Academic Catalog

Environmental & Applied Technology

Sustainable Urban Landscapes Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

This curriculum is designed to investigate the current trends and provide practical experience in sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance. Students will use technology, materials and methods that enhance the urban landscape with minimal input of labor and materials while reducing negative environmental impacts. Students entering the landscape industry, those already employed but seeking upgraded skills, and those wishing to transfer to four-year degree programs will benefit from the curriculum. Graduates are employed by landscape contractors, landscape architects and designers, public agencies, or are 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.

Career Opportunities

Irrigation Manager
Landscape Design Consultant
Landscape Maintenance Supervisor
Landscape Manager
Landscape Water Auditor
Water Conservation Specialist

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

OH-120Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture3
OH-130Plant Pest Control3
OH-170Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs3
OH-250Landscape Water Management2
OH-255Sustainable Urban Landscape Principles and Practices2
OH-263Urban Forestry1
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 a minimum of eight units from the following:8-8.5
Xeriscape: Water Conservation in the Landscape
Edibles in Urban Landscapes
Landscape Architecture I
Plant Materials: Annuals and Perennials
Landscape Construction: Concrete and Masonry
Landscape Construction: Irrigation and Carpentry
Principles of Landscape Irrigation
Science in Practice for Arboriculture
Total Units31-31.5

Plus General Education Requirements


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

Certificate of Achievement

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