University of Vermont

The Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Major

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Offered by: CALS Plant and Soil Science Department


Endorse a healthier environment with the beauty and utility of plants.  Gain professional training in landscape and 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.

Core Courses
  • Introduction to Botany
  • Principles of Biology
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Soil Fertility and Management
  • 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
  • Landscape Horticulture Internship
Advanced Level Courses
  • Drafting and Design Drawing
  • Sketching and Illustration
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)
  • Garden Flowers
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Soil Ecology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Internship
Faculty and Area of Expertise
John Aleong Design and analysis of experiments
Ph.D. Iowa State University
Lorraine P. Berkett Integrated pest management in apple production, plant pathology
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Sidney C. Bosworth Agronomy, forage and grain crop management and production for animal agriculture
Ph.D. University of Kentucky
Scott Costa Entomology, biological control using insect-killing fungi
Ph.D. North Carolina State University
Alexsandra Drizo Constructed wetland for pollution control
University of Edinburgh
Wendy Sue Harper Soil science, composting process
Ph.D. University of Vermont
Ann Hazelrigg Plant pathology
M.S. Cornell University
Sarah T. Lovell
Agronomy, plant science and landscape design.
University of Illinois
V. Ernesto Mendez
 Agroecology, biodiversity conservation adn development in Central American coffee landscapes
University of California
Deborah A. Neher Soil ecology
Ph.D. University of California-Davis
Bruce L. Parker Entomology, insect pest management, fungal pathogens for integrated pest management of greenhouse and forest pests
Ph.D. Cornell University
Leonard P. Perry Horticulture, production of perennials, hardiness of plant species, perennial cut flower production
Ph.D. Cornell University
Margaret Skinner Entomology insect pest management in greenhouse and forest environments, biological control
Ph.D. University of Vermont
Mark C. Starrett Horticulture, propagation and production of woody ornamental plants
Ph.D. North Carolina State University
Jon P. Turmel Vermont State entomologist
M.S. University of New Hampshire

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