Holistic Landscape Design Certificate

Holistic Landscape Design Certificate

Curriculum

Classes for the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design Program are facilitated through Bastyr University's Department of Botanical Medicine in the School of Naturopathic Medicine. See the full curriculum below.

Botanical Medicine Department Electives

  • Cascade Herb Experience
  • Island Herb Experience
  • Herbal Medicine in Italy
  • Clinical Pharmacognosy
  • Flower Essences
  • Herbs and Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Herbal Medicine throughout Oregon
  • Plants in Ceremony
  • Clinical Formulations and Applications of Botanical Medicine
  • Herbal Medicine Making for All
  • Plant Identification and Medicinal Field Botany
  • Foundations of Aromatic Medicine
  • Introduction to Gemmotherapy
  • Botanical Studies in Costa Rica

Expected Learning Outcomes

Following are the learning objectives for students in the holistic landscape design program:

  • Ability to create a landscape design that enhances the natural landscape and reflects the health of all of the beings that utilize it as well as the health of the planet
  • Apply sustainable landscape measures creatively, designing for biodiversity, therapeutic utility and aesthetics
  • Integrate permaculture techniques and principles for sustainably modifying land and implementing designs
  • Understand importance and elements of soil science and how to utilize this knowledge in horticultural methods
  • Enhance knowledge of practices that support seasonal and sustainable cultivation of food and medicinal plants
  • Practice therapeutic plant propagation and cultivation from native and analogue climates for landscape design as well as nursery or market production
The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Fall 2017. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 2017 academic year. For the 2017-2018 course catalog, click here
 
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Prerequisites

Before enrolling, students must:

  • Complete one Botany course
  • Have completed 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of college-level coursework. 

To be prepared for the concepts covered in the Holistic Landscape Design program, coursework in the following areas is strongly advised:

  • Chemistry – survey-level to cover general inorganic and organic concepts, no labs required
  • Biology – basic biological concepts desired, covering cell and plant biology, no labs required
  • Public Speaking coursework or experience
  • General Education material to round out the 90 college credits, including some humanities, English, natural sciences and social sciences

Quick Facts

Location

Kenmore, Washington campus

Unique Offering

Bastyr University offers an extended study of permaculture design throughout the seasons, far exceeding standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate programs. Additionally, Bastyr has a unique focus on the therapeutic value of a medicinal and edible landscapes.

General Requirements

  • One Botany course
  • 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of college-level course work

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: 26 total credits spread over four quarters. Courses are offered on evenings and weekends.
% of graduates who completed on time: 77%

Tuition and Financial Aid

Employment (SOC codes)

The US Department of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification code states that the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design may prepare students to enter:

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For gainful employment information for this program, click here.

Debt 

Median program graduate debt from:

  • Federal Loans: $12,666
  • Private educational loans: $0
  • % of graduate that took federal loans: 38%
  • % of students successfully repaying federal loans: 100%

Summary

As the first program of its kind, Bastyr's Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design offers valuable training for those who want to build upon their knowledge of medicinal and edible plants and apply that expertise by developing sustainable landscapes.

The Heart and "How to" of Permaculture

Grounded in the philosophy of working with nature rather than against it, the landscape design program engages students through a hands-on curriculum. Holistic Landscape Design courses such as Soil Ecology, Biodynamic Agriculture, and Medicinal and Edible Plants in the Landscape support graduating students who:

  • Understand techniques for the sustainable cultivation of food and medicinal plants
  • Apply sustainable landscape measures creatively, designing for biodiversity, therapeutic utility and aesthetics
  • Know the importance and elements of soil science and how to use this knowledge in horticultural methods

The program is open to anyone with a creative eye and a passion for ecology and sustainability. It is well suited to landscape designers or students/graduates of degree programs in botany, horticulture, herbal science, nutrition or naturopathic medicine. Students who complete the Holistic Landscape Design program are equipped to develop sustainable landscapes that benefit both the environment and the human community.

Program Features

  • Convenient 12-month evening and weekend course schedule, beginning in the fall quarter.
  • A unique focus on the therapeutic value of a medicinal and edible landscapes.
  • The University's wooded 51-acre campus, which includes the Bastyr Medicinal Herb Garden and a LEED-certified Student Village and which provides excellent spaces for hands-on training in landscape design, implementation and maintenance.
  • The Bastyr library offering a rich source of medicinal and edible plant information, including cultivation and landscaping resources.
  • Experienced faculty comprised of holistic landscape design instructors, biodynamic agriculture professionals, organic garden and greenhouse managers, arborists, herbalists, carpenters, agroforesters, and ethnobotanists. 

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