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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. 

 

AG Science

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.



 

Agriculture

agriculture

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

 

AG Business

Agriculture Business

The Associate in Science in Agriculture Business for Transfer Degree prepares students for transfer to a California State University in Agribusiness. This program allows students to complete courses that comprise the core undergraduate work required at a California State University (CSU). Graduates will be prepared to enter the growing agribusiness industry, which provides the products and services related to production, processing, marketing, and distribution of food products. This program combines core concepts of business with the additional skills and knowledge necessary to meet the needs and challenges of agricultural businesses. Management, decision-making, communication, and technology skills will allow students to be prepared for careers in agricultural sales, marketing, finance, accounting, production, and management.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete one of these degrees will be prepared for careers in agricultural sales, marketing, finance, accounting, production, and management, as well as general agriculture

 

Plant Science

AG Science

The Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science for Transfer Degree prepares students with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue post-secondary degrees in Plant Science and careers within a variety of specializations in the field. This program allows students to complete courses that comprise the core undergraduate work required at a California State University (CSU). The Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science for Transfer is designed to assist students in seamlessly transferring to a CSU to major in Plant Science. Agriculture and plant sciences have a wide range of career choice available in California's growing agronomic and horticulture industries. Graduates in these majors are in growing demand as agriculture becomes increasingly high-tech and the movement towards sustainable practices increases. Earning a degree in Plant Science is a starting point for careers in agronomy, crop science, soil science, agricultural biology, entomology, plant biotechnology, pest control, post-harvest physiology, and environmental conservation of water, farmlands, open space, and landscaped areas.

Career Opportunities

Agriculture and plant sciences have a wide range of career choice available in California's growing agronomic and horticulture industries. Graduates in these majors are in growing demand as agriculture becomes increasingly high-tech and the movement towards sustainable practices increases. Earning a degree in Plant Science is a starting point for careers in agronomy, crop science, soil science, agricultural biology, entomology, plant biotechnology, pest control, post-harvest physiology, and environmental conservation of water, farmlands, open space, and landscaped areas.

 

Veterinary Technology, AS

The Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology prepares students for careers within the veterinary and animal healthcare industry as veterinary technicians and qualifies them to site for both national and state board exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Through the integration of hands-on experiential learning and curriculum designed to meet all American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) standards, students will be engaged in various aspects of veterinary medicine and technology. Graduates will be prepared to enter the expanding animal healthcare industry as part of a team of individuals dedicated to the care of domestic animals, small and large. The first year of courses within the Veterinary Technology degree program can be applied towards earning a Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assistant, allowing students to seek initial, entry level employment in the field of veterinary technology while completing the Associate degree requirements. Veterinary technicians are highly skilled assistants to veterinarians and researchers, and are critical to the veterinary field.

Career Opportunities

Registered Veterinary Technicians are integral to the animal health care teams that work under the supervision of veterinarians to perform various types of tasks including veterinary laboratory procedures, surgical and anesthesia assisting, digital imaging (including X-ray technology), dental procedures, medical nursing, emergency care, and veterinary office procedures.

Program Goals and Objectives: Must address a valid transfer, workforce preparation, basic skills, civic education, or lifelong learning purpose.

 

Veterinary Assistant, COA

The Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assistant prepares students for careers within the veterinary and animal healthcare industry as veterinary assistants, animal health technicians, and other allied animal health positions. Through hands-on experiential learning and curriculum designed to engage students in various aspects of veterinary assisting and technology, students will be prepared to enter the expanding animal healthcare industry as part of a team of individuals dedicated to the care of domestic animals, small and large. The Certificate in Veterinary Assistant can be applied to the first year of study towards completion of the Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology, allowing for graduates to sit for national and state board exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

Veterinary Assistants and Registered Veterinary Technicians are integral to the animal health care team that works under the supervision of veterinarians to perform various types of tasks including veterinary laboratory procedures, surgical and anesthesia assisting, digital imaging (including X-ray technology), dental procedures, medical nursing, emergency care, and veterinary office procedures. Students will be trained in highly sought-after skills critical to the veterinary assisting field.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this certificate will be prepared for careers as veterinary assistants, animal health technicians, and other allied animal health positions. Potential career options include employment in private veterinary facilities, bio-medical research institutions, regulatory agencies, livestock operations, pharmaceutical companies, zoological parks, and the animal nutrition industry.

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