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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Agricultural Sciences

Landscape Contracting

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (LSCPE)

PROFESSOR DAN T. STEARNS, Program Coordinator

Landscape contracting involves constructing, establishing, and maintaining landscapes from small residential projects to large commercial and industrial projects, as well as producing plans for small-scale residential and commercial sites. Students develop skills in construction, site design, plant material usage, plant establishment, and landscape maintenance. Students are also educated in areas such as graphics, surveying, soils, turfgrass management, weed and pest management, and in business operations.

Students are encouraged to obtain on-the-job experience in landscape contracting by working with a landscape maintenance or construction firm, or other related business. Credits for this experience are available for those who choose to enroll in an internship.

A wide variety of opportunities exist for landscape contracting graduates. They may be employed by design/build firms, landscape management firms, nurseries, or garden centers. Others may choose to work for municipalities, golf courses, parks, or botanical gardens.

DESIGN/BUILD OPTION: This option focuses on the development of skills in the planning and implementation of landscape projects. Employment opportunities exist with landscape contracting companies, irrigation companies, and retail centers.

MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option provides professional education in the management of landscapes. Employment opportunities include positions with landscape management companies and golf courses.

For the B.S. degree in Landscape Contracting, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 3-15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 81-93 credits
(This includes 21-24 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3-6 credits of GA courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 67-68 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (51 credits)
HORT 410W(3), HORT 468(2)[1], LARCH 060 GA;US;IL(3), MATH 026 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
A S M 217(3), ACCTG 211(4), B A 250(3), B LAW 243(3), CHEM 101 GN(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), HORT 101 GN(3)[1], HORT 120(2)[1], HORT 131(3)[1], HORT 137(3)[1], HORT 138(3)[1], HORT 408(4)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16-17 credits)
AG BM 101 GS(3), ECON 014 GS(3), ECON 102 GS(3), or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOL 110 GN(4) or BIOL 127 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)
SPAN 001(4) or SPAN 002(4) or SPAN 105(4) (Sem: 3-4)
MKTG 220(3) or AG BM 220(3) (Sem: 5-6)
TURF 100(3) or TURF 235(3) (Sem: 5-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 14-26 credits

DESIGN/BUILD OPTION: (25-26 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (23 credits)
ART 020 GA(3), EDSGN 010(1), HORT 220(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
HORT 269(3)[1], HORT 464(4)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
HORT 368(4)[1], HORT 466(5)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (2-3 credits)
Select 2-3 credits from ENT 313(2), ENT 314(1), HORT 238(3), PPEM 300(3) or PPEM 318(2) (Sem: 5-6)

MANAGEMENT OPTION: (14-15 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
ENT 313(2), ENT 314(1), HORT 238(3)[1], HORT 250(3)[1], SOILS 401(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (2-3 credits)
PPEM 300(3) or PPEM 318(2) (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-03-003

Review Date: 11/13/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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