The Landscape and Environmental Design (LAND) program combines coursework in natural science, technology, and design. You will gain an understanding of the natural environment and its relationship to the built environment through required coursework and practical experience.This degree will prepare you 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 or environmental conservation.

“This is the only landscape design program offered in the State of New Hampshire at the college level.”

You will receive an Associate in Science with a major in Landscape and Environmental Design upon successful completion of the program.

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. High school Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a grade of “C” or higher;
  2. High school Biology with lab with a grade of “C” or higher

Great reasons to choose the NHTI’s Landscape and Environmental Design

  • Landscape and Environmental Design Program established in 2008
  • Lecture and laboratory hands on experience with small classes
  • Multiple career paths for continued education
  • First two years of a four-year education
  • Day and evening classes
  • Excellent value

Mission Statement

The Landscape and Environmental Design curriculum provides students with an understanding of the natural environment and its relationship to design. Students are given an opportunity to explore a range of required courses in natural science; technology and design that provide a core foundation of education and skills that will ultimately lead them into advanced study or entry level careers in the “green” or environmental industry. Instructors in the department have excellent work experience and in depth knowledge of the opportunities available, playing an important role in advising, inspiring and mentoring students. Most importantly, we are also educating our students to be the future stewards of our natural environment.

Landscape and Environmental Design Degree


Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
 EN 101CEnglish Composition404
#BIOL 117CIntroduction to Plant Biology324
#LAND 102CIdentification and Uses of Shrubs, Ground covers and Vines303
#LAND 115CLandscape Design Theory303
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher*404
Spring Semester
#ARET 101CAutoCAD 2D  or303
#LAND 200CVector works Landmark 2D303
#LAND 101CIdentification and Uses of Trees303
#LAND 112CLandscape Drawing and Presentation Techniques223
 XX xxxCLandscape & Environmental Design Elective3-403-4
 SOCI xxxCSocial Science Elective**303


Fall Semester
 ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology    or303
 ENGL xxxCEnglish Elective303
#LAND 220CPlanting Design303
 BIO 115CIntroduction to Ecology  or404
 ENVS 101CFundamentals of Environmental Science404
 XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective3-403-4
Spring Semester
#ARET 160CIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems223
#LAND 270CSustainable Landscape Principles and Practices324
#LAND 290CSenior Project/Internship0124
#XX xxxCLandscape and Environmental Design Elective***3-403-4

* Excluding MATH 129C; students should consult their academic advisors to ensure that the appropriate math course is selected to correspond with individual academic goals.
**Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCO (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C).
*** Any ARET, LAND, BUS, VRTS, GEOL, GEOG, ENVS, BIOL or other course approved by the Department Chair of the Landscape and Environmental Design program and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the requirements for the Associate in Science in Landscape and Environmental Design will demonstrate:

  1. working knowledge of landscape design principles and practices, including a portfolio of work samples completed during the internship/ senior thesis project;
  2. proficiency in written, oral, and graphic communication skills necessary to express design ideas and concepts in a professional environment;
  3. an understanding of the social, economic, and political climates in which this profession operated and the mutual impacts and influences of each on the industry and its practitioners;
  4. working knowledge of and appreciation for the natural physical environment in the context of landscape and environmental design-related field;
  5. computer literacy in computer-aided design skills sufficient for successful entry level employment in a landscape and/ or environmental design-related field;
  6. completion of the education portion of the requirements for the New Hampshire state certification as a wetlands scientist requirements for eligibility for this certificate];
  7. academic preparedness for transfer into a related baccalaureate degree program;
  8. conduct/ behavior consistent with professional workplace standards;

What our Students Say . . .

 “My associates degree in Landscape & 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


  • 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
  • Liaquat Khan, D.A

    Liaquat Khan

    Architectural Engineering Technology,Civil Engineering Technology, Landscape and Environmental Design
    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.

    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

    Adjunct Professor