Horticultural Science (BS): Landscape Design, Gardens & Urban Environments Concentration

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Bachelor of Science in Horticultural Science: Landscape Design, Gardens and Urban Environments Concentration is one of the four concentrations offered in by the Department of Horticultural Science. Students are offered a unique look at various aspects of Horticulture.  

The Landscape Design, Gardens and Urban Environments concentration is a menu driven concentration that allows students to direct their education in either landscape design or gardens and their uses in urban spaces. Students are required to take two Biology courses, Soil Science, General Chemistry, and Whole Plant Physiology. The remaining courses for the major are selected from a series of topical menus: Plant Protection Electives, Business Electives, and Advised Electives. 

Students can follow paths toward residential landscape design, landscape construction and maintenance, public gardens and urban ecosystem management or pursue a graduate degree.

Coordinator

Dr. Helen Kraus
Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor
Department of Horticultural Science
114 Kilgore Hall, Campus Box 7609
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
919.515.1208

Plan Requirements

Orientation
ALS 103Freshman Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences1
or ALS 303 Transfer Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences
Communication3
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Mathematics & Sciences
MA 107Precalculus I3
MA 114Introduction to Finite Mathematics with Applications3
or MA 121 Elements of Calculus
or MA 131 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A
or ST 311 Introduction to Statistics
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
BIO 181Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity4
BIO 183Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology4
or PB 200 Plant Life
Select one of the following Economics Electives:3
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Fundamentals of Economics
Foundational Courses
HS 201The World of Horticulture: Principles and Practices3
HS 242Introduction to Small Scale Landscape Design3
HS 272Landscape Design/Build6
HS 290Horticulture: Careers and Opportunities1
HS 301Plant Propagation4
HS 303Ornamental Plant Identification I3
HS 304Ornamental Plant Identification II3
HS 471Landscape Ecosystem Management4
SSC 200
SSC 201
Soil Science
and Soil Science Laboratory
4
PB 321Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology3
PB 360Ecology4
Select one of the following Environmental Electives:3
Water Resources: Global Issues in Ecology, Policy, Management, and Advocacy
Climate Change and Sustainability
Environmental Ethics
Humans and the Environment
Humans and the Environment
Select one of the following Internship/Research/Training courses:3
Horticulture Internship
Research Experience in Horticultural Science
Teaching Experience in Horticultural Science
Electives
Plant Protective Electives6
Business Elective 3
Broad-Scope Elective 3
Advised Electives13
GEP Courses
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research 14
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts)3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives2
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement)
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Free Electives
Free Electives (12 Hr S/U Lmt) 26
Total Hours120

Plant Protective Electives

CS 414Weed Science4
CS 415Integrated Pest Management3
ENT 425General Entomology3
Select a maximum of one of the following:
Forest Pathology
Principles of Plant Pathology
Forest Pathology

Business Electives

ACC 280Survey of Financial and Managerial Accounting3
ARE 215Small Business Accounting3
ARE 304Agribusiness Management3
ARE 306Agricultural Law3
ARE 309Environmental Law & Economic Policy3
ARE 312Agribusiness Marketing3
ARE 321Agricultural Financial Management3
ARE 323Agribusiness Finance3
ARE 332Human Resource Management for Agribusiness3
HS 475Horticulture Entrepreneurship 3

Advised Electives

Broad-Scope Electives
CS 200Introduction to Turfgrass Management4
HS 280Hands-On-Horticulture3
HS 420Green Infrastructure3
HS 432Introduction to Permaculture3
HS 451Plant Nutrition3
HS 491Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Study Abroad3
HS 520Green Infrastructure3
HS 532Introduction to Permaculture3
HS 551Plant Nutrition3
SSC 341Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management3
SSC 342Soil and Plant Nutrient Analysis1
PB 215Medicinal Plants3
or PB 220 Local Flora
Landscape Design Electives
HS 252Landscape Graphic Communication2
HS 357Landscape Grading and Drainage4
HS 400Residential Landscaping6
HS 416Planting Design4
HS 418Digital Media Graphic for Landscape Designers3
HS 516Planting Design4
Gardens & Urban Environments
COM 289Science Communication and Public Engagement3
HS 400Residential Landscaping6
HS 418Digital Media Graphic for Landscape Designers3
HS 428Service-Learning in Urban Agriculture Systems1
HS 433Public Garden Administration3
HS 533Public Garden Administration3
NPS 340Fundamentals of Grant Development for Nonprofits3
PS 203Introduction to Nonprofits3
SSC 428Service-Learning in Urban Agriculture Systems1

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ALS 103
Freshman Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences
or Transfer Transitions and Diversity in Agriculture & Life Sciences
1
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 4
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
HS 201 The World of Horticulture: Principles and Practices 3
HS 290 Horticulture: Careers and Opportunities 1
MA 107 Precalculus I 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
BIO 183
Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
or Plant Life
4
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Small Group Communication  
GEP Humanities 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Finite Mathematics with Applications  
Elements of Calculus  
Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A  
Introduction to Statistics  
 Hours13
Second Year
Fall Semester
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1
GEP Humanities 3
HS 303 Ornamental Plant Identification I 3
PB/AEC 360 Ecology 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
Advised Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Fundamentals of Economics  
HS 242 Introduction to Small Scale Landscape Design 3
HS 304 Ornamental Plant Identification II 3
SSC 200 Soil Science 3
SSC 201 Soil Science Laboratory 1
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
Business Elective 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
HS 272 Landscape Design/Build 6
Select one of the following: 3
Horticulture Internship  
Research Experience in Horticultural Science  
Teaching Experience in Horticultural Science  
Plant Protection Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
Advised Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Water Resources: Global Issues in Ecology, Policy, Management, and Advocacy  
Climate Change and Sustainability  
Environmental Ethics  
Humans and the Environment  
Free Elective 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
PB 321 Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Advised Elective 4
GEP Additional Breadth 3
HS 301 Plant Propagation 4
HS 471 Landscape Ecosystem Management 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Advised Electives 6
Plant Protection Elective 3
Free Elective 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Career Opportunities

Horticulture graduates fill positions in production, processing, sales, service, and outreach. Among these are:

  • County extension agents
  • Vocational agriculture teachers
  • Plant breeders
  • Landscape designers and landscape contractors
  • Floral crop grower or floral designer
  • Fruit and vegetable growers
  • Business owners
  • Orchard, nursery, greenhouse, and garden center managers
  • Research, production, and promotional specialists with commercial seed, fertilizer chemical, and food companies
  • Urban horticulture specialists
  • Garden writers
  • Quality control technologists
  • USDA specialists
  • County and state government planners
  • Leaders in other phases of agricultural and industrial developments
  • Students also prepare for careers in research, teaching or extension in horticulture