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Horticulture Technology


Landscaping at Kent State University at Salem


Choose Your Preferred Area of Concentration

Urban Forestry - managing landscape trees for public and private organizations

Landscape Design - planning installing and maintaining landscaped properties

Turfgrass Management - maintaining lawns and turf at residential, commercial and sports facilities

Why Choose Horticulture at Kent State?

This program is designed for full-time study over two years. Horticulture industry leaders worked with Kent State to develop this broad-based plant and soil science curriculum. You'll get practical experience through hands-on training in outdoor labs, field trips to employer sites and two paid summer internships.

Our on-campus facilities include greenhouses, an arboretum, nurseries, nature trails and plant demonstration plots. Off- campus facilities include the Draime Estate Legacy Gardens, a horticultural showcase offering internships and other educational opportunities to benefit Kent State students.

You may attend classes at more than one campus at one time and take advantage of evening, weekend, distance learning and online classes. And if you choose to continue your education, many of the credits earned in this associate degree program can be applied toward a bachelor's degree.

When you've completed your studies, our career placement opportunities are excellent.

Why Study Horticulture Technology?

With this degree, you'll find doors of opportunity open in many  horticultural professions including landscape management, turf management and tree care. Some key facts:

  • Ohio is ranked 5th in the U.S. for horticultural production and services with over $4 billion in sales. Landscape contractors employ 12,000 to 15,000 people every year in Ohio alone.
  • Turf management graduates have substantial career opportunities in residential/commercial companies, golf courses, country clubs and sports field management.
  • Urban forestry is one of the top five horticulture markets in the country.

Learn the skills you need to start a career, advance in your current career or create a new beginning in another profession.

Graduates of the Horticulture Technology Program Can Pursue Many Related Professions:

  • City foresters and arborists
  • Historic and public garden curators
  • Irrigation specialists
  • Landscape designers, contractors and installation/ maintenance supervisors
  • Nursery, garden center and greenhouse managers and technicians
  • Plant, tree and shrub care specialists
  • Private estate and municipal horticulturists
  • Professional grounds managers and technicians
  • Residential/ commercial turfgrass specialists and sod farm managers