This program educates students to be future stewards of the natural environment. It combines coursework in natural science, technology, and design.

Students learn to understand the natural environment and its relationship to the built environment with a core foundation of education and skills that lead to advanced study or entry-level careers in environmental industry. Instructors have work experience and in-depth knowledge of the opportunities available, playing an important role in advising, inspiring, and mentoring students.

This is the only college-level, credit-bearing landscape design program in the Northeast.

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

Fall Semester
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
BIOL 117CIntroduction to Plant Biology1324
LAND 102CIdentification and Uses of Shrubs, Ground Covers, and Vines1303
LAND 115CLandscape Design Theory1303
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher2404
Spring Semester
ARET 101CAutoCAD 2D1  or   
LAND 200CVector works Landmark 2D1303
LAND 101CIdentification and Uses of Trees1303
LAND 112CLandscape Drawing and Presentation Techniques1223
XX xxxCLandscape and Environmental Design elective3-403-4
SOCI xxxCSocial Science elective3303

Second Year

Fall Semester
ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology   or   
ENGL xxxCEnglish elective303
LAND 220CPlanting Design1303
BIO 115CIntroduction to Ecology or   
ENVS 101CFundamentals of Environmental Science404
XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Language elective3-403-4
Spring Semester
ARET 160CIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems1223
LAND 270CSustainable Landscape Principles and Practices1324
LAND 290CSenior Project/Internship10124
XX xxxCLandscape and Environmental Design elective1,43-403-4
Total Credits61

1Indicates major field courses

2Excluding MATH 129C; students should consult their academic advisors to ensure the appropriate math course is selected to correspond with individual academic goals.
3Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC, or SOCO (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C)
4Any ARET, LAND, BUS, VRTS, GEOL, GEOG, ENVS, BIOL or other course approved by the department chair and VPAA

  • High school Algebra I with a C or higher, or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a C or higher
  • High school Biology with lab with a C or higher

Graduates demonstrate:

  • Working knowledge of landscape design principles and practices, including a portfolio of work samples completed during the internship/ senior thesis project
  • Proficiency in written, oral, and graphic communication skills
  • An understanding of the social, economic, and political climates in which this profession operates and the mutual impacts and influences of each on the industry and its practitioners
  • Working knowledge of and appreciation for the natural physical environment
  • Computer literacy in computer-aided design skills sufficient for successful entry-level employment
  • Academic preparedness for transfer into a related bachelor’s degree program
  • Conduct/ behavior consistent with professional workplace standards


This degree is preparation for further education and/or careers related to the natural environment such as forestry, landscape management and design, wetland science, landscape architecture, urban planning, environmental technology, and environmental conservation.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Lauren Chase-Rowell

    Landscape and Environmental Design
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Beth Fenstermacher

    Landscape and Environmental Design
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Joseph Geisler

    Landscape and Environmental Design
    Adjunct Professor
  • Department Chair

    Liaquat Khan

    Department Chair
    Grappone 213

    Dr. Khan joined the faculty as ARET Department Chair in 2002. He has worked professionally in Washington D.C. – Maryland area, and overseas. His academic experience includes teaching undergraduate Design Studios, Contract Documents, AutoCAD, Post Occupancy Evaluation – a graduate course, and designing 2-year Diploma programs for the Architecture Department, College of Architecture & Planning at KFU. Dr. Khan’s areas of interest include learning models and architecture education, technology, urban design, and use of computers in architecture education. Dr. Khan holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Engineering & Technology – Lahore, a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and a Doctor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Robert Pollock, Jr.

    Landscape and Environmental Design
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Earl Sandford

    Landscape and Environmental Design
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Susanne Smith Meyer

    Landscape and Environmental Design
    Adjunct Professor
    Little 105
  • Adjunct Professor

    Peter Tennant

    Landscape and Environmental Design
    Adjunct Professor

“My associates degree in Landscape and Environmental Design was key in the advancement of my career. Not only did it supply me with the adequate credits to transfer into the University of Rhode Island Landscape Architecture program, it was a keystone to the information I use on a daily basis. In many ways I had more/different skill set with my associates degree than the Juniors I matriculated to.  The ability to tap into resources with the Community College programing should not be overlooked”

Drypolcher, Class of  2018

“I learned so much from the program, I’m really grateful that we have something local and affordable that taught me what I needed. And I do have to say, your last class really brought everything together for me. It answered a lot of questions that I had about being a professional in the field. And I appreciate all the personal attention you gave to me. It was tremendously helpful. I look forward to staying in touch and hopefully seeing you at some upcoming events!”

Meredith, Class 2017

“The landscape design program at NHTI helped me gain experience while working in the green industry. Now that I have my certificate, I’m continuing my education in horticulture at Oklahoma State University.”

Bao, Class of 2016

“You will learn the art and science involved in Landscape Design … with environmental integrity being the driving factor. You will learn from a very highly accomplished staff of licensed landscape architects, engineers and certified professionals within the landscape trade. I cannot speak highly enough about the staff and the Landscape Design program offered at NHTI, because without them I would not be as successful as I am today.”

Branden, Class of 2016

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Contact the Department Chair

Liaquat Khan, D.A.