Academic Catalogs

President’s Welcome

Welcome to Orange Coast College!

OCC President Angelica Suarez Picture 2022

We are excited to share with you the new college catalog for the 2022-2023 year.  Inside this catalog, you will find an array of exciting and innovative programs that lead to various degrees and certificates.  This catalog, and the wealth of information it contains, represents our shared vision, to be the standard of excellence in transforming lives through education.

With this commitment in mind, you will have access to comprehensive student support services to help you in your journey at Coast.  Whether your goal is to transfer to a four-year university, enhance your skills, receive training and certification in high-demand fields or you simply love to learn, at OCC, we value our students’ journeys.

You have chosen an institution that has been at the forefront of higher education locally, nationally and globally since 1947. The College has supported countless students, like you, in reaching their academic and career goals, impacting multiple generations of families. This is a testament to not only OCC's world-class facilities, extensive student support services and stellar academic programs, but also to the dedicated and caring faculty, classified professionals and administrators, whose commitment to your success is consistently demonstrated.

Students who attend OCC will find a campus that is evolving to meet the needs of our community, with innovative state-of-the-art facilities. We recently completed construction on a new College Center and Student Union, located in the heart of OCC’s campus, its main quad. This major project, along with the recent construction of several extraordinary buildings including the Planetarium, Recycling Center, Kinesiology and Athletics Building, Literature & Languages and Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, and Professional Mariner Training Center at OCC’s Waterfront Campus in Newport Beach signal our commitment to ensuring that students at Coast have access to world-class facilities that enhance their learning and offer an exceptional college experience. With this in mind, OCC also recently became the first community college in Southern California to offer on-campus student housing with the opening of The Harbour at OCC.

As you explore our catalog, you will notice that OCC is a global institution, where different cultures, customs, and points of view are celebrated to create a campus that is inclusive, with a robust learning environment where our students can grow and thrive. The College has garnered a reputation for excellence ranking among the top community colleges in California. As a multicultural and multinational academic institution, OCC is a designated Hispanic Serving (HSI) and designated Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving (AANAPISI) institution and serves nearly 1,200 international students representing more than 70 countries.

The OCC faculty, administration and classified professionals are dedicated to not only maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence, but to increasing resources for you, our students, so that you may continue to succeed at a campus that cares about you.

Thank you for choosing Orange Coast College.


OCC President Angelica Suarez Signature

Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.