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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613


The Bachelor of Applied Horticulture provides a course of study for students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture Technology and wish to complete a bachelor's degree in their chosen field. The program builds upon the knowledge acquired in the associate's degree and aid students in the development of managerial level expertise in such areas as landscape architecture, urban ecology, sports turf management, landscape design, plant propagation and nursery operations. This degree is designed to increase the student's potential by emphasizing technical application and theory, while the liberal education requirements will increase the student's ability to understand the environment in which he or she is working. Expanded internship offerings and specific targeted practicum areas for student exploration are promoted. The program is offered at the Salem campus.

Career Opportunities

Landscape architects held about 28,000 jobs in 2006. More than 1 out of 2 landscape architects were employed in architectural, engineering, and related services. State and local governments employed approximately 6 percent of all landscape architects. About 2 out of 10 landscape architects were self-employed.

Employment of landscape architects is concentrated in urban and suburban areas throughout the country; some landscape architects work in rural areas, particularly those employed by the Federal Government to plan and design parks and recreation areas.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture Technology.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 125 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative and major GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Interpret soil test results, analyze and determine ways to amend soils.

2. Demonstrate the knowledge of plant characteristics, culture, use, propagation, identification, and taxonomy.

3. Demonstrate the knowledge of pest characteristics, damage, control strategies, IPM, identification and taxonomy.

4. Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking, antecedent  consequence and hypothetical reasoning.

5. Work and demonstrate successfully their skills in the work place.

6. Develop business, communication, computer, math skills and their application.

7. Develop knowledge of the proper safety procedures used in the workplace.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (62-64 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA  
Type Course Title Credits
  BSCI 16001 Horticultural Botany     3
    26002 Ecological Principles of Pest Management 3
    26003 Plant Identification and Selection I    3
    26004 Plant Identification and Selection II 3
  GEOG 16001 Soil and Horticultural Management 3
  HORT 16001 Opportunities in Horticulture 1
    26001 Occupational Regulations and Safety 2
    26016 Irrigation Design and Maintenance 3
    26018 Landscape Construction    3
    36014 Plant Propagation 3
    36018 Landscape Construction II 3
 WIC   36025 Professional Practice in Horticulture 3
    36046 Landscape Design II 3
ELR   36092 Internship in Horticulture 4
    46014 Garden Center and Nursery Production Management 3
ELR    46092 Practicum in Horticulture 3
  Choose from the following: 4-6
  GEOG 31062 Fundamentals of Meteorology (3)  
    31080 Geography of Wine (3)  
  HORT 36034 Sports Turf Management (3)  
    41096 Individual Investigation (1-3)  
  Choose from the following: 6
  HORT 26011 Cooperative Work Experience in Tree Care (3)  
    26021 Cooperative Work Experience in Landscape Management (3)  
    26031 Cooperative Work Experience in Turfgrass Management (3)  
  Choose from the following groups: 6
  HORT 26010 Arboriculture (3)  
    26012 Urban Forestry (3)  
    26020 Professional Landscape Management (3)  
    26046 Landscape Design I (3)  
    26030  Turfgrass Management (3)  
    26032  Golf Course Management (3)  
Type Course Title Credits
KFA ARTH 22007 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Period 3
  BMRT 11000 Introduction to Business 3
KBS CHEM 10030 Chemistry in Our World 3
KBS   10031 Chemistry in Our World Laboratory 1
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
  COMT 11000 Introduction to Computer Systems 3
GEOG 17064 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
    31070 Population and the Environment 3
    37010 Geography of Ohio 3
KBS GEOL 21062 Environmental Geology 3
    41073 Geology of Ohio    3
KMC MATH 11009

Modeling Algebra (4)
Algebra for Calculus (3)
PHIL 21001 Introduction to Ethics 3
  Foreign Language** 4-8
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3
  Kent Core Additional 3
  General Electives (upper division) 6

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

*Courses in one foreign language or American Sign Language or equivalent in proficiency required. This requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following two conditions: (1) passing the first two semesters of any foreign language or American Sign Language, or (2) passing a course at the Elementary II level or above.

Special Major Note:

Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 125 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.