Plant and Landscape Systems

Plant and Landscape Systems

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When studying plant and landscape systems, you’ll be empowered to connect with people, cultivate ideas, discover new opportunities and acquire the skills necessary to feed and enrich the lives of a growing global population. Prepare to design and manage complex plant production, landscape and soil management systems and become a leader and change maker in horticultural, landscape and turfgrass systems in Nebraska and beyond.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    120 credit hours
  • Minors Available

    Horticulture, Turfgrass Science and Management, Landscape Design and Management 

  • Areas of Focus

    Horticulture, Turfgrass Science and Management, Landscape Design and Management

The Nebraska Difference


1-to-1 Individualized Advising


Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Hands-On Collaborative Learning

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Program Features

Career Opportunities

Explore a wide variety of career paths, including business owner, grower, manager, educator, researcher, teacher, plant breeder, geneticist, landscape designer, landscape manager, golf course superintendent, sports turf manager, sales professional and more. Our graduates work in greenhouses, nurseries, field operations, golf courses, sports fields, parks, botanical gardens, arboreta and universities. 

Real-World Experiences

Students are required to complete two internships as part of their graduation requirements. You are encouraged to complete these internships with different businesses to experience various facets of the ag industry and boost your professional network. 


The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers scholarships to students enrolled in the plant and landscape systems major. Each year, approximately 30 students receive departmental scholarships that total more than $65,000. 

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Notable Courses

Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory (PLAS 133)

Explore plant physiology, cell anatomy and plant growth through industry practices. Emphasis on intensive production systems appropriate to specialty and greenhouse grown horticultural plants.

Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management and Use (PLAS 212)

Identification, basic management and design uses of trees and shrubs for sustainable landscapes. Emphasis on native plants and live specimens in outdoor environments.

Plant Propagation (PLAS 221)

Practice different methods of plant propagation and explore the effects of environmental management on propagation success using the scientific method.

Introductory Turfgrass Management (PLAS 227)

Introduction to turfgrasses, including management and use within the industry.

Introduction to Landscape Design Studio (PLAS 267)

Process and elements used to design sustainable residential and small urban landscapes.

Greenhouse Practices and Management (PLAS 306)

Principles and practices involved in the development, operation and use of greenhouses and other protected plant growth environments.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Nursery production internship, Monrovia, Dayton, Oregon
  • Grower, Heritage Nursery, Roca, Nebraska
  • Herb garden management, U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.
  • Golf course management, The Yellowstone Club, Big Sky, Montana
  • Sports turf management, Haymarket Park, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Landscape management, Ryan Lawn and Tree, Omaha, Nebraska


  • Landscape designer, Greenlife Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Golf course superintendent, The Prairie Club, Valentine, Nebraska
  • Route manager, Ryan Lawn and Tree, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sports turf manager, Haymarket Park, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Sports turf manager, Nashville SC, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Senior gardener, Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Turfgrass Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.S. Horticulture, Auburn University
  • M.S. Landscape Architecture, University of California-Berkeley
  • Ph.D. Horticulture, Oregon State University
  • M.S. Public Horticulture, University of Delaware

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Plant and Landscape Systems major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Sue Ellen Pegg
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College Relations Director