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Horticulture, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_OH

Control Number: 22368

Financial Aid Eligible

Upon completion of the Horticulture Program students will have the knowledge, skills and experience to work with plant material in multiple applications and multiple fields in the Landscaping and Nursery industries. Students will be qualified for careers in Landscape Design, Landscape Contracting, Landscape Maintenance, Arboriculture, Nursery practices, and Irrigation and Water Management.

Program Outcomes

  1. Use knowledge of various plant materials to better design and maintain an outdoor garden or landscape.
  2. Describe man’s relationship with plants for food and environmental enhancement.
  3. Describe current sustainability issues in Southern California and how good horticultural practices will improve long term sustainability.
  4. Use knowledge of a particular chosen plant, greenhouse systems and propagation practices to successfully produce a healthy crop by a target date.
  5. Use knowledge of site conditions, drafting skills, client needs, and various plant and building materials to solve a design problem.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL A183Botany 13
or HORT A105 Botany for Gardeners
HORT A109Knowing Your Soils3
HORT A181Ornamental Trees3
HORT A182Ornamental Shrubs3
Restricted Electives (select 12 units)12
Elective courses generally offered in Fall (any course may only be completed once):
Landscape Drafting Techniques
Introduction to Tree Care
Pest Control Applicators and Gardeners P.C.O. Certification
Greenhouse and Nursery Science
Plant Diseases
Interior Plantscaping 2
Chronicles of Garden Design through the Ages
Business of Landscape Design and Construction 2
Introduction to Landscape Design
Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting 2
Garden Pools, Fountains and Waterfalls in the Landscape
Elective courses generally offered in Spring (any course may only be completed once):
Landscape Graphics
Digital Design
Landscape Maintenance
Plant Propagation
Pests of Ornamentals
Weeds and Their Control
California Friendly Landscape
Cacti and Succulents
Chronicles of Garden Design through the Ages
Calculations for Horticulture and Landscape Professionals
Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces
Introduction to Landscape Design
Landscape Design Elements
Planting Design
Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Design
Installation of Residental Irrigation Systems
Grading and Drainage for Landscape Design
Any OCC Business Course A100 or higher
Total Units24

Transfer students should also take BIOL A183L Botany Lab.

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
or Botany for Gardeners
HORT A109 Knowing Your Soils 3
HORT A181 Ornamental Trees 3
Semester 2
HORT A182 Ornamental Shrubs 3
 Total Units24