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Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

Founded 1958
Lolly Tai, Ph.D., R.L.A., F.A.S.L.A., Chair
Dixon Hall 201
267-468-8181
la.hort@temple.edu
www.ambler.temple.edu/la-hort

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture offers four-year baccalaureate degree programs in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture; a two-year Associate in Science degree in Horticulture, with a general or business emphasis; and a credit certificate in horticulture. The Landscape Architecture degree is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.

With origins that trace back to the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, founded in 1911, the Department, throughout its history, has combined theory with practice. The curriculum is structured to develop the analytic, design, and scientific skills required to plan and manage our environment. Students learn to solve major environmental problems in the urban, suburban, and rural landscape through an ecological approach to planning, design, development, and care of the land. The unique curricula integrate horticulture and landscape architecture. A state-of-the-art greenhouse is available to students. Students and faculty also utilize the 187-acre Temple University Ambler campus as both an arboretum and living laboratory.

Careers in horticulture and landscape architecture are available in both the public and private sector. For landscape architecture graduates, careers in public landscape architecture include positions with regional, county, and city planning commissions, and park, recreation, housing, and transportation agencies. Private practice includes the design of recreational, residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects, as well as the overall planning of new communities. Environmental protection, historical restoration, and land reclamation efforts could also be an important part of the role of a landscape architect.

Students with a degree in horticulture could be involved in the production, use, installation, and management of plants. They may:

  • Produce plants in greenhouses and nurseries for sale and landscape use.
  • Design, install, and/or maintain residential, commercial, or public landscapes.
  • Work in arboreta, botanic gardens, parks, or golf courses.
  • Teach in a high school, community college, or university.
  • Research new technologies and plants in private and public institutions.
  • Work toward registration as a horticultural therapist.
  • Write about plants and horticulture for articles, books, and copy on websites.
  • Work as an extension agent or specialist helping residential and commercial clients.
  • Work in interior landscaping or floral design.
  • Work as a sales representative for horticultural or allied industries.
  • Own and operate their own business.

Financial Aid

In addition to assistance from the Department of Student Financial Services, there are several scholarships and grants-in-aid that are available only to Landscape Architecture and Horticulture students. Applications for department scholarships are available from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture office. Also see Financial Aid.

Continuing Education

The Department offers a variety of credit courses in the late afternoon, in the evening, and on weekends. These courses, available to degree seeking students, are also open to people interested in horticulture who are not seeking a degree. It is also possible, over a period of years, to complete all of the requirements for the credit certificate program or Associate in Science in Horticulture degree by attending late afternoon, evening, and weekend classes. For many, these courses are a means of advancing their careers; for others, they are a source of personal enrichment. For more information, contact the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.

Policies and Regulations

The following departmental policy is in addition to the University policies and regulations that apply to all undergraduate students and to the policies that apply to all Ambler College students.

Class Scheduling

The Associate's Degree in Horticulture can be completed in daytime or in late afternoon, evening, and Saturday classes. Students in the bachelor's degree programs in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture will be required to take classes during regular daytime hours, with some courses available in the evening and on weekends.

 

Horticulture Degree Requirements

Horticulture Bachelor of Science

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major. No more than one grade below a C- is allowed in any course in either Landscape Architecture or Horticulture.


Summary of Requirements for the Degree

1.  University requirements

  • Math 0045 (3 s.h.) and/or English 0040 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • University Core Curriculum requirements (33-44 s.h. plus required courses for the major), including completion of the Library Orientation, also known as Temple Information Literacy Tutorial or TILT. (Transfer students should see the Core Curriculum section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.)

2.  Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture bachelor's degree requirements (25 s.h.)

  • 8 courses are required:
    Landscape Architecture 0001, 0011 (formerly 0103); Botany C101, 0102; Horticulture 0107, 0108, C236, and 0310.

3.  Horticulture (Hort) major requirements (minimum of 60 s.h.)

  • Three (3) Landscape Architecture and Botany courses are required:
    Landscape Architecture 0134 (formerly 0054), Botany C203 and 0204
  • Nine (9) Horticulture courses are required:
    Horticulture 0201, 0202, 0203, 0301, 0311, 0317, 0339, 0340, W395
  • Three (3) classes in other departments' courses are required:
    Chemistry C061/63 and C062/64; Strategic and Organizational Communication (STOC) 0065; or Adult and Organizational Development (AOD) 0066
  • Four (4) Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, or Botany (LA/Hort/Bot) electives are required (minimum 12 s.h.)

4.  Electives (approximately 6 s.h.)

 

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Year 1 - Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany C101 General Botany 4 SA 
Chemistry

Chemistry
C061

C063
Introduction to Chemistry I
   and
Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I
3

1
SA

SA
English C050 College Composition  3 CO  
Core Elective Quantitative Reasoning, First Level 3 QA 
LA 0001 Natural and the Built Environment 3  
    Library Orientation (TILT) 0  
Semester Total     17  

Year 1 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany  0102 Plant Ecology 3  
Chemistry

Chemistry
C062

C064
Introduction to Chemistry II
   and
Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II
3

1
SB

SB
IH X051 Intellectual Heritage I 3 IA  
Core Elective Quantitative Reasoning, Second Level 3 QB  
Core Elective International Studies/Language 3 L/IS 
Semester Total     16  

Year 2 - Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort  0107 Woody Plants I 3  
Hort  0203 Greenhouse Management 3  
IH  X052 Intellectual Heritage II 3 IB 
LA  0011(0103) Graphics Communication 3  
Core Elective International Studies/Language 3 L/IS 
Semester Total     15  

Year 2 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany  C203 Plant Physiology 4 SB 
Hort 0108 Woody Plants II 3  
Hort C236 Soils 3 SB 
Hort 0301 Plant Propagation 3  
LA 0134 (0054) Design Process 3  
Semester Total     16  

Year 3 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort  0201 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
Hort  0311 Landscape Management 3  
LA/Hort/Bot    Elective 3  
Core Elective American Culture 3 AC  
Core Elective Arts 3 AR 
Semester Total     15  

Year 3 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort  0202 Herbaceous Plants II 3  
Hort  0310 Landscape Restoration 3  
Hort  0317 Food Crops I 3  
STOC

AOD
0065

0066
Public Speaking
  or
Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span
3  
Core Elective Individual and Society 3 IN 
Semester Total     15  

Year 4 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany   0204 Applied Plant Physiology 3  
Hort W395* Senior Seminar 3 WI 
Hort  0339 Applied Entomology 3  
LA/Hort/Bot    Elective 3  
Core Elective Studies in Race 3 RS 
Semester Total    15  
* Indicates Writing Capstone for the major.  

Year 4 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort  0340 Applied Plant Pathology 3  
LA/Hort/Bot    Electives 6  
    Electives 6  
Semester Total    15  

DEGREE TOTAL     124
Notes: 1.Choosing Writing Intensive course options from Elective "W" and/or Core "X" courses will satisfy the requirement of two elective Writing Intensive courses.
2. Students interested in the Edinburgh Exchange Program, Horticulture 0375, for the Spring of Year 3, should see their faculty advisor for application details.

Horticulture Associate in Science

The degree of Associate in Science in Horticulture may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major. No more than one grade below a C- is allowed in any course in either Landscape Architecture or Horticulture.

General Horticulture Option

This option in the Associate's Degree is for students interested in developing a well-rounded background in all areas of horticulture or specializing in a particular area of interest such as floral design, integrated pest management, or arboriculture.

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Year 1 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany  C101 General Botany 4 SA 
English  C050 College Composition 3 CO 
Hort  0015 Fundamentals of Horticulture 2  
Hort  0107 Woody Plants I 3  
Math

Math
0045

C055
Elementary Algebra
  or
College Mathematics
3

QA
Semester Total    15  

Year 1 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany  0102 Plant Ecology 3  
Hort   0108 Woody Plants II 3  
Hort    0317 Food Crops I 3  
LA/Hort/Bot   Electives 6  
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort   0201 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
Hort   0203 Greenhouse Management 3  
Hort 0311 Landscape Management 3  
Hort    0339 Applied Entomology 3  
LA/Hort/Bot   Elective  3  
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort   0202 Herbaceous Plants II 3  
Hort  C236 Soils 3 SB 
Hort   0301 Plant Propagation 3  
Hort    0340 Applied Plant Pathology 3  
LA/Hort/Bot   Elective  3  
Semester Total    15  

DEGREE TOTAL     60

Horticulture Business Option

This option in the Associate's Degree is for students interested in developing a background in landscape horticulture and in business.

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Year 1 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English C050 College Composition 3 CO 
Hort  0107 Woody Plants I 3  
Law and Business C001 Law in Society 3 IN 
Math  C055 College Math 3 QA
Economics C051 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN 
Semester Total    15  

Year 1 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Accounting   0001 Principles of Accounting I 3  
Botany   0102 Plant Ecology 3  
Hort   0108 Woody Plants II 3  
HRM 0083 Organization and Management 3  
Economics C052 Microeconomic Principles (recommended) 3 IN
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English W104 Writing for Business and Industry 3 WI
Hort   0201 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
Hort    0339 Applied Entomology 3  
Marketing 0081 Introduction to Marketing 3  
Hort Elective Select one:
Hort 0109, Arboriculture
Hort 0203, Greenhouse Management
Hort 0311, Landscape Management
Hort 0352, Nursery Management
3  
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort C236 Soils 3 SB 
Hort   0340 Applied Plant Pathology 3  
RMI  0001 Introduction to Risk Management 3  
Hort  Electives Select two:
Hort 0202, Herbaceous Plants II
Hort 0310, Landscape Restoration
Hort 0354, Turf Management
6  
Semester Total    15  
DEGREE TOTAL     60

Credit Certificates in Horticulture

Credit certificates may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of the required credits for the specific topic area with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall.

Landscape Plants

This credit certificate provides an intensive learning experience in both woody and herbaceous landscape plants and a brief introduction to other areas of horticulture. Learning the names and usage of plants provides a deeper understanding for anyone interested in gardening and landscaping. For the professional, it provides the essential knowledge of plants needed to design high-quality landscapes for clients. For the hobbyist, it provides information that enriches the gardening experience. Required courses are:

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hort 0015 Fundamentals of Horticulture 2  
Hort 0107 Woody Plants I 3  
Hort 0108 Woody Plants II 3  
Hort 0201 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
Hort 0202 Herbaceous Plants II 3  
Total Credits for the Landscape Plants Certificate 14  

Credit certificates in floral design, horticultural therapy, and other areas are under consideration. See the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture website for the latest information.

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