College of the Desert

College of the Desert, also referred to as COD, is a public community college located in Palm Desert, California. COD offers two-year degrees in the Associate of Arts as well as many certificate programs in areas that support the local workforce needs. Courses in areas such as hospitality, agriculture, transportation technology, etc. are offered and well attended, by around 10,000 students.

COD is widely known for their Energy Technology Training Center. Not only is this center the model after which many other California college Automotive Programs have been designed, but it is also one of few programs that have been certified in all areas (including alternative fuels) by NATEF.

COD maintains a comprehensive transfer program. Students planning on completing their undergraduate degree will be prepared to make the transfer. Students wishing to transfer to University of California Riverside located in Indian Wells or Palm Desert’s Cal State San Bernardino (branch campuses of COD), will also receive admission assistance.

College of the Desert Students are able to complete many of their courses online. This makes earning a degree flexible and convenient. Online programs at COD are ideal for busy students who have to juggle busy schedules.

Quick Facts
Phone Number: (760) 346-8041
Address: 43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260
Institution Type: Public, 2-year
Size: Medium ( 9,400+ undergrad )
Award Levels: Certificate, Associate
In-State Tuition $ 785
Out-of-State Tuition $ 5,644
Online Degrees Offered: NO
Student-to-Faculty Ration: 31 to 1
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Majors and Degrees
Majors/Degrees CERT AA/AS
Agriculture Operations and Sciences
Applied Horticulture Horticulture Operations
Turf Management
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology Biological Sciences
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management
Business Commerce
Hospitality Administration Management
Office Management and Supervision
Resort Management
Retail Management
Communication and Journalism
Mass Media Studies
Computer Information Sciences
Computer Graphics
Information Technology
Construction Trades
Building Construction Site Management Manager
Building Home Construction Inspection Inspector
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology Technician
English Language and Literature Letters
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences
Child Care Provider Assistant
Child Care and Support Services Management
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Health Professions and Related Programs
Substance Abuse Addiction Counseling
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice Police Science
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology Technician
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities
Humanities Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences Liberal Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians
Automobile Automotive Mechanics Technology Technician
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences
Multi- Interdisciplinary Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education Fitness
Personal Services and Culinary Arts
Cooking and Culinary Arts
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Physical Sciences
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
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