Sustainable Horticulture (SH)

Description

In the Sustainable Horticulture program students learn sustainable landscape techniques and technologies including design, implementation, and management of green roofs and green walls; stormwater management best practices; sustainable choices in plant materials; and use of alternative energy systems in landscapes.

Students complete foundation courses in landscape horticulture and environmental science, and then take additional technical courses in sustainable horticulture. Core business courses prepare students for leadership roles in local businesses and municipalities, while cooperative education employment experiences allow students to further develop their knowledge in positions with companies utilizing sustainable horticulture.

Related Programs

Program Code

SH.AAB

Accreditation

The Sustainable Horticulture program is accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
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Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Renovate existing landscapes to more sustainable forms
  • Design, implement, and manage sustainable landscape technologies such as green roofs, green walls, storm water retention and rainwater harvesting systems, and alternative energy products (such as solar lighting and water pumps) that are functional and aesthetically pleasing
  • Recognize plants that are invasive in the Cincinnati region and recommend control measures
  • Identify and manage plants, both native and non-native, that are appropriate for sustainable landscapes

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Grounds Specialist /Foreman
  • Horticulturist
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Landscape Construction Specialist
  • Landscape Designer

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$28,000–$40,000 annually

Employment Outlook

The landscape industry is gradually shifting toward more ecologically-friendly and sustainable practices. Recent spikes in the price of raw materials, technological advances in the industry, and consumer interest in more environmentally responsible alternatives to standard landscapes have accelerated the growth of these practices. As Greater Cincinnati implements these new techniques, a qualified workforce will be in high demand, especially in the area of stormwater management because local municipalities are implementing a federal mandate to reduce stormwater overflows. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 9 percent growth in employment through 2022.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Brightview
  • Cincinnati Park Board
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Hamilton County Parks
  • Walt Disney World Resorts

Co-op Salary Projections

$9/hr – $13/hour

Curriculum

Sustainable Horticulture (SH)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
LH 140 Landscape Operations ( T) 2 3 3
LH 105 Horticulture Occupations ( B) 1 1 1
LH 120 Soil Science and Plant Nutrition ( T) 2 2 3
LH 130 Woody Plant Materials ( B) 1 5 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
XXX XXX Environmental Science Elective (B)       3
Semester 2      
BUS 190 Professional Practices ( B) 1 0 1
LH 110 Horticulture Science ( G) 2 3 3
LH 151 Landscape Design 1 ( T) 2 3 3
LH 155 Computer-Aided Landscape Design ( T) 2 3 3
ENG 1XX English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 3      
LH 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture ( T) 1 40 2
LH 165 Landscape Construction ( T) 2 3 3
LH 135 Herbaceous Plant Materials ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 4      
ACC 101 Financial Accounting ( B) 2 2 3
LAW 101 Business Law ( B) 3 0 3
LH 230 Landscape Solutions to Stormwater Management ( T) 2 3 3
LH 245 Plants for Sustainable Landscapes ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 5      
LH 240 Landscape Management ( T) 2 3 3
LH 290 Sustainable Landscape Design Capstone ( T) 2 3 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Management/Marketing Elective (B)   3 0 3
Semester 6      
LH 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture ( T) 1 40 2
Total Credits:   48 120 67

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
Environmental Science Elective  
EVS 110 Environmental Science: Conservation and Cleanup 4
EVS 120 Environmental Geology 4
EVS 130 Environmental Science: Ecology and Ecosystems 4
EVT 175 Watershed Management 3
BIO 270 Ecology 5
English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Management/Marketing Elective  
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MGT 105 Human Resource Management 3
MGT 120 Entrepreneurship 3
MGT 130 Project Management 3
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing 3
MKT 110 Sales and Customer Relations 3
MKT 130 Professional Selling 3
Mathematics Elective  
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences 3
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
MAT 115 Pre-Statistics 3
MAT 120 Technical Mathematics 3
MAT 125 Algebra and Trigonometry 4
Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (select one course)  
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130  
or, any Transfer Module course from ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC, or SPN 101  

Contacts

Program Chair
Mark Deacon, MS
(513) 569-1644
Advisor
Heather Augustine, MS, LEED Green Associate
(513) 569-1645
heather.augustine@cincinnatistate.edu
Co-op Coordinator
Brian Hooten, MAOL
(513) 569-1634
brian.hooten@cincinnatistate.edu