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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613


The Bachelor of Applied Horticulture provides a course of study for students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture Technology and wish to complete a bachelor's degree in their chosen field. The program builds upon the knowledge acquired in the associate's degree and aid students in the development of managerial level expertise in such areas as landscape architecture, urban ecology, sports turf management, landscape design, plant propagation and nursery operations. This degree is designed to increase the student's potential by emphasizing technical application and theory, while the liberal education requirements will increase the student's ability to understand the environment in which he or she is working. Expanded internship offerings and specific targeted practicum areas for student exploration are promoted. The program is offered at the Salem campus.

Career Opportunities

Landscape architects held about 28,000 jobs in 2006. More than 1 out of 2 landscape architects were employed in architectural, engineering, and related services. State and local governments employed approximately 6 percent of all landscape architects. About 2 out of 10 landscape architects were self-employed.

Employment of landscape architects is concentrated in urban and suburban areas throughout the country; some landscape architects work in rural areas, particularly those employed by the Federal Government to plan and design parks and recreation areas.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture Technology.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 125 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative and major GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Interpret soil test results, analyze and determine ways to amend soils.

2. Demonstrate the knowledge of plant characteristics, culture, use, propagation, identification, and taxonomy.

3. Demonstrate the knowledge of pest characteristics, damage, control strategies, IPM, identification and taxonomy.

4. Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking, antecedent  consequence and hypothetical reasoning.

5. Work and demonstrate successfully their skills in the work place.

6. Develop business, communication, computer, math skills and their application.

7. Develop knowledge of the proper safety procedures used in the workplace.