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Student practicing landscape and lawn management at GRCC

Landscape and Lawn Management

(Code 652)
Certificate and/or Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences

This program is offered in cooperation with the Institute of Agricultural Technology, Michigan State University.

Created with input from industry professionals, the Landscape and Lawn Management curriculum is based on the MSU Landscape and Nursery Program. It combines the business, mathematics, science and communications courses of GRCC with courses and technical expertise offered by MSU faculty in the areas of horticulture, soil science and turfgrass management.

The green industries offer an interesting variety of career choices to individuals with knowledge and technical skills. Graduates of the Landscape and Lawn Management Program will be prepared for employment in landscape and turfgrass management for commercial, residential and public sites. Landscape managers use their knowledge of plant growth and development, plant identification, pruning, fertilization, integrated pest management and problem solving to maximize the beauty of outdoor spaces. Exciting careers are also available in landscape design, landscape construction, plant production and retail sales. Increasing public interest in gardening and the environment has resulted in a great demand for educated individuals to fill these positions.

The Landscape and Lawn Management program also includes courses which offer individuals working in the industry a chance to sharpen technical skills, keep informed of the latest research and regulatory information and improve management practices.

Enrollment Options

  1. Students who participate in the Landscape and Lawn Management Program may choose to earn a Certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology and an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences from GRCC. The program incorporates courses from MSU and GRCC, making it possible to earn the Certificate and the Associate degree simultaneously. All high school graduates are welcome to participate in the program.
  2. To earn a Certificate from MSU, students must apply for admission to the Institute of Agricultural Technology and complete a 48 credit hour program of courses which includes a professional internship.
  3. To earn an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences, students must enroll in the GRCC Landscape and Lawn Management Program, and complete additional GRCC credits in Business, English, Social Science, Natural Science, and Humanities.

MSU Enrollment and Registration

Enrolling in the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology is easy. Simply call or email Marcus Duck, the MSU program advisor for more information and an information packet. Transfer credits may be available for students with previous college experience.

Once you have received your student number, registration takes just a few minutes. Details for the on-line enrollment system will be outlined in the Orientation Packet you receive. All MSU courses in the program are offered in the evening, at convenient locations near downtown Grand Rapids. Academic advising is offered by MSU Department of Horticulture faculty at the GRCC Counseling Center prior to each semester.

Individuals who are not pursuing a degree or certificate may enroll for MSU courses under the Michigan State University Lifelong Education Program. This option allows students to earn college credits without formally applying for admission.

GRCC Enrollment and Registration

GRCC offers a variety of options for registration. Students may apply online or complete an application for admission in-person in the Enrollment Center.

The college uses a tiered system of registration. Check the schedule to determine when you are eligible to register. Students enrolling in evening, weekend, off-campus classes may register in person or online using the Online Student Center.

For More Information Contact:

MSU Program and Academic Advising and Registration:

Marcus Duck, Coordinator, IAT Landscape
and Nursery Program
Phone: (517) 355-5191 x1351
Department of Horticulture
Michigan State University
A-240D Plant & Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325

GRCC Program and Academic Advising:

Rosario-Montes Sutton
Phone: (616) 234-3900
Counseling and Career Center
Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295

Disability accommodations for MSU courses may be requested by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer.