Horticulture Major (M)

The Horticulture Major consists of course work completed through a cooperative program with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). MATC-Mequon Campus is just a 5-minute drive from Concordia and offers unique choices to prepare students for an exciting career in horticulture.  Current MATC catalog is the official source for Major Courses and their descriptions. In addition to the CUW Liberal Arts core requirements and required courses listed below, all horticulture majors must complete requirements for a CUW Minor. Required core courses may be taken at either MATC or CUW.  

Through hands-on coursework, the major covers a broad range of horticulture subjects, from plant maintenance and landscape planning to operation of equipment, while also allowing students to choose an area of specialization.  Students are prepared for careers in the horticulture/landscaping field by studying: Sustainable and environmental horticulture operations; maintenance of healthy trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; selection and installation of plant material;  equipment operation; and development and execution of landscape plans. For hands-on learning, the Mequon Campus of MATC features a greenhouse and extensively landscaped grounds.

For specific information about MATC courses and degree requirements, please visit the MATC website at http://www.matc.edu/

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to explain major biological and related scientific concepts (Knowledge Base of Biology and Related Sciences);
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately collect and analyze data while utilizing laboratory equipment and procedures safely and effectively (Biological Procedures and Data)
  • Develop investigative and critical thinking skills to explore complex questions and solve challenging scientific problems (Scientific Inquiry);
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information effectively to both scientists and non-scientists (Scientific Communication);
  • Recognize how vocations in science provide opportunities for service to Christ and others and necessitate ethical behavior in all aspects of science (Vocation and Ethics)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how/why a Christian sees evidence of God’s design in nature and how to be good stewards of His creation (God’s Design and Stewardship).


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements45
Minor: Required18-24
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses (CUW Campus)
Environmental Science (Lab Science )
Public Speaking (Communication)
Interpersonal Communication
Statistics I (Mathematics )
Environmental Law & Politics (Human Beings and Being Human)
Required Courses (all HORT classes taken at MATC)
PHIL 240Environmental Ethics (Taken at CUW)3
HORT 111Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 112Horticulture Soils3
HORT 114Woody Ornamental Plants 3
HORT 115Plant Pests & Controls3
HORT 116Landscape Equipment3
HORT 119 Landscape Construction 13
HORT 122Landscape Design I 3
HORT 125Landscape Maintenance Applications 3
HORT 126Landscape Estimating & Bidding3
HORT 127 Arboriculture 1: Tree Care Fundamentals3
HORT 130Pesticide Applicator Training1
HORT 134Greenhouse Production Fall Crops OR3
HORT 163
Native Plants - Fall
HORT 152Greenhouse Production - Spring OR 3
HORT 120
Landscape Construction II
HORT 153Advanced Woody Plants3
HORT 159Survey of Herbaceous Plants2
Total Hours45
Recommended Electives
Ecology of the Tropics (Travel Course)
Elements of General and Biological Chemistry
General Psychology