Academic Catalogs

Sustainable Design, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CM_ATSD

Control Number: 22370

Not Financial Aid Eligible


The Sustainable Design specialization certificate prepares students to engage in Environmental Design as a balance of natural and man-made systems and resources and will prepare students pursuing further studies and careers in Architecture, Environmental Design, Landscape Design, Planning, and Sustainable Design.

Program Outcome

The Sustainable Design specialization certificate prepares students to design, develop, analyze, and promote sustainable environmental design practices.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight 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 Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  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
ARCH A101Introduction to Environmental Sustainability1
ARCH A102Introduction to Environmental Studies3
ARCH A185Environmental Design Systems4
ESEC A100Introduction to Environmental Science3
or HORT A100 Horticulture Science
HORT A190California Friendly Landscape2
ARCH A196Green Building Codes1.5
or ARCH A197 California Energy Code
Total Units14.5

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
ARCH A101 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability 1
ARCH A102 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
ARCH A185 Environmental Design Systems 4
ESEC A100
Introduction to Environmental Science
or Horticulture Science
3
HORT A190 California Friendly Landscape 2
ARCH A196
Green Building Codes
or California Energy Code
1.5
 Units14.5
 Total Units14.5