Landscape Horticulture

Landscape Horticulture

As one of the very few small, private colleges in the U.S. offering landscape horticulture, FSC gives you tremendous advantages.

Not only will you get extensive hands-on experience learning every aspect of the industry, but you’ll also have the small classes and accessible professors to ensure that you get the personalized learning no large state school can match.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC for Landscape Horticulture

  • At FSC, you get a landscape program with the advantages of a smaller school.
  • Our program lets you emphasize either nursery production or landscape design.
  • We have an excellent job placement rate throughout the landscape industry.
  • You'll be well-prepared for graduate school.
  • You’ll get real-world experience in our internship program, giving you an advantage in the job market.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Classes typically include labs, frequent field trips, and guest speakers. Our campus also features a collection of common and uncommon landscape tree, shrub, and herbaceous species. You’ll gain experience in planting, irrigating, weed management, pruning, fertilizers, pest identification and management, and other aspects of landscape management as part of your classes. We also have a landscape design lab.

Internship Opportunities

With internships shaped to match each student's area of interest, our majors gain experience in a wide variety of settings—from large landscape management companies and agricultural chemical and fertilizer companies to landscape design firms and nurseries.

Recent internship sites have included:

  • Valley Crest
  • Bayer
  • Syngenta
  • Disney World
  • Brickman Group
  • Yellowstone Landscape Group

Clubs & Organizations

FSC has active chapters of both Alpha Gamma Rho, the national agricultural social/professional fraternity for men, and Sigma Alpha, the national agricultural professional sorority for women.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Our department has the largest number of endowed scholarships of any department on campus. We give more than $80,000 per year in awards to our students.

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Special Features

Now more than 40 years old, we have successful graduates working in all aspects of the horticultural industry.

As a landscape horticulture major, you’ll complete a summer-long internship, gaining real-world experience and often leading to a job offer upon graduation.

You can steer your major to your interests and specialize in either landscape design or nursery plant production.

Our on-campus resources include six fully automated greenhouses and two large rose gardens used in horticulture laboratory sessions, to teach pruning, fertilizing, propagation by cuttings and grafting, scouting for pests and diseases, etc.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Most of our majors become design/build or landscape management contractors, directors of public gardens, pest management specialists, teachers of horticulture in high schools and colleges, nursery production managers or owners, marketing or sales reps for green industry companies, and researchers in the public or private sectors.

You’ll find FSC graduates working at:

Many of our students also choose to go on to graduate school, earning master’s degrees and Ph.D.’s in horticultural, soil science, pest management, or weed science.


Program Requirements

Landscape Horticulture Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 63 hours
BIO 2235 General Botany
BIO 3100 Plant Taxonomy
BIO 4150 Plant Physiology
CHE 1011 Chemical Foundations of the Biological Sciences I and
CHE 1015 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry and
CHE 1017 Introduction to Chemical Analysis
CHE 1111 Principles of Chemistry I and
CHE 1112 Principles of Chemistry II
HRT 2100 Introduction to Horticultural Science
HRT 3301 Soil Science
HRT 3302 Plant Nutrition
HRT 4955 Career Development Skills for Internship
HRT 4960 Internship
HRT 4961 Internship
LND 2216 Introduction to Landscaping
LND 2230 Ornamental Landscape Plants
LND 3316 Residential Landscape Design
LND 3330 Landscape Management
LND 4303 Horticultural Pest and Disease Management
LND 4999 Nursery Design and Management

One of the following courses:

CIT 3301 Introduction to Citrus
HRT 3325 Principles of Turf Management
HRT 3326 Tropical and Temperate Fruits
HRT 4320 Special Topics in Horticulture
LND 4416 Landscape Contracting and Design
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 9 hours
E. Total 124 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
Academic Catalog  


Course Descriptions

Four hours. This is the first course in the landscape design series. Students learn principles of design, as well as a palette of appropriate plants for the local landscape. Basic principles of landscape gardening and garden planning are taught. Other subjects include plant identification with their uses in different landscape situations and the development of a landscape plan.

Four hours. Pre- or corequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This is the major plant identification class. Students learn not only the name of the plant, but also its environmental and horticultural requirements. This course involves identification, adaptation, and evaluation of trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, and herbaceous bedding plants, as well as the study of their characteristics and landscape uses. Field trips are required.

Four hours. Prerequisites: LND 2216 and 2230 or permission of the instructor. This course emphasizes residential landscapes and teaches drafting skills needed by a designer, including the principles and practices involved in preparing landscape plans and design. In addition, plant identification will be addressed. Individual projects allow students to apply this knowledge. Field trips are required.

Four hours. Prerequisites: HRT 2100 and LND 2230, or permission of the instructor. This course studies landscape management practices for residential and commercial sites, including cost estimating, bidding, and record keeping. Factors, which affect the growth and care of landscape plants, such as irrigation methods and weed management, will be evaluated. Field trips are required.

Four hours. Prerequisite: HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. This course examines the insects, mites, and nematodes affecting commercial, non-citrus horticultural crops of Florida, as well as the fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases of those crops. It considers biological, cultural, and chemical controls, planning spray programs, as well as pesticide safety and “best management practices.”

Four hours. Prerequisite: 3316 and pre- or corequisite LND 3330 or permission of the instructor. This course considers the commercial aspects of landscaping public grounds, parks, and schools. Individual projects and field trips are required.

Four hours. Prerequisites: LND 3316 or permission of the instructor and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This is the capstone course for the Landscape Horticulture major. It is a project-oriented discussion of commercial field- and container-grown nursery design and operation, cultural practices and crop scheduling, nursery management and financial planning. Field trips are required. Gen Ed: EC-C