Landscape Horticulture

Landscape Horticulture

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Landscape Horticulture - A.A.S. Degree 72 cr.
 Landscape Horticulture - Diploma 64 cr.
 Sustainable Food Systems - Certificate 30 cr.
Program Datasheet: Download Landscape Horticulture Datasheet  

Major Description

This program provides the technical, business and science based skills needed to succeed in the Landscape/Horticulture industry. First-year students learn the fundamental science and technical skills relevant to all aspects of "Design + Build + Maintain" within the Landscape/Horticulture industry. Upon completion of first year courses students will begin to explore career interests through participation in a summer internship with a landscape/horticulture related employer of their choice. In the second year of this program, students will build upong the fundamentals of landscape horticulture through advanced course work while focusing their career goals. Throughout this program students consider the importance and benefits of creating sustainable landscapes that protect, restore and enhance the ecological services provided by intact and functioning ecosystems.

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Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Landscape Horticulture Advisor & Instructors
Amy Eppen
Amy Eppen
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Matthew Brooks
Matthew Brooks
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Program Costs*

Landscape Horticulture
  Landscape Horticulture
A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Landscape Horticulture
Diploma – 64 credits
Sustainable Food Systems
Certificate – 30 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $200 $200 N/A
Textbooks $1,090 $850 N/A
Personal Property Fee $185 $185 N/A
Grand Total $15,183.80 $13,420.60 $5,712

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Landscape Horticulture

Work Environment

Landscape/Horticulture professionals design, install and care for residential, commercial and public landscapes. They find work with companies that provide landscape design, construction and maintenance services, as well as garden centers, nurseries, golf courses and municipal parks and public works departments.

Landscape Horticulture Videos

"Careers in Horticulture" by Longwood Gardens
"Seed Your Future" by Longwood Gardens

Job Outlook

According to The Land Lovers, an advocacy organization for the nursery and landscape industries, an immense array of job possibilities are open for people wishing to follow their green dreams. Some examples of where you could work include:

  • Your own landscape design, installation and maintenance business
  • Arboretums and botanical gardens
  • Garden centers, greenhouses and nurseries
  • Parks and community centers
  • College and university campuses
  • Residential, municipal and business landscapes

The American Society of Horticultural Science, or ASHS, adds the following areas with fertile career potential:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Golf and Sports Turf
  • Landscape Design
  • Owner & Entrepreneur
  • Writing & Communication
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Public Service
  • Production Management
  • Sales & Marketing

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Landscape Designer/Project Manager
  • Landscape Construction/Maintenance Supervisor
  • Professional Gardener
  • Turf & Grounds Manager
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Hardscape Technician

Gainful Employment Reports

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Transfer Options

Landscape Horticulture

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Agreement with the University of Minnesota College of Design

For DCTC students wishing to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED), our Landscape Horticulture program offers a pathway through an agreement with the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities College of Design.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Landscape Horticulture

The Landscape Horticulture program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success, student projects and field trips, and the accomplishments of our Landscape Horticulture instructors.

Landscape Horticulture on Social Media

As a student majoring in Landscape Horticulture, you can get the latest news on your program and the green industry by following your instructors and fellow students on social media.

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Landscape Horticulture Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Landscape Horticulture

As a student in DCTC's Landscape Horticulture program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the green industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Professional Organizations

Getting Connected on Campus

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Landscape Horticulture students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the interior design field. The following two clubs are open to all Landscape Horticulture students:

Landscape Horticulture Club
The Landscape Horticulture Club serves students by offering various opportunities for educational and professional enrichment:

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Students from many programs of study—including Civil Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Landscape Horticulture and Interior Design—come together in the USGBC-DCTC Student Group to learn and participate in hands-on green building experiences. USGBC students engage in service-learning projects while advocating for sustainable practices and policies on campus. The group facilitates site visits to green buildings as well as attendance at green building conferences and events, providing experiences that are both fun and educational. Visit our U.S. Green Building Council-DCTC Student Group on Facebook.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.