Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture

Degree Information

Academic Plan

Sustainable Agriculture

Academic Plan Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Official Curriculum Details

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


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Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Agriculture program focuses on sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, and urban farming. This program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in Agribusiness.

What You’ll Learn

This degree will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Utilize computer applications relevant to the field for communication, production decisions, business management and cost analysis.
  2. Synthesize multiple sources of information to assist in decision making relative to agricultural business planning and operations.
  3. Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  4. Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  5. Evaluate sustainable food production systems in rural and urban settings.
  6. Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  7. Effectively plant, maintain and harvest crops by synthesizing principles of plant growth and responses to particular soils, climate, sun exposure, water availability, nutrients, and pests.
  8. Apply environmentally and socially responsible agricultural practices.
  9. Establish, select and maintain facilities for alternative crop production systems, including raising fish and vegetables in a closed-looped system.
  10. Use various media to market agricultural crops, including brand development, social networking, direct marketing, community supported agriculture.
  11. Explain the physical and chemical properties of soil as they relate to pH, water, nutrients, and organic matter.
  12. Analyze sustainable and conventional food production systems within historical and contemporary contexts.
  13. Design and install irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate equipment.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AGB130Establishing and Running an Agribusiness3
AGB139Agribusiness Computer Operations3
AGB231Marketing of Agricultural Products3
AGS164Plant Growth and Development4
AGS165AAFall Sustainable Crop Production3
AGS165ABSpring Sustainable Crop Production3
AGS262Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting3
AGS268Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-3
FON161Sustainable Food Production Systems3
SSH111Sustainable Cities3

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must select two (2) of the following courses:
AGB132Agribusiness and Management3
AGB144Agriculture Processing3
AGS186Greenhouse Management and Construction3

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 15-18
General Education CoreCredits: 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
Higher level mathematics course3
General Education DistributionCredits: 3
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by SSH111 in the Required Courses area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
Met by AGS260 in the Required Courses area.

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Award Details

First Term
2019 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
11-9013.01, 11-9013.00
Program Availability
Occupational Area
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
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