Sustainable Horticulture (SH)

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. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Business degree.

The Sustainable Horticulture Program is accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Sustainable Agriculture Management Certificate (AGRC)

The Sustainable Agriculture Management Certificate program leads to career opportunities in specialty crop growing operations, farmers’ markets, and other urban agriculture initiatives. The program is designed for completion in one year (three semesters) as a full-time student.

Students are involved in continuous hands-on learning at a local farm throughout the program. Coursework includes soil and plant science, detailed production of specialty crops, and an introduction to raising small animals, along with the financial, marketing, and management skills needed to successfully run an agriculture business.

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

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 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Landscape Horticulture ( T) 1402
LH 165Landscape Construction ( T) 233
LH 135Herbaceous Plant Materials ( T) 233
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 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Landscape Horticulture ( T) 1402
Total Credits:  4812067

Electives 

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 110Sales and Customer Relations3
MKT 130Professional Selling3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences3
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

Sustainable Agriculture Management Certificate (AGRC)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
AGR 100Introduction to Urban Agriculture 233
LH 120Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 223
AGR 150Fall Production 063
ACC 101Financial Accounting 223
Semester 2  
AGR 105Vegetable Crop Production 233
LH 110Horticulture Science 233
AGR 135Fruit and Nut Production 233
AGR 155Spring Production 063
Semester 3  
MGT 120Entrepreneurship 303
AGR 140Pest and Policy Management for Specialty Crops 233
AGR 160Summer Production 063
MKT 1XX Marketing Elective  303
Total Credits:  203736

Electives 

Marketing Elective 3
MKT 101Principles of Marketing3
MKT 130Professional Selling3

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. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on the 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