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 certificate program prepares you work in or own a floral business or work in the floral department of a store.

Floral Design certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

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 certificate program prepares you to work for, or own, an irrigation contracting company.

Irrigation Management certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Landscape Contracting Technician

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you to work in landscape construction or to start your own landscape construction company.

Landscape Technician certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Landscape Design

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you to work as a landscape designer for landscape design firms or to start your own garden design business. The focus of the program is on residential and small-scale design.

Landscape Design certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Landscape Maintenance Technician

30 credits
(2 semester)

This certificate program prepares you to work for landscape maintenance companies including tree-care and plant health-care companies.

Landscape Maintenance certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Nursery & Garden Center Management

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you to work in, or own, a retail garden center or a wholesale or retail nursery or greenhouse.

Garden Center Management certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Turfgrass Management

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you to work in commercial or residential lawn care or in the specialized fields of golf course turf management or sports turf management.

Turfgrass Management certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Urban Agriculture Management

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you to manage or work in an urban agriculture operation (the production of high-value fruit and vegetable crops in an urban setting).

Urban Agriculture certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

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.