Be a thinker for progress

tiny pine cones on a Weeping European Larch
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planted fields at the Horticulture Center
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Environmental design for the modern world.

We all need places to live, work, and enjoy the outdoors. People have a way of transforming habitat and resources, but not always for the best.  How can we conserve and share the resources we all depend on?  Human-impacted land use is changing our world at every level, from neighborhoods to entire watersheds. The Sustainable Landscape Design major works at this intersection, where science, conservation, and policy converge. Globally, there is a need for professionals who can develop sustainable solutions for our natural and built environments.


Why Choose Sustainable Landscape Horticulture?

The Sustainable Landscape Horticulture major integrates plant sciences, landscape design, business, and art. The curriculum includes plant biology, ecology, soil science, landscape design, and business management. It is designed to provide students with the skills needed to meet 21st-century challenges. This major also provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing Graduate school, PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps and similar programs.

Upon completion of the B.S. in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture  students will:

  • Gain an understanding of and be able to apply ecological principles to the design of multifunctional landscapes.
  • Have skills to effectively communicate findings and interpretations of agricultural and landscape datasets orally in a clear and concise manner.
  • Have skills to demonstrate a quantitative and qualitative science perspective applying critical thinking and problem solving skills to a given problem.
  • Have the knowledge and understanding to sustainably manage trees, shrubs, turfgrass and other plants grown in the human environment.


Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

students in a study groupOur faculty interact with professionals in their field, landscape design firms, land management companies, government agencies and municipalities. Faculty are both professors and professional researchers, which provides unique resources. UVM students have the opportunity to work with faculty lab teams on campus, or in the field on our research farms. You can earn credits, skills and connections. Read more about undergraduate research experiences

Sustainable Landscape Design - Ecological Design for the Modern World

Growing a Sustainable Future

To collaborate with nature instead of paving over it, to conserve by use of environmental design, to navigate the complex relationships between science, land management and policy at all levels, from homestead to watershed.

Graduate employment rate


of CALS graduates were employed full-time or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating from UVM


  • Landscape Design, Urban, Suburban and Rural
  • Stormwater/Wastewater Management Specialist
  • Environmental Technician, Soil and Water
  • Bioremdiation Consultant
  • Educator, Extension Outreach Professional
  • Arboretum or Botannical Garden Curators

Where alumni work

  • Land Trust Alliance Commission, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • The Trust for Public Land, San Francisco, CA
  • Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia, PA
  • Parks and Recreation Department, Burlington, VT
  • American Meadows, Burlington, VT
  • Self-employed business owners, breweries, wineries

Graduate Schools

  • Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry, NY
  • University of New Hampshire, Department of Plant Biology
  • Iowa State University, Department of Horticulture