LAHT 1050 This course covers the study of the biology of higher plants, including morphology, physiology, and taxonomy. Emphasis is placed on knowledge relevant to practitioners of the landscape horticulture field.
LAHT 1210 This course covers the overview of the biology, identification, and control of weeds, insects, infectious, and non-infectious diseases common to the Minnesota landscape and from the integrated pest management perspective.
LAHT 1300 This course covers the study and practice of the skills necessary to install landscape plantings and materials. Sample subjects include planting, edging, mulching, retaining walls, decks, patios, and fences. This course emphasizes plantings. Building codes and permits are also discussed. Prerequisites: None
LAHT 1315 This course covers the maintenance of the landscape, including trees, shrubs, annual and
perennial beds. Lawn care will not be covered in this class. Proper cultural practices, including plant
replacement, pruning, fertilization, plant support systems, plant protection, and damage repair will
LAHT 1325 This class investigates grass biology, morphology, anatomy, and ecology. Students learn to identify common turf, utility, pasture, and native grasses and how these plants fit into their environment. Students learn to design custom seed mixes for lawns, recreational fields, golf courses, prairie and pasture applications. Students will grow a variety of grass species in the greenhouse. Students will also gain knowledge and experience in turf, prairie, and pasture maintenance, common diseases associate with grasses, and new low-input management regimes. Emphasis is placed upon moving away from the traditional high-input lawn and towards a more beneficial lawn in terms of nutrient regulation, biodiversity and being pollinator friendly.
LAHT 1610 This course is an introduction to design theory as applied to the practice of sustainable planting design.
Students are introduced to the principles and elements of planting design and the process of creating a
landscape plan. Students will also be taught how to interpret and draw landscape plans using basic
drafting implements. The overriding emphasis in this class will be on the creation of planting
compositions that restore and / or enhance the ecological services associated with a sustainable
approach to planting design.
Prerequisites: None. Concurrent enrollment in LAHT1110 recommended
LAHT - 1710: Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Practices
LAHT 1710 The ability of Earths ecosystems to sustain life as we know it is coming under increasing pressure from the demands of modern society. If future generations are to inherit a healthy planet we will need to rethink the way we live our lives right down to the way we landscape our back yards, school grounds and city parks. This course will introduce students to the broader concepts and definitions of sustainability - meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - and illustrate how those concepts translate to the site specific scale and influence our approach to the design of our local landscapes.
LAHT 1720 Introduction to Ecological Restoration. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Ecological Restoration including gaining knowledge and experience in knowing the difference between native and non-native vegetation, conducting site assessments, designing site preparation and installation plans, designing custom seed mixes, understanding plant communities, and understanding different applications including prairie, wetland, savanna, lake, and forest restoration.
LAHT 2235 This course is an introduction to the use of computers in the design and drafting processes. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Google Sketch-Up version 8 and Sketch-Up Pro. By the end of this class students will have the ability to draft and plot landscape plans using both programs.
LAHT 2510 This course is an overview of the competitive bidding process including job estimating, proposal writing, and project specifications. It includes practice in completing business records common to the landscape horticulture industry.
BIOL 1110 This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts of ecology as it pertains to the impact of humans on their environment. It addresses the demands placed on the biosphere by the exploitation of natural resources and energy, the creation of pollution and the disposal of waste. This course is interdisciplinary, combining concepts from the natural and physical sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, geology, physics) with the social sciences (e.g. economics, politics, ethics, history) to present an understanding of how wise stewardship of earth's resources can result in the long-term sustainability of our shared environment.
Meets MnTC Goal 3 and MnTC Goal 10