URBAN FORESTRY TECHNICIAN

  • Program: Landscape and Horticulture Careers
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
  • Academic Planning Guide:

Overview

This program of study will lead to a degree in the multi-faceted area of Arboriculture. The tree care industry has expanded over the years to include areas of conservation, landscape maintenance and management issues as well. Extensive employment opportunities are available nationwide. Students will study a variety of required subjects and elective courses allowing them to customize their program.

Career Opportunities

Employment options include career opportunities in municipalities, park districts; utility companies; private residential sites; and commercial tree service companies. Each of these areas utilizes trees for a different purpose. The tree care industry has expanded over the years to include areas of conservation, landscape maintenance and management issues as well.

Award Outcomes:

  • Identify Minnesota native woody plants by botanical/common names.
  • Identify Minnesota natural plant communities.
  • Select plant needs with proper site characteristics.
  • Implement proper planting techniques.
  • Implement proper tree care to potential clients.
  • Identify common urban tree pests.
  • Prescribe treatment for common urban tree pests.
  • Design environmentally sound landscapes.
  • Integrate a sustainable approach to landscape installation and maintenance.
  • Prepare to take Minnesota Tree Inspector Certification Test.
  • Prepare to take ISA Certified Arborist Test (Knowledge Portion).

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 39 Credits
General Education Requirements 12 Credits
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
    or
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3 Gen Ed
  • Choose 1 course from MnTC Goal Area 1 3 Gen Ed
  • Choose 1 course from MnTC Goal Area 2 3 Gen Ed
  • Choose 1 course from MnTC Goal Area 5 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 6 Credits
  • LNDC1141 Nursery Propagation and Production 3
  • LNDC1160 Greenhouse Operation and Management 2
  • LNDC1202 Herbaceous Plant Materials 4
  • LNDC1231 Nursery Operations 2
  • LNDC1235 Landscape Operations 2
  • LNDC2150 Introduction to Basic Tree Climbing 2
  • LNDC2155 Tree Climbing II Advanced Climbing Techniques and Methods 2
  • LNDC2220 Turf Culture and Management 3
  • LNDC2261 Professional Gardening 3
  • LNDC2345 Arboriculture Internship 1-4
General Education Electives 3 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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