures from Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012)
 

Transfer Options

Colorado State University (CSU) offers bachelor degree programs in horticulture fields. Courses offered at FRCC for the AAS degree and the various certificates are career/technical credits and may not directly transfer to CSU. Students who wish to transfer to CSU should consult with FRCC faculty and CSU in planning their program. See faculty contacts.