Horticulture-Garden Design with CAD Skills Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 32.5

Term Effective: Fall 1981

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2005

Description:

The Horticulture: Garden Design with CAD Skills Career Certificate program prepares students for garden design occupations within the landscape industry that require garden design skills, and drafting skills utilizing LANDCADD or similar software. The certificate program emphasizes hands-on learning, and most courses incorporate lab activities that apply knowledge and skills in realistic settings.

Students who have completed the Horticulture: Garden Design Career Certificate will have fulfilled a portion of the Horticulture-Garden Design with CAD Skills Career Certificate. Students desiring to expand their skills and education may enroll in additional courses and earn the Landscape Management or the Nursery Management Career Certificate.

Garden design focuses primarily on residential landscape situations and small commercial sites. Projects may range from the design of small focal planting beds and perennial borders to complete garden layouts. Garden designers provide the planting design in addition to developing the landscape spatial composition. The advent of computer-assisted design (CAD) technology in the landscape industry adds a new dimension to skill and training requirements for landscape and garden designers. Sonoma County's landscape industry is expanding and the accompanying demand for employees with landscape design skills including CAD contribute to the need for students to augment their design and drafting expertise with CAD skills.

The landscape industry deals with all aspects of plant use in the landscape. People working in the landscape field derive job satisfaction from enhancing the function and beauty of the environment while being physically active outdoors or helping support that activity in allied sales and service occupations. Landscape work involves construction and planting projects, irrigation system design and water management, and specialty fields such as turf management, tree care, and interiors. This program provides an introductory base of plant knowledge and landscape skills, allowing students the option of entering a variety of jobs with the preparation for rapid advancement within their chosen occupations. The program is actively supported by the local horticulture industry.

The Horticulture industry, which involves the growing, selling, planting and servicing of plants and landscapes for human environments, is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The landscape industry in California is one of the state's largest industries. University studies have consistently found this dynamic, growing sector represents over $12 billion in sales and 130,000 employees. In addition, designed and maintained landscapes cover more than 1.6 million acres in California.

In Sonoma County the landscape industry has expanded dramatically in the last decade. Private and commercial property values are enhanced by professionally designed landscapes, and the services of large and small landscape firms are in high demand. In addition, a significant number of independent, entrepreneurial landscape/garden designers offer services throughout the county.

This industry-wide expansion has been accompanied by an increase in the demand for employees who can deal with all aspects of the landscape. Men and women who possess landscape management skills are qualified to advance into supervisory and management positions within landscape contracting firms, design or landscape construction companies, municipal, state, county, and federal agencies, entrepreneurial landscape maintenance enterprises, and other occupations that require the application of plant knowledge, drafting/design, irrigation design, and landscape construction skills.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Horticulture: Garden Design with CAD Skills program are:

  • Complete 32.5 units from
    • Horticulture-Garden Design with CAD Skills

Horticulture-Garden Design with CAD Skills - complete 32.50 units
HORT 50.1Introduction to Horticultural Science1.50
HORT 55.3Plant Materials: Winter/Spring3.00
HORT 65Horticulture Workplace Practices1.50
HORT 80Landscape Practices3.00
HORT 92.1Landscape Irrigation3.00
HORT 94CLandscape Design Applications3.00
HORT 195.1LANDCADD: Site Plans1.00
HORT 195.2LANDCADD: Planting Plans1.00
HORT 195.3LANDCADD: Irrigation Plans1.00
HORT 195.4LANDCADD: Quantity Takeoff1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
AG 70.2Introduction to Agribusiness3.00
AG 53Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AG 99IOccupational Work Experience-Intern Program1.00-13.00
APTECH 56Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
APTECH 57Advanced AutoCAD3.00
ART 3Introduction to Art & Design1.50-3.00
ART 4Principles of Color1.50-3.00
HORT 50.2Horticulture Industry & Careers1.50
AG 97Basic Arboriculture3.00
HORT 92.2Low Volume Landscape Irrigation1.50
AG 297.35History of the California Garden1.50
Any course from the HORT 100 series
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
BOT 162.1AIntro to MS Word for Win, Level 1, for Office Professionals0.50
BOT 162.6Integrating MS Office: Word, PowerPoint, Access, & Excel0.50
CIS 101APersonal Computers for New Users1.00
CIS 105AIntroduction to Macintosh1.50

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Notes:

Students with extensive horticulturally related workplace experience should consult with the instructor prior to enrolling in HORT 65.

Contact
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