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Program Details

Horticulture and Gardening Certificate


Estimated Tuition Candidacy Fees Action
$4,950.00 $200.00
From propagating an heirloom tomato, to field trips, or calculating the water carrying capacity of your soil, the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate provides the science and the skills to expand your knowledge. Our instructors are scientists, contractors and landscape architects with a passion for growing plants.

The Certificate also offers people with a desire to "play in the dirt" horticultural know-how to properly and successfully create outdoor areas that will be the envy of their neighbors. Patios, front yards or kitchen gardens, the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate gives students the confidence to successfully grow plants anywhere.

The Certificate provides a solid foundation in plant biology, soil health, plant identification, and horticultural care. Our courses combine environmental stewardship with the art and science of horticulture. Completion of the Certificate inspires and enables students to: propagate, grow, and maintain plants; understand environmental systems employing the principles of soils, water, botany, and horticulture; identify and treat plant health issues, including common pests and microbial diseases; identify and categorize 200 regional and state plants by common name, genus, and species; understand plant water needs and methods of application; choose and place plants, add amendments according to soil, water and solar orientation so that plants survive, reproduce and thrive.

The curriculum consists of 7 required courses (28 units) and 2-3 electives (8 units) for a total of 36 units. Candidates begin with the two science core courses, Biology X 494: Introduction to Horticulture or Biology X 496.2: General Botany for Gardeners and complete the certificate in 15-18 months taking two courses a quarter.


  • SU=Summer
  • FA=Fall
  • WI=Winter
  • SP=Spring
Use the grid displayed below to check for typical availability.


We offer electives every quarter with new electives added frequently. 8 elective units from the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate Program or other approved disciplines must be taken to complete the Certificate. Above are examples of past electives.

Estimated Cost

Candidacy Fee: $200.00

Estimated Program Tuition: $4,950.00

Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $500.00

Estimated Total Cost: $5,525.00

Estimated total cost is based on candidacy, course, and textbook fees, but do not include additional expenses such as parking. Costs are approximate and subject


Contact: Melissa McDonald, (310) 825-9414 or horticulture@uclaextension.edu

Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 12 quarters
Internships Available: No
Program ID: CF020

Additional Information

Please note: candidacy and application fees are not transferable or refundable.

Students in certificate programs may repeat once for credit only those courses in which they receive a grade of C-, D, F, NP, or U. A course in which a grade of C-, D or F has been earned may not be repeated for credit on a Passed/Not Passed basis. No more than a single instance of earned credit for any course will count toward minimum unit requirements for completing a certificate program, or for assessing continuing progress with respect to financial aid, or the status of international students on F1 visas.

All certificate programs at UCLA Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. If you would like to refine your English language proficiency prior to beginning one of our programs, we offer English as a Second Language programs and an array of classes in Communication and Learning Skills.

UCLA Extension may change the content and course requirements of a certificate program at any time. To prevent being impacted by possible changes in the course requirements, students are encouraged strongly to enroll in the certificate of their choice as early as possible following their selection of a program. Only those whose paid certificate application fees have been accepted are assured of completion of a certificate under its current requirements. Courses within the curriculum are expected to be completed by the end of normal candidacy which is cited above. Candidacies can be renewed under certain circumstances. Students with older records may be required to repeat material to ensure its relevance.

Students who complete their curriculum with an earned GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the notation "earned with distinction" posted to their transcript and printed on their certificates. For other information about candidacies and the service environment, see about certificate candidacy.

UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program was developed and is administered in accordance with regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

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