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Landscape Technology, associate degree

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The landscape construction and maintenance require more than a hard work ethic – they require knowledge of plants, soils, equipment, and construction. The LAT program lays a solid base for students to readily find employment and quickly move up the ranks into higher-paid positions.

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Associate Degree: Landscape Technology2 years

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What will you learn?

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A 2-year degree will satisfy the requirements to sit for the Oregon State Landscape Contractors Exam.

  • Plant identification and care
  • Tree care and pruning
  • Construction techniques
  • Irrigation fundamentals
  • Equipment operation
  • Grading and drainage
  • Plan reading
  • Estimating and bidding
  • Business management and operations


Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
LAT 101 Introduction to the Landscape Industry 2
LAT 236 Landscape Math § 3
Plant ID Electives 3
General Education: 1 course
Second Term
CSS 200 Soils and Plant Nutrition 4
LAT 115 Tool and Equipment Safety, Operation and Maintenance 3
LAT 272 Sustainable Landscaping 3
Plant ID Electives 3
Third Term
LAT 102 Plant Establishment and Maintenance 3
LAT 108 Landscape Irrigation I 3
Plant ID Electives 3
General Education: 1 course
Fourth Term
LAT 280A Cooperative Education: Landscape 1 3
Landscape Technology Electives 3
General Education: 2 courses
Fifth Term
LAT 106 Plant Anatomy and Physiology 4
LAT 111 Landscape Construction Practices 3
LAT 223 Site Evaluation 3
Landscape Technology Electives 3
Sixth Term
LAT 104 Pesticides 3
LAT 240 Tree Care 3
LAT 243 Landscape Business Operations 3
LAT 264 Landscape Estimating and Bidding 3
Seventh Term
LAT 224 Grading and Drainage 3
LAT 250 Plant Diseases, Insects and Weed Identification 3
LAT 276 Employment & Careers in the Landscape Industry 2
Eighth Term
LAT 280A Cooperative Education: Landscape 3
MSD 101 Principles of Management and Supervision 3
Landscape Technology Electives 3
 Total Credits90

 Course cannot be substituted with another course.


Students with one year documented work experience may take an additional 3 credits of General Education or landscape electives in place of cooperative work experience. Arrange with the landscape department chair.


Most LAT classes are only offered once a year.  First term corresponds to the fall term, second term to winter term, third term to spring term, and 4th term to summer term. Students may start the program at any time of the year.  Please contact the LAT program advisor for more guidance.

Students may take the LAT Math Challenge Test to test out of LAT 236, Landscape Math. Please contact the LAT Department Chair, Jenn Peters, to learn more.

What will you do?

  • Manage and maintain plants and landscapes
  • Install irrigation, patios, arbors, landscape walls, etc.
  • Care for trees
  • Manage landscape accounts
  • Consult with clients on landscape solutions
  • Sell landscape projects
  • Project estimating and bidding

Who will hire me?

  • Landscape design and build firms
  • Commercial landscape maintenance firms
  • Parks and recreation districts and city municipalities
  • Retail nurseries and garden centers
  • Environmental restoration firms

Many students go on to own their own landscape construction and maintenance businesses.

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