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The horticulture facility 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.
 

A.  BASIC LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURE

Certificate of Achievement of Requirements:

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

 

B1. INTERMEDIATE LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONTRUCTION

Certificate of Achievement of Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements:
LANHT 1 Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) (F, S)
or
LANHT 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture (Evening) (F, S) 3
LANHT 23 Plant Terminology (F, S) 2.5
Select one plant ID course from the following:
LANHT 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
Level A Required Units: 8.5
Plus Level B1 Requirements:
LANHT 14 Landscape Construction with Lab (Day) (FE)
LANHT 14E Landscape Construction (Evening) (FO) 3
LANHT 18A Landscape Design (F) 3
LANHT 18B Landscape Design (S) 3
LANHT 22A Landscape Design Laboratory (F) 1
LANHT 22B Landscape Design Laboratory (S) 1
LANHT 29 Planting Design with Lab (Day) (3) (F)
or
LANHT 29E Planting Design (Evening) (4) (F) 3-4
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:*
LANHT 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:*
LANHT 8 Insects (S)
Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)
LANHT 8E Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
LANHT 13 Arboriculture with Lab (Day) (FO) (3)
or
LANHT 13E Arboriculture (Evening) (FE) (3)
LANHT 31 Site Operations for Landscape Designers and Builders (3)
LANHT 32 Designing with Native Plants (3)
LANHT 33 Design Evaluation of Bay Area Landscapes (S) (3)
LANHT 34A-C Computer-Assisted Landscape Design (F) (3 each)
LANHT 35A-B Advanced Landscape Design (S) (3 each)           3
Level B1 Additional Required Units: 20-21
Level B1Total Required Units: 28.5-29.5

*Select course(s) not previously taken.
 

C1. LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST

Degree Major/Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements: 8.5
Plus Level B1 Additional Requirements: 20-21
Level B1 Total Required Units: 28.5-29.5
 
Plus Level C1 Requirements:
LANHT 17 Irrigation with Lab (Day) (SO)
or
LANHT 17E Irrigation (Evening) (SE) 3
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:*
LANHT 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:*
LANHT 8 Turf Management with Lab (Day) (3)
or
LANHT 8E Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
LANHT 13 Soil Management (F)
  or
LANHT 13E Arboriculture (Evening) (FE) (3)
LANHT 31 Site Operations for Landscape Designers and Builders (3)
LANHT 32 Designing with Native Plants (3)
LANHT 33 Design Evaluation of Bay Area Landscapes (S) (3)
LANHT 34A-C Computer-Assisted Landscape Design (F) (3 each)
LANHT 35A-B Advanced Landscape Design (S) (3 each)
Level C1 Additional Required Units:    12
Level C1 Total Required Units: 40.5-41.5

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

Recommended:

LANHT 60A-60B-60C, Freehand Drawing for Landscape Designers I, II, III (3-3-3)
LANHT 58, CAD Clinic for Landscape Horticulture (1)
LANHT 9A-9B-9C, SketchUp Pro I, II, III (1.5-1.5-1.5)
LANHT 55, History of Gardens and Gardening (3)
LANHT 210A-210B-210C, Landscape Design Forum I, II, III (2-2-2)

 

B2. INTERMEDIATE LANDSCAPE AND PARK MAINTENANCE

Certificate of Achievement of Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements:
LANHT 1 Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) (F, S)
or
LANHT 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture (Evening) (F, S) 3
LANHT 23 Plant Terminology (F, S) 2.5
LANHT 26 Pruning (F, S) 0.5
Select one plant ID course from the following:
LANHT 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 one course from the following:*
LANHT 8 Turf Management with Lab (Day)
LANHT 8E Turf Management (Evening)
LANHT 13 Arboriculture with Lab (Day) (FO)
LANHT 13E Arboriculture (Evening) (FE) 3
Select one course from the following:*
LANHT 10 Insects (S)
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
Level A Required Units: 15
Plus Level B2 Requirements:
LANHT 201 Landscape Maintenance Practices 3
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:*
LANHT 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 one additional course from the following:*
LANHT 8 Turf Management with Lab (Day)
or
LANHT 8E Turf Management (Evening)
LANHT 13 Arboriculture with Lab (Day) (FO)
  or
LANHT 13E Arboriculture (Evening) (FE) 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LANHT 10 Advanced Landscape Design (S) (3 each)
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LANHT 16 Soil Management (F)
LANHT 19 Plant Nutrition (S) 3
Level B2 Additional Required Units:    15
Level B2 Total Required Units: 30

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

Recommended:

LANHT 206, Landscape Maintenance Business Practices (3)
 

C2. LANDSCAPE AND PARKS MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST

Degree Major/Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements: 15
Plus Level B2 Additional Requirements: 15
Level B2 Total Required Units: 30
 
Plus Level C2 Requirements: 2.5
LANHT 21 Horticultural Equipment Operation, Maintenance and Repair 2
Select one plant ID course from the following:
LANHT 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 one course from the following:*
LANHT 10 Insects (S)
and
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LANHT 16 Soil Management (F)
and
LANHT 19 Plant Nutrition (S) 3
Level C2 Additional Required Units: 11
Level C2 Requirements Units: 41

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

Recommended:

LANHT 54, Integrated Pest Management (1)
LANHT 206, Landscape Maintenance Business Practices (3)
 

B3. INTERMEDIATE NURSERY MANAGEMENT

Certificate of Achievement of Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements:
LANHT 1 Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) (F, S)
or
LANHT 1E Introduction to Landscape Horticulture (Evening) (F, S) 3
LANHT 23 Plant Terminology (F, S) 2.5
LANHT 26 Pruning (F, S) 0.5
Select one plant ID course from the following:
LANHT 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 one course from the following:*
LANHT 10 Insects (S)
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
Select one course from the following:*
LANHT 16 Soil Management (F)
LANHT 19 Plant Nutrition (S) 3
Level A Required Units: 15
Plus Level B3 Requirements:
LANHT 24 Plant Propagation (S) 3
LANHT 25 Nursery Management (F) 3
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:*
LANHT 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 one additional course from the following:*
LANHT 10 Insects (S)
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
Select one additional course from the following:*
LANHT 16 Soil Management (F)
and
LANHT 19 Plant Nutrition (S) 3
Level B3 Additional Required Units:    15
Level B3 Total Required Units: 30

*Select course(s) not previously taken.
 

C3. NURSERY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Degree Major/Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Level A Requirements: 15
Plus Level B3 Additional Requirements: 15
Level B3 Total Required Units: 30
 
Plus Level C3 Requirements:
Select one additional plant ID course from the following:*
LANHT 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 one additional course from the following:*
LANHT 10 Insects (S)
and
LANHT 11 Plant Diseases and Their Control (F)
LANHT 12 Weeds in the Urban Landscape (S) 3
Plus: Landscape Horticulture Electives 6
Level C3 Additional Required Units: 12
Level C3 Requirements Units: 42

*Select course(s) not previously taken.

Recommended:

LANHT 48OU, Horticultural Hydroponics (3)
LANHT 52, Special Projects in Propagation (3)
LANHT 202, Soil Management Lab (.5)
LANHT 203, Greenhouse Operations and Management (3)
LANHT 204, Floriculture, Greenhouse Production and Hydroponics (2)

 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

The Associate in Arts degree in Landscape Architecture 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. The AA degree in Landscape Architecture will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the General Education requirements and the Major course requirements.
(Pending State Approval)

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:

Dept/No. Title Units
Core Courses:
LANHT 18A Landscape Design  3
LANHT 18B  Landscape Design 3
LANHT 22A Landscape Design Laboratory 1
LANHT 22B Landscape Design Laboratory 1
LANHT 29 Planting Design with Lab (Day) 3
LANHT 33 Design Evaluation of Bay Area Landscapes 3
LANHT 34A Computer-Assisted Landscape Design
  or 3
LANHT 9A SketchUp Pro I 3
LANHT 35A Advanced Landscape Design 3
LANHT 57 Form and Composition in Landscape Design 3
LANHT 60A Freehand Drawing for Landscape Designers I
LANHT 210A Landscape Design Forum I    2
  Subtotal: 28
Select one course for 3 units from the following:
LANHT 2 Plant Materials: Tree ID and Culture with Lab (Day) (3)
LANHT 2E Plant Materials: Tree ID and Culture (Evening) (3) 3
Select one course for 3 units from the following:
LANHT 5A Plant Materials: Fall Native Plant ID and Culture with Lab (Day) (3)
LANHT 5B  Plant Materials: Spring Native Plant ID and Culture with Lab (Day) (3)
LANHT 5EA Plant Materials: Fall Native Plant ID and Culture (Evening) (3)
LANHT 5EB Plant Materials: Spring Native Plant ID and Culture (Evening) (3)
LANHT 40A Plant Materials: Mediterranean, South African and Australian Plant ID and Culture with Lab (Day) (3)
LANHT 40E Plant Materials: Mediterranean, South African and Australian Plant ID and Culture (Evening) (3) 3
Select one course for 3 units from the following:
LANHT 14 Landscape Construction with Lab (Day) (3)
LANHT 14E Landscape Construction 3
Select one course for 3 units from the following:
LANHT 17 Irrigation with Lab (Day) (3)
LANHT 17E Irrigation (Evening) (3)    3
Degree Major Total 40
Required Units:
Plus:
GE Areas 1-5 General Education Requirements (refer to GE requirements in catalog) 19-22
Electives To total 60 units required for AA degree 0-1
AA Degree Total Required Units:
60-62

*Select course(s) not previously taken.
 

PERMACULTURE DESIGN

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 courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
LANHT 1 Introduction to Landscape Horticulture with Lab (Day) 3
LANHT 23 Plant Terminology 2.5
LANHT 28A Permaculture Design I 3
LANHT 28B Permaculture Design II    3
Subtotal: 11.5
Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:
LANHT 18A-B Landscape Design (3-3)
LANHT 36A-C Natural Building (3-3-3)
LANHT 45A-C Mushroom Cultivation I, II, III (2-2-2)
LANHT 46 Cycles of Land Use: East Bay Field Studies and Interpretation (3)
LANHT 47 From Dams to Greywater: California Water Systems and Alternatives (2)
LANHT 54 Integrated Pest Management (1)
LANHT 56A Regenerative Design I (3)
LANHT 208A-C Growing and Using Healthful Herbs (2-2-2)
LANHT 211A-C Beneficial Beasts in the Garden and Landscape (2-2-2)
LANHT 220 The Edible Landscape (2)
Subtotal:    6
Total Required Units: 17.5