Academic Catalogs

President’s Welcome

Welcome to Orange Coast College!

OCC President Angelica Suarez Picture

We are excited to share with you the new college catalog for the 2023-2024 year. You will find various exciting and innovative programs that lead to different 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, receive training and certification in high-demand fields, enhance your skills, or love to learn, we value your unique educational journey at OCC.

Since 1947, Orange Coast College has been at the forefront of higher education locally, nationally, and globally. This year, we are proud to celebrate 75 years of educational excellence, building upon a story of success and transformation and creating a place that inspires students to dream, learn, and thrive.

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, stellar academic programs, dedicated and caring faculty, classified professionals, and administrators, whose commitment to your success is consistently demonstrated.

Students who attend OCC will find a continuously evolving campus to meet our community's needs with innovative state-of-the-art facilities. Some of our most recent buildings include a new College Center and Student Union, located in the heart of OCC’s campus, its main quad. This major project, along with the completion of several extraordinary buildings that include a Community Planetarium, Recycling Center, Kinesiology and Athletics Building, Literature & Languages/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 an inclusive campus with a robust learning environment where our students can grow and thrive. The College is renowned 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 Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving (AANAPISI) institution and a leader in international education, welcoming serves1,200 international students representing more than 70 countries.

The faculty, administration, and classified professionals are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence and increasing resources for you, our students, so that you may continue to succeed at a campus that cares about you.

Excellence takes time, stamina, and flexibility. As OCC celebrates 75 years of educational excellence, it celebrates its ability to change and grow with the needs of the community and the nation. The campus looks drastically different than it did 75 years ago. So does OCC’s list of academic programs.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is this: OCC is committed to providing a flexible, high-quality education to all who seek it.

Thank you for choosing Orange Coast College.


OCC President Angelica Suarez Signature

Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.