Landscape Horticulture (LH & LDC)

Landscape Horticulture (LH)

The Landscape Horticulture program focuses on interior and exterior landscape design, installation, and management.

Students complete foundation courses in horticulture, and then take additional technical courses in subject areas tailored to individual needs, including advanced landscape design, computerized landscape design, landscape construction, arboriculture, or greenhouse or nursery management. Core business courses prepare students for management positions. 

The Landscape Horticulture degree program is industry-accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)

Landscape Design Certificate (LDC)

The Landscape Design Certificate is for students interested in learning landscape design skills, and is an excellent addition to the Landscape Horticulture major. 

For students who already have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree (usually in business or horticulture), the Landscape Design Certificate meets the need for professional credentials in the field of landscape design. 

For more information, please contact the Business Technologies Division at (513) 569-1620.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit our Admissions Page

Landscape Horticulture (LH)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
LH 105Horticulture Occupations ( B) 111
LH 120Soil Science and Plant Nutrition ( T) 223
LH 130Woody Plant Materials ( T) 153
LH 125Turfgrass Management ( B) 223
LH 140Landscape Operations ( B) 233
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
Semester 2  
BUS 190Professional Practices ( B) 101
LH 110Horticulture Science ( G) 233
LH 151Landscape Design 1 ( T) 233
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
XXX XXX Computer Elective (T)  233
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)  303
Semester 3  
LH 135Herbaceous Plant Materials ( T) 233
LH 165Landscape Construction ( 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 XXX Landscape Elective 1 (T)  233
XXX XXX Management/Marketing Elective (B)  303
Semester 5  
LH 205Landscape Pests and Controls ( T) 233
LH 240Landscape Management ( T) 233
LH XXX Landscape Elective 2 (T)  303
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)  303
Semester 6  
LH X9X Cooperative Education Elective 2: Landscape Horticulture (T)  1402
Total Credits:  5111967

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
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
Computer Elective
LH 155Computer-Aided Landscape Design3
IM 111Computer Applications 13
IM 112Computer Applications 23
IM 120Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning3
MAT 111Business Mathematics3
MAT 115Pre-Statistics3
MAT 120Technical Mathematics3
MAT 125Algebra and Trigonometry4
Landscape Elective
LH 115Floral Design and Marketing3
LH 160Irrigation Design, Installation, and Management3
LH 175Interior Plantscaping3
LH 215Arboriculture3
LH 225Greenhouse Management and Plant Production3
LH 252Landscape Design 23
LH 265Landscape Grading, Drainage, and Surveying3
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
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

Landscape Design Certificate (LDC)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
LH 105Horticulture Occupations 111
LH 110Horticulture Science 233
LH 120Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 223
LH 130Woody Plant Materials 153
LH 140Landscape Operations 233
LH 151Landscape Design 1 233
Semester 2  
LH 135Herbaceous Plant Materials 233
LH 155Computer-Aided Landscape Design 233
LH 160Irrigation Design, Installation, and Management 233
LH 165Landscape Construction 233
Semester 3  
LH 240Landscape Management 233
LH 252Landscape Design 2 233
LH 265Landscape Grading, Drainage, and Surveying 223
Total Credits:  243737

Courses

LH 105 Horticulture Occupations
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 1 Lab Hour.

An introduction to horticulture occupations in the Cincinnati region. Topics include: job levels, working conditions, abilities needed, and benefits within the horticulture industries; resume preparation; interviewing; and business etiquette for the landscaping industry.
Prerequisites: None
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LH 110 Horticulture Science
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on plant classification, structures, physiology, and development, and the environmental conditions that affect plant growth.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 115 Floral Design and Marketing
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on concepts and techniques of floral design. Topics include: floral design styles, pricing, shop management, and specialized work such as weddings and funerals. Students must attend off-campus field trips.
Prerequisites: None
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LH 120 Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Topics include: soil formation; soil conservation; and properties of soils that affect plant growth, development, and health.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 125 Turfgrass Management
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on principles and practices for management of turfgrass installations. Topics include: turfgrass identification, growth, uses, and establishment; and pest control. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: AFM 092 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 130 Woody Plant Materials
3 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 5 Lab Hours.

A course on woody plants grown by nurseries and found in the landscape and in naturalized settings of Ohio. Topics include: identifying the features and landscape uses of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and vines. Students must attend weekly plant walk field trips.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 135 Herbaceous Plant Materials
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on annual, biennial, and non-woody plants commonly used in landscapes of the greater Cincinnati region. Topics include: identification, culture, and design uses of plants for landscapes.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 140 Landscape Operations
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on equipment used for landscape activities such as planting trees and shrubs and maintaining landscaped areas. Topics include: job safety; and operations of equipment such as loaders, backhoes, tractors, and commercial mowers. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: None
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LH 145 Horticulture Mechanics
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the mechanical systems used in the landscape industry. Topics include small engine theory, operation, and repair; gasoline and diesel fuels; hydraulic power systems; and traditional and alternative electrical systems.
Prerequisites: None
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LH 151 Landscape Design 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on landscape development for residential and small commercial sites. Topics include: the design process, proper design development, and graphics and lettering. Students must provide their own drawing tools and must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 155 Computer-Aided Landscape Design
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on techniques for using computers in landscape design and contracting. Topics include: generating plot plans, planting plans, and presentation drawings.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 160 Irrigation Design, Installation, and Management
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on designing, installing, and managing residential and commercial irrigation systems. Students must participate in field work.
Prerequisites: LH 125 and LH 151
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LH 165 Landscape Construction
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on techniques and use of materials for constructing and installing landscape planting features and structures such as gardens, terraces, walls, fences, mounds, ponds, irrigation, and outdoor lighting. Students must participate in field work.
Prerequisites: LH 151
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LH 170 From Field to Kitchen
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on edible plants, herbs, and spices and their use in culinary preparations.
Prerequisites: None
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Instructor Consent Required

LH 175 Interior Plantscaping
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on the use of foliage and blooming plants to enhance interior areas of buildings. Topics include: classification, culture, and design applications.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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LH 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BUS 190
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LH 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: LH 191
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LH 193 Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Landscape Horticulture
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their third part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: LH 192
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LH 194 Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Landscape Horticulture
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their fourth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: LH 194
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LH 195 Part-Time Cooperative Education 5: Landscape Horticulture
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their fifth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: LH 195
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LH 196 Part-Time Cooperative Education 6: Landscape Horticulture
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their sixth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: LH 195
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LH 198 First Year Special Topics in Landscape Horticultur
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Landscape Horticulture, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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LH 199 First Year Independent Project in Landscape Horticulture
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Landscape Horticulture that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Landscape Horticulture faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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LH 205 Landscape Pests and Controls
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on identification, diagnosis, and control of common insect, disease, and weed pests in the landscape industry. Topics include: integrated pest management/plant health care principles, and Ohio Department of Agriculture Commercial CORE and Category 6d exams.
Prerequisites: LH 110 , LH 130 , and LH 135
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LH 210 Turfgrass Pests and Controls
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on identification, diagnosis, and control of common insect, disease, and weed pests of turfgrasses. Topics include: integrated pest management/plant health care principles, and Ohio Department of Agriculture Commercial CORE and Category 8 exams. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 110 and LH 125
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LH 215 Arboriculture
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on principles and techniques of the commercial arboriculture business. Topics include: trees and the environment; protection, diagnosis, and treatment of tree health problems; techniques for pruning, removal, and climbing; and job safety. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 110
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LH 225 Greenhouse Management and Plant Production
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on principles and practices for greenhouse management and plant production. Topics include: greenhouse structures and maintenance, and managing environmental conditions vital to plant growth. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 110 and LH 135
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LH 230 Landscape Solutions to Stormwater Management
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on using landscaping to manage stormwater and water runoff. Topics include: the ecology, design, installation, and maintenance of water management and retention systems including bioswales, green roofs, and rain gardens. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 110 , LH 120 , and LH 151
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LH 240 Landscape Management
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on principles and practices of management used in the landscape industry. Topics include: seasonal planning for landscape maintenance, contracts and specifications, cost estimating, business management, and personnel management. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: AFM 092 or appropriate placement test score, LH 110 , LH 120 , and LH 130
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LH 245 Plants for Sustainable Landscapes
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on identification, culture, and uses of nursery-grown woody and herbaceous plants in Cincinnati-area sustainable landscapes. Topics include: using native species appropriately, and controlling invasive species. Students must attend weekly field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 130 , LH 135 , and LH 151
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LH 252 Landscape Design 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on application of design theory to develop creative solutions to landscape problems. Topics include: graphic skills such as section, elevation, isometric and perspective techniques; construction plans; interaction with clients; and sales presentations. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 130 , LH 140 , and LH 151
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LH 255 Golf Course and Athletic Field Management
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on techniques for golf course and athletic field management. Topics include: layout and construction, course/field management systems, maintenance, budgeting, record-keeping, golf-specific turf care, turfgrass selection and enhancement, practices for playability enhancement, field set-up, and renovation of existing fields. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 125 and instructor consent
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Instructor Consent Required

LH 265 Landscape Grading, Drainage, and Surveying
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on landscape site preparation. Topics include: site assessment, establishing grades, soil conservation and improvement, surface and sub-surface drain systems, cut-and-fill calculations, and safe operation of equipment. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: AFM 092 or appropriate placement test score and LH 151
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LH 290 Sustainable Landscape Design Capstone
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Students complete a project while examining the landscape designer's role in restoring and protecting habitats. Topics include: site choice, stormwater controls, xeriscaping, criteria for LEED and other certifications, and techniques for landscape features such as green roofs and rain gardens. Students must attend field trips.
Prerequisites: LH 151 , LH 155 , LH 230 , and LH 245
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LH 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BUS 190
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LH 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: LH 291
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LH 293 Full-Time Cooperative Education 3: Landscape Horticulture
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their third full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: LH 292
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LH 298 Second Year Special Topics in Landscape Horticulture
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Landscape Horticulture, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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LH 299 Second Year Independent Project in Landscape Horticulture
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Landscape Horticulture that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Landscape Horticulture faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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Faculty

Program Chair

Professor Samuel (Mark) Deacon, MS
mark.deacon@cincinnatistate.edu

Advisor

Professor Heather Augustine, MS, LEED Green Associate
heather.augustine@cincinnatistate.edu

Co-op Coordinator

Brian Hooten, MAOL
brian.hooten@cincinnatistate.edu