Landscape Horticulture

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Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 10-001-4
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Landscape Horticulture Degree


For opportunities that require outdoor work, creativity and plant knowledge, check out horticulture/landscape careers. This program includes coursework in landscape maintenance and arboriculture, and emphasizes hands-on learning.

There is a steady demand for arborists, horticulturists, landscape designers and landscapers.

You can earn the Landscape Horticulture Technician on the way to completing this degree.

Additional program details: Sustainable and environmental horticulture operations; maintaining healthy trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; selecting and installing plant material; operating equipment; and developing and executing landscape plans are covered to prepare you for careers in the horticulture/landscaping field. For hands-on learning, the Mequon Campus features a greenhouse and extensively landscaped grounds.

Students can participate in the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Student Landscape Competition and Career Days, as well as the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Student Career Days. MATC’s Horticulture Club is a very active student organization.

Related Programs

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Landscape Horticulture Technician

Land an entry-level position that meets your desire to work outdoors. This program prepares students for positions such as groundskeepers, greenhouse workers and landscape construction workers. The coursework emphasizes hands-on learning.

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
HORT-111 Introduction to Horticulture ^ 3
HORT-112 Horticulture Soils ^ 3
HORT-114 Survey of Woody Ornamental Plants ^ 3
HORT-116 Landscape Equipment ^ 3
GEOSCI-112 Principles of Sustainability
(or) Any 200-level BIOSCI, CHEM, GEOSCI or PHYS course
HORT-113 Ornamental Plant Health Care ^ 3
HORT-118 Landscape Business Principles ^ 3
HORT-122 Landscape Design 1 ^ 3
HORT-126 Landscape Estimating and Bidding ^ 3
HORT-159 Survey of Herbaceous Plants ^ 2
ELECTIVES (Three 100-level credits needed) 3
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG course
HORT-119 Landscape Construction 1 3
HORT-121 Irrigation, Lighting and Ponds
(or) HORT-127 Arboriculture 1: Tree Care Fundamentals
HORT-123 Landscape Horticulture - Design II ‡
(or) HORT-120 Landscape Construction II
HORT-125 Landscape Maintenance Applications 3
ELECTIVES (Two 100-level credits needed) 2
HORT-124 Landscape Design 3 ‡
(or) HORT-171 Exterior Plant Pests
HORT-132 Communications and Marketing 2
HORT-161 Landscape Plants - Shrubs ‡
(or) HORT-160 Landscape Plants - Trees ‡
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society ^
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI course

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Landscape Horticulture Technician technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.


Upon completion of specified coursework, students may be eligible for the following digital badge(s):

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2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze growing media
  • Diagnose plant health
  • Communicate as a horticulture professional
  • Apply design principles
  • Provide horticulture maintenance
  • Apply the principles of plant science

Career Outlook

Arborists, horticulturists, landscape designers and landscapers are in steady demand year-round. Typical career settings include landscape companies, garden centers, municipal parks and recreational properties. Possible careers also include grounds manager, garden center manager and landscape construction manager.

Possible Careers

Garden Center Manager
Grounds Manager
Landscape Construction Manager
Landscape Designer
Landscape Sales


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Last updated: 08/30/2021