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

2020-21 Curriculum

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

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ 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, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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

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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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Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 11/20/2020