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Arboriculture Minor

The Arboriculture minor has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the principled and practices of the arboriculture profession.

Combined with a major in Horticulture or Forestry, this minor will help prepare students for a career in arboriculture. The courses in the minor include arboriculture, disease and insect control, the planting and maintenance of plants in the landscape, and management of trees in urban environments. HORT 201, and many of the introductory positions available to graduates with an arboriculture minor, require physical strength and conditioning. The profession of arboriculture has many opportunities available in the application of arboricultural practices, sales, consulting, management of companies, and management of urban trees.

Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 credits. A grade of C or better must be obtained in each course to complete the minor. Course work includes arboriculture, disease and insect control, the planting and maintenance of plants in the landscape, and management of trees in urban environments.

Prescribed Courses: 15 credits

  • ENT 313 (2) Introduction to Entomology
  • ENT 314 (1) Management of Insect Pests of Ornamentals
  • FOR 401 (3) Urban Forest Management
  • HORT 201 (2) Applied Arboriculture
  • HORT/FOR 301 (3) Principles of Arboriculture
  • HORT 408 (4) Landscape Plant Establishment and Maintenance
  • SOILS 101 (3) Introductory Soil Science

Additional Courses: 8-10 credits

Select 2-3 credits from:

  • PPEM 300 (3) Horticultural Crop Diseases
  • PPEM 318 (2) Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees

Select 3-4 credits from:

  • BIOL 110 (4) Biology:Basic Concepts and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 127 (3) Introduction to Plant Biology

Select 3 credits from:

  • HORT 137 (3) Ornamental Plant Material
  • FOR 203 (3) Field Dendrology

Procedures for Enrollment

Students may apply for admission to the minor in LionPATH by selecting "Update Academics" in the Student Center.

For additional information, contact Dr. Dennis Decoteau, drd10@psu.edu.

Contact Information

Tarrah Geszvain
  • Advising Coordinator,
Phone: 814-863-6087