Sustainable Horticulture (SH)


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.

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


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Sustainable Horticulture (SH)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
LH 140Landscape Operations ( T) 233
LH 105Horticulture Occupations ( B) 111
LH 120Soil Science and Plant Nutrition ( T) 223
LH 130Woody Plant Materials ( B) 153
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
XXX XXX Environmental Science Elective (B)    3
Semester 2  
BUS 190Professional Practices ( B) 101
LH 110Horticulture Science ( G) 233
LH 151Landscape Design 1 ( T) 233
LH 155Computer-Aided Landscape Design ( T) 233
ENG 1XX English Composition Elective (G)  303
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)  303
Semester 3  
LH 165Landscape Construction ( T) 233
LH 135Herbaceous Plant Materials ( T) 233
LH X9X Cooperative Education Elective 1: Landscape Horticulture (T)  1402
Semester 4  
ACC 101Financial Accounting ( B) 223
LAW 101Business Law ( B) 303
LH 230Landscape Solutions to Stormwater Management ( T) 233
LH 245Plants for Sustainable Landscapes ( T) 233
Semester 5  
LH 240Landscape Management ( T) 233
LH 290Sustainable Landscape Design Capstone ( T) 233
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)  303
XXX XXX Management/Marketing Elective (B)  303
Semester 6  
LH X9X Cooperative Education Elective 2: Landscape Horticulture (T)  1402
Total Credits:  4812067


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
Environmental Science Elective
EVS 110Environmental Science: Conservation and Cleanup4
EVS 120Environmental Geology4
EVS 130Environmental Science: Ecology and Ecosystems4
EVT 175Watershed Management3
BIO 270Ecology5
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Management/Marketing Elective
MGT 101Principles of Management3
MGT 105Human Resource Management3
MGT 120Entrepreneurship3
MGT 130Project Management3
MKT 101Principles of Marketing3
MKT 105Marketing and Customer Relations3
MKT 130Professional Selling3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning3
MAT 111Business Mathematics3
MAT 115Pre-Statistics3
MAT 120Technical Mathematics3
MAT 125Algebra and Trigonometry4
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
Cooperative Education Electives (4 credit hours required)
LH 191Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 192Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 193Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 194Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Landscape Horticulture1
LH 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture2
LH 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture2

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Mark Deacon, MS
(513) 569-1644
Heather Augustine, MS, LEED Green Associate
(513) 569-1645
Co-op Coordinator
Brian Hooten, MAOL
(513) 569-1634
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