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Landscape Site Design Elements, Certificate of Specialization

Banner Code: 1_CE_LSCP

Not Financial Aid Eligible

This program will prepare students for the complex task of developing residential landscapes with grading, drainage, materials, structures, lighting and other complex components that require a deeper knowledge base.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate fundamental skills in landscape design elements, process and techniques.
  2. Apply their understanding of sustainable aspects to the development of landscape site design to promote green living environments.

Certificate of Specialization Requirements

The Certificate of Specialization is a locally approved career program that requires sixteen units or fewer units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
HORT A286Landscape Design Elements2
HORT A290Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting1.5
HORT A296Grading and Drainage for Landscape Design3
HORT A297Garden Pools, Fountains and Waterfalls in the Landscape2
Total Units8.5

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
HORT A286 Landscape Design Elements 2
HORT A290 Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting 1.5
HORT A296 Grading and Drainage for Landscape Design 3
HORT A297 Garden Pools, Fountains and Waterfalls in the Landscape 2
 Total Units8.5