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Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design with CAD Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 31.5
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Summer 2012


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

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 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply proper landscape principles of an appropriate site;
  2. apply color media to the graphic presentation of a landscape plan;
  3. prepare perspective drawings of a design;
  4. prepare a landscape design plan using CAD technology; and
  5. develop effective communication techniques.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 31.5 units from
    • Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design with CAD Skills Requirements

Environmental Horticulture: Garden Design with CAD Skills Requirements - complete 31.50 units
HORT 50.1Introduction to Horticultural Science1.50
HORT 8Plant Materials: Summer/Fall3.00
HORT 12Plant Materials: Winter/Spring3.00
HORT 65Horticulture Workplace Practices1.50
HORT 80Landscape Practices3.00
HORT 91Landscape Construction/Estimation3.00
HORT 92.1Landscape Irrigation3.00
HORT 93Landscape Drafting and Design3.00
HORT 94Landscape Design Applications3.00
HORT 195ACAD: Landscape Site Plans1.00
HORT 195BCAD: Landscape Planting Plans1.00
HORT 195CCAD: Landscape Irrigation Plans1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 56Introduction to Agriculture and Wine Business Management3.00
AGRI 60Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 99IAgriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
APTECH 46Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
APTECH 57Advanced AutoCAD3.00
ART 3Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
HORT 50.2Horticulture Industry and Careers1.50
HORT 82Introduction to Arboriculture3.00
HORT 92.2Low Volume Landscape Irrigation1.50
HORT 110Unique Trees for Northern California1.50
HORT 111Unique Shrubs, Vines, and Groundcovers for No. California1.50
HORT 112Perennials for Sonoma County1.50
HORT 115Ornamental Grasses1.00
HORT 115.1Designing with Ornamental Grasses1.00
HORT 119Landscaping with California Native Plants1.50
HORT 151Pruning Ornamentals1.50
HORT 153Basic Turf Care1.50
HORT 171Integrated Pest Management in the Horticulture Industry1.50
HORT 180Water Conserving Landscapes1.00
HORT 181Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training1.00
HORT 189Landscape Drainage Basics1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
CS 101APersonal Computers for New Users1.00
CS 105AIntroduction to Macintosh1.50
CS 160.11AMicrosoft Word, Introduction0.50
CS 165.31Microsoft Office Integration0.50

Term Effective: Summer 2012

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 2014

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.


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

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