Landscape Architecture/Landscape and Nursery Technology

School of Business and Technology

Dean: Mink Stavenga, DBA

Department Chair: Marie Vicario-Fisher, M.S., M.P.H.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 470K, (619) 482-6569

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Landscape architecture is the study of principles and practices related to the design and installation of environmentally pleasing landscape designs for homes, parks, commercial buildings, and natural settings. Landscape technology deals with study of the practices of landscape installation methods and landscape maintenance techniques for homes, parks, commercial settings, and utility areas. Golf and sports turf management is the study of the installation and proper management of quality sports fields and golf course turfs. Nursery technology studies the careers of plant propagation, nursery production, and nursery sales. Floral design covers the production of quality floral arrangements, flower shop management, wedding consultations and design, and interiorscaping.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for students majoring in landscape architecture, landscape occupations, nursery occupations, floral design occupations, or golf and sports turf management. Most of these require a certificate or associate degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and a few require a graduate-level degree: landscape contractor, landscape designer, licensed landscape architect, floral designer, assistant floral designer, sprinkler technician, golf course superintendent or assistant superintendent, retail nursery manager, nursery manager, greenhouse technician, floral shop owner or manager, landscape maintenance company owner or manager, or horticultural teacher.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Golf and Sports Turf Management 02601
Landscape Architecture 02610
Landscape Occupations 02600
Nursery Occupations
Floral Design 02821
Retail Nursery and Plant Production 02822
Certificate of Achievement
Golf and Sports Turf Management 02602
Landscape Architecture 02611
Landscape Occupations 02603
Nursery Occupations
Floral Design 02823
Retail Nursery and Plant Production 02824

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

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LA 104

LANDSCAPE GRAPHICS AND PLANTING DESIGN

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces presentation graphics and drafting for landscape design, including a step-by-step study of creating concept plans and drafting landscape construction drawings. Emphasizes methods for proper use of plant materials and planting design theory. [D; CSU]

LA 200

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER-AIDED LANDSCAPE DESIGN

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LNT 120 and LNT 128, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction in the use of computer-aided design as applied to the landscape architecture field. Focuses on the creation of landscape, sprinkler, and three-dimensional plans using the software AutoCAD. Includes instruction on drawing and editing commands, file management, and printing options. [D; CSU]

LA 201

ADVANCED COMPUTER-AIDED LANDSCAPE DESIGN

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: LA 200 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Continued instruction in the use of the software AutoCAD and "LandCAD." Creation of complete landscape and sprinkler plans including plan and 3D views, site details, contour maps, plant database manipulation, and completing cost estimates from completed plans. [D; CSU]

LA 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of landscape architecture of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]