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Degrees & Certificates

Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Degree and Certificate Options

The next deadline to petition for your degree/certificate will be in March 2017 (to graduate in spring of 2017).

Do you want to learn more about our program? Do you need to check in and go over requirements? Drop by the Hort. Dept. office (H107) to discuss and then make an appointment with a counselor to petition before mid-March, 2017.
Merritt College Counseling Department: (510) 436-2475

The Horticulture Department at Merritt College is one of the largest in northern California. Housed on seven and one-half acres, the facility includes 5,000 square feet of greenhouses, a 5,000 square-foot lath house, drafting and floral design labs and the Emile L. Labadie Arboretum. This two-year program is designed to prepare students for employment in the field of Landscape Horticulture. One or more certificates in Landscape Horticulture will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below. Certificates at the Basic, Intermediate, and Specialist/Professional levels are available. This program is designed to lead to a vocational competency-based Associate in Science degree or transfer to a four-year institution. Graduates can find employment in landscape design and construction, landscape maintenance, nurseries, and golf and sports turf-related fields. Courses are offered during both the day and evening.

Certificates of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of any
of the Level A, B, or C Certificate of Achievement requirements. An Associate of
Science (AS) degree will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the
requirements of one of the Level C certificates and the local AA/AS General
Education requirements.

Note: Completion of the Level A Basic Landscape Horticulture certificate is not  required to qualify for a Level B or Level C certificate. Level B certificates include  some Level A requirements to provide foundations for the chosen track – see  specific requirements for each Level B and Level C certificate.

Level A: Basic Landscape Horticulture

Landscape Design and Construction Track:
Level B: Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction
Level C: Landscape Design and Construction Specialist*

Landscape and Parks Maintenance Track:
Level B: Intermediate Landscape and Parks Maintenance
Level C: Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist*

Nursery Management Track:
Level B: Intermediate Nursery Management
Level C: Nursery Management Specialist*

*Note: An Associate of Science (AS) degree is available for any of the Level C  certificates with satisfactory completion of the local AA/AS General Education  requirements.

Those who earn the certificate in Basic Landscape Horticulture can find employment at the basic or entry level in grounds maintenance, or as a park worker or gardener. An advanced certificate in the Landscape Design and Construction track enables students to find employment with landscape design and construction  firms, as independent landscape designers, or, with state certification, as  landscape contractors. Students with a certificate in the Nursery Management  track can find employment in local retail and wholesale nurseries. Students have  also successfully started their own specialty nurseries. Students who successfully  complete the advanced certificate in the Landscape and Parks Maintenance  track can find employment with city parks or other municipal departments, or with  commercial landscape firms. Many students work either independently or with  landscape maintenance companies. In addition to the above programs, Merritt College also offers an AA degree in  Landscape Architecture and a Certificate of Proficiency in Permaculture  Design. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s  transcript.

Level A. BASIC LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURE

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

The Basic Landscape Horticulture certificate program is intended for those students who are limited by time constraints to a one-year program. Graduates with this certificate can find employment at the basic or entry level in grounds maintenance or as a park worker or gardener. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below. Note: Completion of the Level A Basic Landscape Horticulture certificate is not required to qualify for a Level B or Level C certificate. Level B certificates include some Level A requirements to provide foundations for the chosen track – see specific requirements for each Level B and Level C certificate.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Create and maintain landscapes that provide basic human comfort and livability.
  • Create and maintain landscapes that respect and respond to regional ecology, including plant community dynamics, soil mediums, water and moisture requirements, and sustainable potential in Bay Area environments.
  • Communicate basic horticulture concepts to clients, contractors, and public agencies.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
LANHT 1 or 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day)  3
or
LANHT 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture (Evening) 3
LANHT 23 Plant Terminology 2.5
LANHT 26 Pruning 0.5
Select one plant ID course from the following:
LH 2 or 2E. 3 or 3E,; 4 or 4E;  5A , 5B,  5EA, or 5EB; 6A,  6B, 6EA, or 6EB; 7 or 7E; 40 or 40E 3
Select one course from the following:
LANHT 8 Turf Management with Lab (Day)  3
LANHT 8E Turf Management (Evening)  3
LANHT 13 Arboriculture with Lab (Day)  3
LANHT 13E Arboriculture (Evening) 3
Select one course from the following:
LANHT 10 Insects 3
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control  3
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape 3
Select one course from the following:
LANHT 16 Soil Management  3
LANHT 19 Plant Nutrition 3
Level A Total Required Units: 18

LEVEL B. INTERMEDIATE LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

The Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction certificate program trains students to work in the field of landscape design/build. The curriculum provides studies in design, construction, plant ID, and basic horticulture, topics that help a student obtain employment in the field, and provide foundational training towards becoming licensed landscape contractors and related specialties. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below.

Note: Completion of the Level A Basic Landscape Horticulture certificate is not required to qualify for the Level B Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction certificate. The Level B certificate includes some Level A requirements to provide the appropriate foundations for this track.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Design and build landscapes that provide basic human comfort and livability, and meet client functional and financial needs.
  • Design and build landscapes that respond to regional ecology.
  • Communicate landscape design concepts to clients, contractors, and public agencies.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements:
LH 1 or 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) 3
or
LH 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture (Evening) 3
LH 14 Landscape Construction with Lab (Day)  3
LH 14E Landscape Construction (Evening)  3
LH 18A Landscape Design  3
LH 18B Landscape Design  3
LH 18LA Landscape Design Laboratory  1
LH 18LB Landscape Design Laboratory  1
LH 23 Plant Terminology 2.5
LANHT 29 or 29E 29: Planting Design with Lab (Day) or Planting Design (Eve) 3/4
Select two plant ID courses from the following:
LH 2 or 2E or 3 or 3E or 4 or 4E or 5A or 5B or 5EA or 5EB or 6A or 6B or 6EA or 6EB or 7 or 7E or 40 or 40E 3
Select a minimum of 3 units from the following:*
LH 8 or 8E 8: Turf ID, Culture, and Management with Lab (Day) or 8E: No Lab (Eve)  3
LH 9A SketchUp Pro I 3
LH 13 or 13E 13: Arboriculture with Lab (Day) or 13E: No Lab (Eve) 3
LH 31 Site Operations for Landscape Designers and Builders  3
LH 33 Design Evaluation of Bay Area Landscapes  3
LH 34A Computer-Assisted Landscape Design  3
LH 35A-B Advanced Landscape Design  3
Level B Total Required Units: 28.5-29.5

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

LEVEL C. LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST

The Landscape Design and Construction Specialist degree and certificate program provides additional training for students interested in working in the field of landscape design/build. The curriculum provides advanced studies in design, plant ID and basic horticulture, and provides foundational training towards working in a design/ build firm, and obtaining a landscape contractor’s license, irrigation design certification, and related specialties (lighting, water features, water management).

To qualify for the Associate of Science in Landscape Design and Construction Specialist degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements specified below and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/ AS General Education requirements. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below.

Note: Students must satisfactorily complete the Level B Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction certificate requirements to qualify for the Level C Landscape Design and Construction Specialist AS degree or Certificate of Achievement.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Students who complete the degree or certificate will be able to:

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Design and build landscapes that provide basic human livability, meet client functional and financial needs, and support community health and well-being.
  • Design and build landscapes that respond to regional ecology, and support principles of sustainability.
  • Communicate landscape design and building concepts to clients, contractors, and public agencies through electronic media, reports, graphic representation, and spoken presentations.

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level B Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction Required Units: 28.5-29.5
 
Plus Level C Requirements:
LH 17 or 17E Irrigation with Lab (Day) or Irrigation (Eve)  3
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:*
LH 2 or 2E or 3 or 3E or 4 or 4E or 5A or 5B or 5EA or 5EB or 6A or 6B or 6EA or 6EB or 7 or 7E or 40 or 40E 3
Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:*
LH 8 or 8E Turf Management with Lab (Day) or Turf Mgmt. (Eve)  3
LH 13 or 13E Arboriculture with Lab (Day) or Arboriculture (Eve) 3
LH 31 Site Operations for Landscape Designers and Builders 3
LH 33 Design Evaluation of Bay Area Landscapes  3
LH 34ABC Computer-Assisted Landscape Design 3
LH 35AB Advanced Landscape Design 3

Level C Total Required Units: 40.5-41.5

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

Recommended:

LH 9A SketchUp Pro I  3 units
LH 55, History of Gardens and Gardening  3 units
LH 58, CAD Clinic for Landscape Horticulture  1 unit
LH 60A, B, orC Freehand Drawing for Landscape Designers I, II, III 3 units ea.
LH 210A, B, or C Landscape Design Forum I, II, III 2 units ea.

LEVEL B. INTERMEDIATE LANDSCAPE AND PARKS MAINTENANCE

The Intermediate Landscape and Parks Maintenance certificate program trains students to work as grounds maintenance workers in a variety of settings, including public or private parks, golf courses, and commercial or residential gardens. The curriculum provides studies in basic horticulture, plant ID, and maintenance practices. These areas of emphasis can help a student gain employment in the field of landscape and parks maintenance with public works departments, landscape maintenance companies, golf courses, parks and recreation departments, or start their own landscape maintenance companies. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below.

Note: Completion of the Level A Basic Landscape Horticulture certificate is not required to qualify for the Level B Intermediate Landscape and Parks Maintenance certificate. The Level B certificate includes some Level A requirements to provide the appropriate foundations for this track.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:
• Maintain landscapes to maximize their basic human comfort and livability.
• Maintain landscapes that require low water use and support regional ecology.
• Employ maintenance practices that minimize the use of gas power tools, source material (soil, compost, plants, tools) regionally as available, and recycle or compost yard waste to minimize the dumping of green waste.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements:
LH 1 or 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) 3
LH 8 or 8E Turf Management with Lab (Day) or Turf Mgmt. (Eve) 3
LH 13 or 13E Arboriculture with Lab (Day) or Arboriculture (Eve) 3
LH 23 Plant Terminology 2.5
LH 26 Pruning  .5 units
LH 201 Landscape Maintenance Practices 3
Select two plant ID courses from the following:
LH 2 or 2E. 3 or 3E,; 4 or 4E;  5A , 5B,  5EA, or 5EB; 6A,  6B, 6EA, or 6EB; 7 or 7E; 40 or 40E
Select two courses from the following:*
LH 10 Insects 3
LH 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control 3
LH 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 16 Soil Management 3
LH 19 Plant Nutrition 3
Level B Total Required Units: 30

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

Recommended:
LH 206, Landscape Maintenance Business Practices  3 units

LEVEL C. LANDSCAPE AND PARKS MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST

The Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist degree and certificate program provides additional training for students interested in working in the field of landscape and parks maintenance. The curriculum provides advanced studies in horticulture, plant ID and maintenance practices, and provides foundational training towards working for parks and recreation departments, golf courses, public works, landscape maintenance companies, or starting one’s own landscape maintenance business.

To qualify for the Associate of Science in Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements specified below and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below.

Note: Students must satisfactorily complete the Level B Intermediate Landscape and Parks Maintenance certificate requirements to qualify for the Level C Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist AS degree or Certificate of Achievement.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the degree or certificate will be able to:

  • Maintain landscapes to maximize their basic human comfort and livability.
  • Maintain landscapes to support regional ecology, low water use, and sustainable potential in Bay Area environments.
  • Employ maintenance practices that minimize the use of power tools, dumping of green waste, and vehicle use

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level B Intermediate Landscape & Parks Maintenance Required Units:
30
Plus Level C Requirements:
LANHT 21 Horticultural Equipment 2
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:
LH 2 or 2E. 3 or 3E,; 4 or 4E;  5A , 5B,  5EA, or 5EB; 6A,  6B, 6EA, or 6EB; 7 or 7E; 40 or 40E 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 10 Insects: Identification and Management 3
LH 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control 3
LH 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 16 Soil Management 3
LH 19 Plant Nutrition 3
Level C Total Required Units: 41

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

Recommended:

LH54, Integrated Pest Management  1 Unit

LH206, Landscape Business Practices  3 Units

LEVEL B. INTERMEDIATE NURSERY MANAGEMENT

The Intermediate Nursery Management certificate program provides basic training for working in the wholesale and retail nursery industry. Students will learn growing and maintenance practices, basic nursery propagation, plant media, watering systems, fertilizers, pest and disease control, and plant evaluation. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below.

Note: Completion of the Level A Basic Landscape Horticulture certificate is not required to qualify for the Level B Intermediate Nursery Management certificate. The Level B certificate includes some Level A requirements to provide the appropriate foundations for this track.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Perform basic tasks and state-of-the-art operations of a professional nursery person.
  • Identify plants by botanical name and evaluate their suitability for use in private and public landscapes.
  • Evaluate plant stock in terms of its regional origins, water-use requirements, and sustainable potential in Bay Area environments.
  • Identify individual organisms and apply biological systems including plants, fungi, microorganisms, animals, and people to local gardens.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level B Requirements:
LH 1 or 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) or Intro to LH (Eve) 3
LH 16 Soil Management 3
LH 19 Plant Nutrition 3
LH 23 Plant Terminology (F, S) 2.5
LH 24 Plant Propagation
LH 25 Nursery Mangement 3
LH 26 Pruning .5
Select two plant ID courses from the following:
LH 2 or 2E. 3 or 3E,; 4 or 4E;  5A , 5B,  5EA, or 5EB; 6A,  6B, 6EA, or 6EB; 7 or 7E; 40 or 40E 3
 
Select two courses from the following:*
LANHT 10 Insects 3
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control 3
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape 3
Level B Total Required Units: 30

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

LEVEL C. NURSERY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

The Nursery Management Specialist degree and certificate program provides advanced training for working in the wholesale and retail nursery industry. Students will learn growing and maintenance practices for a wide variety of plant species, advanced propagation techniques, watering systems, basic soil and fertilizer chemistry, pest and disease control, and nursery business operations.

To qualify for the Associate of Science in Nursery Management Specialist degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements specified below and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/ AS General Education requirements. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below.

Note: Students must satisfactorily complete the Level B Intermediate Nursery Management requirements to qualify for the Level C Nursery Management Specialist AS degree or Certificate of Achievement.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the degree or certificate will be able to:

  • Perform state-of-the-art sustainable operations of a professional nursery person in both wholesale and retail nursery operations.
  • Demonstrate ability to grow and/or maintain nursery stock including basic nursery propagation, soils, watering systems, fertilizers, pest and disease control, and plant evaluation.

    Demonstrate knowledge of all aspects of nursery management including the basics of financial, site operations, personnel, and marketing aspects.

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level B Intermediate Nursery Management Required Units:
30
Plus Level C Requirements:
LH 52 Special Project in Plant Propagation 3
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:
LH 2 or 2E. 3 or 3E,; 4 or 4E;  5A , 5B,  5EA, or 5EB; 6A,  6B, 6EA, or 6EB; 7 or 7E; 40 or 40E 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 25 10 Insects: Identification and Management 3
LH 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control 3
LH 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 16 Soil Management 3
LH 19 Plant Nutrition 3
Level C Total Required Units: 41

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (AA) DEGREE

The Landscape Architecture degree program provides students with the basic foundation and skills to pursue a career or further education in Landscape Architecture. Course topics include design process and principles, site analysis, site planning, planting design, construction, topographic form, graphic representation, computer- assisted design, and professional practice. Students with this degree will fulfill three objectives: Meet the minimum educational requirement to take the California Landscape Architects Registration Exam (LARE); obtain basic skills necessary to start work in a professional landscape design or design-build office; and get basic preparation towards transferring to a four-year or graduate program in landscape architecture.

To qualify for the Associate of Arts in Landscape Architecture degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements specified below and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the degree will be able to:

  • Design landscapes that provide basic human comfort and livability.
  • Design landscapes that respond to and support regional ecology.
  • Communicate landscape design and building concepts to clients, contractors, and public agencies through written reports, drawings, graphic images, and oral presentations.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: The major criteria for professional success is a state issued license, and an AA degree in landscape architecture provides the minimum educational requirement (in addition to a five-year internship) to sit for the licensing exam, an exam that allows one to practice legally. The course work also prepares students for entry-level jobs in a landscape architecture office, enabling him or her to fulfill the internship requirement for licensing.

Degree Major Requirements:

Core Courses:
Dept/No. Title Units
LH 18A Landscape Design 3
LH 18B  Landscape Design Laboratory 3
LH 18LA Landscape Design (continuing) 1
LH 18LB Landscape Design Laboratory (continuing) 1
LH 29 or 29E Planting Design 3
LH 33A Design Evaluation of Bay Area Landscapes 3
LH 34A Computer Assisted Landscape Design 3
or
LH 9A SketchUp Pro I 3
LH 35A Advanced Landscape Design 3
LH 57 Form and Composition 3
LH 60A Freehand Drawing for Landscape Designers 3
LH 210A Landscape Design Forum 2
LH 2 or  2E Tree Identification and Culture 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 5A, 5B, 5EA, or 5EB Native Plants Identification and Culture 3
LH 40 or 40E Mediterranean Plants Identification and Culture 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 14 Landscape Construction with Lab (Day)  3
LH 14E Landscape Construction (Evening)  3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LH 17 or 17E Irrigation with Lab (Day) or Irrigation (Eve)  3
Total Required Units: 40- 41

 

PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Permaculture Design certificate program is designed to train students to work on the design, maintenance, and harvesting of a ten-year old, one-acre student farm/food forest. Students will also acquire a firm foundation in horticultural basics as well as have the opportunity to round out their ecological gardening skills by taking related classes in mushroom cultivation, beneficial beasts, and natural building.
A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s). The Horticulture Dept. staff can also help with planning, including assistance with when classes might be scheduled.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Students who complete the certificate will be able to:Design gardens that merge landscape design, sustainable agriculture and applied ecology for people and organisms.
  • Identify individual organisms and apply biological systems including plants, fungi, microorganisms, animals, and people to local gardens.
  • Manage the infrastructure web of social/ecological gardens, including people and plant communities, animal systems, soil generation, solar, and water systems.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
LH 1 or 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) or Intro to LH (Eve) 3
LH 23 Plant Terminology 2.5
LH 26 Pruning .5
LH 28A Permaculture  3
LH 28B Permaculture
Select six units from the following:
LH 18A & LA Landscape Design & Landscape Design Laboratory (3/1) 4
LH 18B & LB Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)  3
LH 36A-C Natural Building  3
LH 45A-C Mushroom Cultivation I, II, III 2
LH 46 Cycles of Land Use: East Bay Field Studies & Interpretation 3
LH 54 Integrated Pest Management 1
LH 76 Edible Landscaping 3
LH 208A-C Growing & Using Healthful Herbs 2
LH 211A-C Beneficial Beasts in the Garden and Landscape 2
Level A Total Required Units: 17.5