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Landscape Design and Contracting Concentration

Do You Want to Learn How to Design and Build Beautiful Landscapes for our Environment?

Our program is a concentration within the Environmental Horticulture major and is one of only seven fully accredited 4-year programs in the nation through the National Association of Landscape Professionals. This concentration offers a learning track that prepares professionals in landscape project delivery. Students learn how to solve complex design and construction challenges and design resilient, sustainable management solutions.

Students can expect coursework to focus on applied horticulture and construction courses with access to a fully equipped design studio where you will learn Design/Build/Manage practices. Our faculty and staff have crafted an educational experience where emerging professionals will engage with industry leaders and use their mentorship to elevate student’s designs, essential skills, and professionalism. We help form strong professional networks to support students as they transition into their own career.

Browse the CSU Course Catalog to learn about courses and degree requirements.


  • Skills to graphically communicate landscape plans and construction documents.
    • Using both technology and hand graphics
    • AutoCAD, Lumion, Rhino, Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop, Land F/X
  • Business development and management, learn to properly estimate and implement projects using software such as: Aspire, On Screen Take Off
  • Learn water management, conservation and irrigation principles through hands-on experiences and classes
  • Skills to assess site issues, provide sustainable solutions and manage designed and built landscapes through six design studios.
  • Assess construction challenges and learn how to solve them through Landscape Structures Studio
  • Skills to manage landscapes through plant identification and health care along with turf management practices

Where You’ll Find Us

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CSU Horticulture Center

A center for teaching, research and extension for horticulture and landscape programs.

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Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building

CSU's new home for Colorado agriculture, student aspirations and agricultural innovation for global impact.

Learn more about the Nutrien Building

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Annual Flower Garden Trials

One of the top tourist attractions in Fort Collins. Explore more than 1,000 varieties at this campus flower garden.

Visit the Flower Trials Website

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Related Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Floriculture
  • Gardening
  • Landscaping
  • Plants
  • Science
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Related Careers

  • Arborists
  • Botanic Gardens Personnel
  • Golf Course Superintendence
  • Green Industry Account Management
  • Irrigation Design and Water Resource Management
  • Landscape Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Landscape Design and Construction
  • Plant Propagation
  • Retail and Wholesale Nursery and Garden Center Management
  • Sports Turf Management

Contact Us

Chris Tragakes

Landscape Design and Contracting Program Coordinator

Chris Tragakes

For more information, please email Chris at

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