Horticulture Certificates

Certificates of 21-27 credit hours are offered for students interested in pursuing knowledge about various aspects of horticulture. Brief descriptions of each program are below.

Interested students must submit an application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, Aronoff 5470. Fifty percent of the required courses completed in the certificate (1) must be taken after gaining admission to the program and (2) must be taught within the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). Students must meet admission requirements for the BS Horticulture program.


Certificate in Horticulture

The certificate or minor in horticulture introduces students to the various fields associated with horticultural science, including plant identification, growth, health, and reproduction.

Upon completion of the certificate or minor in horticulture, students will be able to:

  • Perform the fundamental practice and methods of horticultural science.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the roles of soil and nutrition in plant health.
  • Demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills to identify favorable conditions for native and cultivated plants.

Certificate in Green Roofs

The roof is the final frontier of urban spatial design, and the vegetated urban roof supports environmental, economic, and social components of sustainable urban design. This certificate addresses contemporary issues in living architecture, particularly in this emerging area of expertise.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit basic proficiency in the advocacy, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of vegetated roofs.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of existing and proposed vegetated roof systems.
  • Describe the benefits and public health, safety, and welfare issues associated with vegetated roofs.
  • Describe applicable policies, codes, regulations, and incentive programs related to vegetated roof implementation.
  • Describe the role of vegetated roofs in sustainable site and building design.
  • Prepare basic feasibility and precedent studies that support the implementation of appropriate vegetated roof systems.

Certificate in Sustainable Landscape Design

The certificate in sustainable landscape design will expand basic knowledge of building design and landscape design to include a sustainable, integrated approach to the design of the built environment. 

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of sustainable landscape design and construction best practices.
  • Apply basic knowledge of landscape design and construction best practices to design projects of various functions and sizes.
  • Apply basic planting design principles to the effective use of native plant materials.

Certificate in Urban Agriculture

The certificate in urban agriculture responds to contemporary issues in horticulture, urban design, livability and quality of life, food security, and sustainability. 

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Describe the global social, economic, and ecological issues of providing food for the urban population.
  • Identify the favorable site and political conditions for the development of urban agriculture.
  • Plan the critical path for the approval, design, and implementation process for urban agriculture.
  • Prepare a design plan for an urban agriculture project that accounts for soil conditions, plant selection, construction, maintenance, funding, and staffing.
  • Provide precedent and feasibility studies based on current literature and resources regarding urban agriculture.

Certificate in Urban Landscapes

The certificate in urban landscapes curriculum expands basic knowledge of building and landscape design to address the role of plant life in the sustainable urban environment. 

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the urban systems that support life and current issues in their sustainable development.
  • Recognize the favorable conditions for urban landscape restoration and improved quality of life.
  • Describe the role of plant life in the urban landscape‚Äôs social, economic, and ecological functions.
  • Apply the basic principles of sustainable landscape design and construction to the development of an urban site.

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