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Landscape Design

Blend art and horticulture science using technical and creative studies to problem-solve for beautiful, functional and efficient landscape design solutions.

Landscape Design – B.S. in Environmental Horticulture, Landscape Design Emphasis

Housed within the Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology, the Landscape Design option at Montana State prepares students to solve aesthetic and functional landscape problems. Emphasis is placed on utilization of plant materials to solve specific site problems and students learn written, oral and graphic communication skills necessary to convey creative solutions for landscape planning. Graduates are employed by landscape nurseries, landscape contractors and planning agencies, while others become self-employed as landscape designers and contractors. Many students have chosen to continue advanced studies in programs of landscape architecture.

The Environmental Horticulture major has one additional Option Within a Major: Environmental Horticulture Science.



Landscape Design students at Montana State are able to gain real-world experience by participating in collaborative projects to serve community needs, such as Advanced Landscape Design Studio students working with the City of Bozeman to revitalize and renovate Soroptimist Plaza in downtown Bozeman into an urban plaza that takes into consideration the ecological health of Bozeman Creek.



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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Landscape Design students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Management
  • Landscape Construction

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.