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Horticulture Technology - A.A.S. PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613


The Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture Technology prepares students for careers in landscape management, turf management, tree care, nursery and greenhouse operations and related horticultural professions. In addition to a core of horticulture and basic science courses, the major provides three areas of concentration: urban forestry, landscape design and turfgrass management. The program emphasizes practical experience through hands-on training in outdoor labs and site visits to employers. Students complete two paid summer internships in their areas of concentration. Requirements articulate with the Bachelor of Applied Horticulture. This program is available at the Salem Campus.

Career Opportunities

Grounds maintenance workers held about 1.5 million jobs in 2006.

More than one-third of the workers in grounds maintenance were employed in companies providing landscaping services to buildings and dwellings. Others worked for amusement and recreation facilities, such as golf courses and racetracks; educational institutions, both public, and private; and property management and real-estate development firms. Some were employed by local governments, installing and maintaining landscaping for parks, hospitals, and other public facilities. Almost 24 percent of grounds maintenance workers were self-employed, providing landscape maintenance directly to customers on a contract basis.

About 14 percent of grounds maintenance workers worked part time; about 9 percent were younger than age twenty.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 72 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

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. 


Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Horticulture Club, Salem Campus