Do you love to work outside? Do want to know how plants grow, how to install a porous unit paver patio, how to design a garden, how to sustainably manage landscapes? Then the UMass Landscape Contracting program is for you!
The 2-year Landscape Contracting program is for high school seniors who want to work with your hands in a growing profession. This is a highly applied Associate of Science (AS) degree program. Our students regularly win awards for their design-build projects and start profitable landscape contracting businesses after graduation. Many students transition into four-year degrees here at UMass or at other schools.
What You'll Learn
Students learn about landscape design, horticulture, and landscape construction/business. Our program centers around the approach of learning by doing. The following are just some of the skills you develop:
- Plant identification
- Identify pest and disease problems
- Design an outdoor living space
- Site assessment
- Develop estimates
- Execution and installation of site plans
- Sustainability principles
- Own your own landscaping company
- Landscape design firm
- Garden center
- Small or large-scale nursery