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A Closer Look at

Sustainable Landscape Horticulture


College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences
Plant and Soil Science Department
802-656-2630
pss@uvm.edu

http://www.uvm.edu/~pss/

CORE COURSES:

  • Introduction to Botany
  • Principles of Plant Science
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Dendrology
  • Elementary Natural Resource Measurements and Mapping
  • Ecology, Ecosystems and the Environment
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Landscape Design I, II
  • Woody Landscape Plants
  • Commercial Plant Propagation
  • Entomology and Pest Management
  • Principles of Agricultural, Resource and Community Development Economics
  • Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Entrepreneurship or Principles of Management
  • Precalculus
  • Computer Science
  • Statistics
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

    ADVANCED LEVEL COURSES:

  • Drafting and Design Drawing
  • Sketching and Illustration
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)
  • Garden Flowers and Indoor Plants
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Soil Ecology
  • Endorse a healthier environment with the beauty and utility of plants. Gain professional training in landscape design and the plant sciences along with courses in business and the liberal arts. Choose trees, shrubs, flowers, and lawn grasses that match conditions of the local environment. Design landscapes that provide environmental services of soil conservation, water purification, and nutrient management.

    The Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Program integrates plant sciences, landscape design, business, and liberal arts. This curriculum is designed to provide the student with multifaceted skills to help them succeed in the demanding horticulture industry of the 21st century.

    A Look at Our Program

    Our program is interdisciplinary, involving horticulture, soil science, ecology, forestry, landscape design, business management, and liberal arts. Faculty advisors will help you select courses and develop learning experiences that match your interests and career goals.

    What Will I Study?

    All students must complete the core curriculum requirements for a bachelor of science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In addition, you will be required to complete courses within the program in such areas as botany, ecology, plant and soil science, forestry, landscape design, agricultural economics, and small business management.

    Exciting Field Experience

    Because our faculty interact with professional landscape design firms, landscape management companies, as well as public and private gardens, there are many opportunities for off-campus internships where you can put your skills to use, earn credit, and improve your employment prospects. Students have worked at arboreta, botanical gardens, parks, garden centers and nurseries to gain valuable experience.

    As an undergraduate, you will have opportunities to work with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty doing research in campus laboratories, in the field at our 97-acre Horticultural Research Center, or in our modern greenhouse.

    Looking to the Future

    With a degree in sustainable landscape horticulture, you may pursue a career in landscape design, contracting and management, urban forestry, owning and operating a landscaping or nursery business, or in garden center management. Some of the jobs our graduates have obtained include: manager of a wholesale nursery, salesperson for a large greenhouse operation, sales and service representative for a turfgrass management firm, and golf course groundskeeper. Students in this major have also gone on to pursue graduate studies in this field.

    Faculty and Area of Expertise

    JOHN ALEONG, PH.D. IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY; design and analysis of experiments.
    LORRAINE P. BERKETT, PH.D. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY; integrated pest management in apple production, plant pathology.
    SIDNEY C. BOSWORTH, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY; agronomy, forage and grain crop management and production for animal agriculture.
    SCOTT COSTA, PH.D. NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY; entomology, biological control using insect-killing fungi
    ALEXSANDRA DRIZO, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH; constructed wetlands for pollution control.
    DIANE E. GAYER, M.A. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND PLANNING; landscape design.
    ANN HAZELRIGG, M.S. CORNELL UNIVERSITY; plant pathology.
    DEBORAH A. NEHER, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - DAVIS; soil ecology.
    BRUCE L. PARKER, PH.D. CORNELL UNIVERSITY; entomology, insect pest management, fungal pathogens for integrated pest management of greenhouse and forest pests.
    LEONARD P. PERRY, PH.D. CORNELL UNIVERSITY; horticulture, production of perennials, hardiness of plant species, perennial cut flower production.
    MARGARET SKINNER, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT; entomology, insect pest management in greenhouse and forest environments, biological control using fungi.
    MARK C. STARRETT, PH.D. NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY; horticulture, propagation and production of woody ornamental plants.
    MILTON E. TIGNOR, JR., PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA; horticulture, vegetable production, compost utilization, curriculum development, greenhouse operations and management.
    JON P. TURMEL, M.S. UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE; Vermont State entomologist.

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