Academic Catalog

Environmental & Applied Technology

Irrigation Technology Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

This specialized field focuses on the design, installation and management of landscape irrigation systems. The program is designed for entry level students, those seeking to upgrade existing skills, or those wishing to transfer to a four-year degree program at Cal Poly or other institution. The use of current design theory, installation techniques, and management programs form the heart of the curriculum. Graduates are employed by landscape architects, irrigation consultants, landscape contractors, public agencies or may be self-employed.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Perform work-related functions according to current industry standards.
  • Assess and resolve work-related problems using current industry-specific tools and resources.
  • Communicate effectively to prospective clients, managers and coworkers in a workplace setting.
  • Abide by industry and government regulations regarding occupational health and safety, and/or environmental standards.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

OH-102Xeriscape: Water Conservation in the Landscape2
OH-120Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture3
OH-221Landscape Construction: Irrigation and Carpentry3
OH-235Principles of Landscape Irrigation4
OH-250Landscape Water Management2
OH-290Cooperative Work Experience Education 13
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Business
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Developing a Business
Business Law: Legal Environment of Business
Select nine units from the following:9
Plant Pest Control
Landscape Architecture I
Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs
Turf and Ground Cover Management
Introduction to Computer-Aided Landscape Design 2
Landscape Contracting
Irrigation System Design
Spanish I
Total Units32

Plus General Education Requirements


Student must complete six units within the major at Cuyamaca College to be eligible for this course.


May also be offered at Southwestern College as LA 200.

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Irrigation Technology. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.