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Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

Founded 1958


Mary E. Myers, R.L.A., A.S.L.A., Ph.D., Acting 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 credit certificates 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 at Ambler in 1911, the Department, throughout its history, has combined theory with practice. Committed to excellence in ecologically-based education, the department provides students with the knowledge and understanding of sustainable environments. Through an ecological approach to planning, design, development, and care of the land, the programs in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture promote the development of skills to improve the quality of urban, suburban, and rural communities. 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 Web sites.
  • 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 and at www.temple.edu/ambler/ac_services/scholarshipslah.htm. 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 credit certificate programs 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 0701 (3 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (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 1013 and 1141; Botany 1111 and 1112; Horticulture 1211, 1212, 2114, and 3514.

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

  • Three (3) Landscape Architecture and Botany courses are required:
    Landscape Architecture 2124; Botany 2121 and 3122.
  • Nine (9) Horticulture courses are required:
    Horticulture 2221, 2222, 2323, 2324, 2334, 3423, 3424, 3523, and 4896.
  • Three (3) classes in other departments are required:
    Chemistry 1021/1023 and 1022/1024; Strategic and Organizational Communication (STOC) 1111 OR Adult and Organizational Development (AOD) 1166.
  • Four (4) Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, or Botany (LAN ARC/HORT/Botany) 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 1111 General Botany 4 SA 
Chemistry

Chemistry
1021

1023
Introduction to Chemistry I
   and
Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I
3

1
SA

SA
English 1002/1022 College Composition  3 CO/RC  
Core Elective Quantitative Reasoning, First Level 3 QA 
LAN ARC 1013 Natural and the Built Environment 3  
    Library Orientation (TILT) 0  
Semester Total     17  

Year 1 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany  1112 Plant Ecology 3  
Chemistry

Chemistry
1022

1024
Introduction to Chemistry II
   and
Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II
3

1
SB

SB
IH 1196 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  1211 Woody Plants I 3  
HORT  2323 Greenhouse Management 3  
LAN ARC  1141 Graphics Communication 3  
IH  1297 Intellectual Heritage II 3 IB 
Core Elective International Studies/Language 3 L/IS 
Semester Total     15  

Year 2 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany  2121 Plant Physiology 4 SB 
HORT 1212 Woody Plants II 3  
HORT 2114 Soils 3 SB 
HORT 2324 Plant Propagation 3  
LAN ARC 2124 Design Process 3  
Semester Total     16  

Year 3 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HORT  2221 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
HORT 3523 Landscape Management 3  
LAN ARC/HORT/Botany    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  2222 Herbaceous Plants II 3  
HORT  2334 Food Crops I 3  
HORT  3514 Landscape Restoration 3  
STOC

AOD
1111

1166
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   3122 Applied Plant Physiology 3  
HORT  3423 Applied Entomology 3  
HORT 4896* Senior Seminar 3 WI 
LAN ARC/HORT/Botany    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  3424 Applied Plant Pathology 3  
LAN ARC/HORT/Botany    Electives 6  
    Electives 6  
Semester Total    15  

DEGREE TOTAL     124
Note: Choosing Writing Intensive course options from Elective "W" and/or Core "X" courses will satisfy the requirement of two elective Writing Intensive courses.

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  1111 General Botany 4 SA 
HORT  1001 Fundamentals of Horticulture 2  
HORT  1211 Woody Plants I 3  
English  1002/1022 College Composition 3 CO/RC 
Math

Math
1001

1011
Elementary Algebra
  or
College Mathematics
3

QA
Semester Total    15  

Year 1 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany  1112 Plant Ecology 3  
HORT   1212 Woody Plants II 3  
HORT    2334 Food Crops I 3  
LAN ARC/HORT/Botany   Electives 6  
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HORT   2221 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
HORT   2323 Greenhouse Management 3  
HORT 3423 Applied Entomology 3  
HORT    3523 Landscape Management 3  
LAN ARC/HORT/Botany   Elective  3  
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HORT   2114 Soils 3 SB
HORT  2222 Herbaceous Plants II 3  
HORT   2324 Plant Propagation 3  
HORT    3424 Applied Plant Pathology 3  
LAN ARC/HORT/Botany   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
HORT  1211 Woody Plants I 3  
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN 
English 1002/1022 College Composition 3 CO/RC 
Law S.B.M. 1001 Law in Society 3 IN 
Math  1011 College Math 3 QA
Semester Total    15  

Year 1 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Botany   1112 Plant Ecology 3  
HORT   1212 Woody Plants II 3  
Accounting   2101 Principles of Accounting I 3  
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
HR MGMT 1101 Organization and Management 3  
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Fall         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HORT   2221 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
HORT    3423 Applied Entomology 3  
English 2596 Writing for Business and Industry 3 WI
Marketing 2101 Introduction to Marketing 3  
HORT Elective

Select one:
HORT 2555, Arboriculture
HORT 2323, Greenhouse Management
HORT 2366, Nursery Management

HORT 3523, Landscape Management

3  
Semester Total    15  

Year 2 - Spring       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HORT 2114 Soils 3 SB 
HORT   3424 Applied Plant Pathology 3  
RSK MGT 2101 Introduction to Risk Management 3  
HORT  Electives Select two:
HORT 2222, Herbaceous Plants II
HORT 2565, Turf Management
HORT 3514, Landscape Restoration
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.

Horticultural Therapy

This credit certificate course sequence meets the horticultural therapy course content required by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) for registration as a Horticultural Therapist.  View the AHTA website (www.ahta.org) for ADDITIONAL requirements for the Voluntary Professional Registration program as a Horticultural Therapist, such as internship experience.  Required courses are:

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HORT

HORT
1001

1651
Fundamentals of Horticulture
     or
Art of Floral Design I
2

3

 

AR

HORT 2221 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
HORT 2753 Introduction to Horticultural Therapy 3  
HORT 2754 Horticultural Therapy Skills 3  
HORT 2755 Horticultural Therapy Program Management 3  
Total Credits for the Temple Ambler Horticultural Therapy Certificate 14-15  


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 1001 Fundamentals of Horticulture 2  
HORT 1211 Woody Plants I 3  
HORT 1212 Woody Plants II 3  
HORT 2221 Herbaceous Plants I 3  
HORT 2222 Herbaceous Plants II 3  
Total Credits for the Landscape Plants Certificate 14  

Other credit certificate areas are under consideration. See the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Web site for the latest information.

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