Agriculture

Program Purpose: Students participating in the Agriculture program will apply knowledge of plants, animals, soils, and climates to environmental settings with understanding of basic principles of soil fertility and water quality. Students will predict plant growth outcomes by applying basic principles of botany, and be able to recommend management strategies in the use of Earth’s natural resources, including the ability to recognize, interpret, and recommend control strategies for common plant pests and diseases, and understand the implications of the use of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and integrated pest management principles used in Agriculture, Landscape Management, and Natural Resources Management.

Program Description: The Agriculture Department offers the opportunity for students to excel by providing the latest information, technology, and hands-on learning opportunities in both the lecture and laboratory settings. A comprehensive set of undergraduate courses fulfill the general education and transfer requirements of students. Students may obtain an AS in Plant Science; Proficiency Certificate in Landscape Management; or Proficiency Certificate in Natural Resources Management; all of which help fulfill major requirements optimized in preparation for advanced degrees in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management at four-year institutions. A background in Agriculture and Natural Resources provides the basis for numerous challenging careers. Opportunities await the students in such fields as agricultural food production and processing, natural resources management, forestry, and numerous private and public sector careers with national, state and local agencies including state and national parks, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other Department of Interior careers.

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What is agriculture?

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California is home to the largest food and agricultural economy in the nation. California's farmers and ranchers have made this state the leader in agricultural production for over 50 years. With 350 crops and an agricultural economy that exceeds $28 billion, the rest of the world looks to California to see what's next in agriculture. Our courses in the Agriculture program focus on landscaping, natural resources, and the business of agriculture.

Career Opportunities

  • Public schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • State and federal agencies
  • Nature preserves
  • Community organizations
  • Sustainable development

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Associate in Science Degree
  • Certificate of Achievement

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