Arboriculture and Landscape Management

Program Codes: AALM
Associate of Applied Science

The Arboriculture and Landscape Management Program prepares students to perform as professional and business owners in the areas of tree and landscape planning, planting, and maintenance. The primary emphasis of the program focuses on the field of arboriculture including proper tree care methods. Students also receive classroom instruction and hands-on training in the areas of landscaping, greenhouse operations and turf management

Graduates are in high demand in this growing profession. Many go to work for or establish and run tree care companies, landscaping firms or tree nurseries. Some students continue their education in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Forestry or a related field.

At the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Understand the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry along with career opportunities and affiliated professional organizations
  • Identify native trees and commonly planted ornamental trees and shrubs.
  • Assess the condition of trees and shrubs on a property and be able to write maintenance recommendations.
  • Use approved equipment to safely work in trees in order to perform tree surgery tasks.
  • Properly prune and fertilize trees and shrubs.
  • Perform a street tree inventory as well as compile and assess gathered data
  • Understand landscape design principles and be able to properly install landscape plants
  • Propagate plants from seeds, cuttings, and grafting methods.
  • Recognize insect and disease problems of trees and understand acceptable control strategies.
  • Understand basic accounting principles
  • Appreciation the day-to-day workings of a tree care related business.
  • Communicate, reason, and interact in a professional manner
  • Use basic GIS technology and computer mapping technology

Degree Requirements:

A minimum of 60 credit hours is required for completion of this A.A.S. Degree program; 20 of the credit hours shall be in the liberal arts and sciences.

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Semester 1

Semester 2

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Summer Internship

The Summer AALM internship course is FOR 295.  Alternatively, MGT 101 or MGT 200 can be taken during any regular semester in place of FOR 295.



Semester 3


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Semester 4

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Restricted Elective


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Business Elective

ECN, MGT, MKT Courses

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Total Credits 60

Contact Information

Professor Randall Swanson, Program Coordinator


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