College Catalog Fall 2004 - Spring 2006
Landscape Contract Technology

The Field

Landscape Contracting graduates will find opportunities in landscape design, landscape contracting, landscape production and sales, and landscape equipment sales.

Delhi has a student chapter of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and competes in the national ALCA career days.

The Instructional Program

This program stresses design and installation of landscapes. It also assists students in gaining knowledge for maintaining both small and large landscape sites.

Students expand their experiences during a required summer internship. With placement assistance from their advisor, internships are arranged in a variety of settings. Opportunities have included internships with landscape contracting firms, garden centers, arboretums, etc.

Transfer Options

Students interested in transferring to a baccalaureate program in landscape architecture may prepare for this by appropriate course selection in consultation with their advisor in the Golf, Plant Science, and Recreation program.

Landscape Contracting Technology

A.A.S. Degree

SUNY Curriculum Code: 0638

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

LDCT 100

Orientation to Landscape Contracting

1

ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

3

HORT 120

Introduction to Horticultural Practices

3

HORT 130

Woody Plant Materials and Use

3

LARC 110

Drawing and Surveying

3

MATH ___

Mathematics (by advisement)

3-4

 

Total

16-17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

BIOL 210

Botany

4

HORT 150

Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management

3

HORT 160

Soil Technology

3

HORT 165

Woody Plants II

1

HORT 170

Woody Plant Field Experience*

1

LARC 120

Landscape Graphics

2

LDCT 110

Landscape Construction Principles

3

LDCT 180

Internship

1

 

Total

18

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

HORT 205

Horticultural Entomology

3

HORT 206

Plant Pathology

3

LDCT 210

Planting Design

3

TURF 210

Turf Management I

3

____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total

18

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

HORT 212

Horticultural Chemicals

1

HORT 220

Shade Tree Maintenance

3

LDCT 220

Advanced Landscape Design/Construction

3

PEDH 220

First Aid

2

____ ___

Technical Elective            1-3

 

____ ___

Social Science/Humanities Elective

3

____ ___

Business Elective

3

 

Total

16-18

Degree Requirement: 68-70 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a high school diploma and have completed Mathematics Course A and one year of biology (preferably Regents level or equivalent).

*Note: A one-week field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, New York, is also required as a component of the basic curriculum.

Suggested Electives

Course No.

Course

HORT 240

Herbaceous Ornamentals

HORT 230

Greenhouse Management

TURF 230

Weeds and Weed Control

TURF 260

Irrigation Design

BUSI 100

Introduction to Business

BUSI 205

Small Business Management

CITA 110

Microcomputer Applications I

Students may choose to tailor their curriculum options with the intention of transferring to a Landscape Architecture program. These students, in consultation with their advisors, should follow these guidelines.

Landscape Architecture

Transfer Options

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

Second Semester

 

 

ENGL 200

Advanced Composition

3

Third Semester

 

 

HUMN  101

Art Appreciation

3

Fourth Semester

 

 

TURF 260

Irrigation Design

1

HORT 240

Herbaceous Ornamentals

2

Program Objectives

A graduate of the Landscape Contracting Technology A.A.S. program should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the theory and principles of landscape design for both residential and commercial sites. 
  2. Read and create construction documents, prepare materials estimates and bids, and demonstrate familiarity with specialized landscape features.
  3. Select, establish, and maintain ornamental trees and shrubs.
  4. Properly identify, select, establish, and maintain major turf grasses used in landscapes. 
  5. Understand the role of pesticides and associated chemicals in modern horticulture, including their proper use and safe application.
  6. Describe, demonstrate, and apply the theory and techniques of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) used in the landscape.
  7. Understand the nature and cause of diseases and insect pests common to ornamental plants, identify them, and demonstrate knowledge of the methods used to control them. 
  8. Prepare analysis, design, and presentation drawings to communicate design intent to a client. 
  9. Exhibit a working knowledge of surveying and drafting techniques as they relate to site development. 
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the construction techniques, principles, and materials used for decks, fences, walks, patios, and retaining walls. 
  11. Identify native and ornamental woody plants in the Northeast, and discuss their use in landscape design. 
  12. Demonstrate familiarity with less commonly used woody plants and be able to identify them through the use of the Internet and other computer-related resources.  
  13. Demonstrate an understanding of soil technology: its formation, composition, classification, and physical and chemical characteristics, and how to test soil and use the results to implement corrective soil practices.
  14. Understand the basic principles of the growth, maintenance, and propagation of exterior and interior plants.
  15. Understand the principles of operation for small engines used in landscaping equipment, and demonstrate the ability to select, safely operate, test, adjust, and maintain them.
  16. Display a thorough understanding of the landscape contracting industry acquired through a 180-hour summer internship.
  17. Display an understanding of the fundamentals of botany. 
  18. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.

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