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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.
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Sustainable Agriculture (DEG)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- Program Notes
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Utilize computer applications relevant to the field for communication, production decisions, business management and cost analysis.
- Synthesize multiple sources of information to assist in decision making relative to agricultural business planning and operations.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
- Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
- Evaluate sustainable food production systems in rural and urban settings.
- Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
- 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.
- Apply environmentally and socially responsible agricultural practices.
- Establish, select and maintain facilities for alternative crop production systems, including raising fish and vegetables in a closed-looped system.
- Use various media to market agricultural crops, including brand development, social networking, direct marketing, community supported agriculture.
- Explain the physical and chemical properties of soil as they relate to pH, water, nutrients, and organic matter.
- Analyze sustainable and conventional food production systems within historical and contemporary contexts.
- Design and install irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate equipment.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|AGB139||Agribusiness Computer Operations||RC||3|
|CHM130||Fundamental Chemistry||Prerequisites: C or better in [CHM090 or MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or (MAT103AA & MAT103AB) or higher or satisfactory placement score] and [RDG100 or higher or eligibility for CRE101], or permission of the Instructor/Department/Division Chair.||Or permission of Program Director||NS||0–3|
|FON161||Sustainable Food Production Systems||RC||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment||FYC||3|
|Humanities and Fine Arts||Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area||HU||3|
|Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development||0–3|
|AGS164||Plant Growth and Development||RC||4|
|MAT112||Mathematical Concepts and Applications||OR Higher level mathematics course||MA||3|
|AGS260||Soils||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHM130 or permission of Instructor.||AGS260 is offered in the Spring only. AGS260 meets the Natural Sciences area||SQ||4|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||RC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||CR||0–3|
|AGS165AA||Fall Sustainable Crop Production||Prerequisites or Corequisites: AGS164 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|AGS262||Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting||AGS262 is offered in the Fall only||RC||3|
|SSH111||Sustainable Cities||Meets Social and Behavioral Sciences||SB||3|
|RE||Restricted Elective||AGB132 or AGB144 or AGS186||RE||3|
|AGB130||Establishing And Running An Agribusiness||Course offered Spring only.||RC||3|
|AGB231||Marketing of Agricultural Products||Course offered Spring only. Offered online only||RC||3|
|AGS165AB||Spring Sustainable Crop Production||Prerequisites or Corequisites: AGS164 or permission of Instructor.||Course offered Spring only.||RC||3|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||SB or L||3|
|AGS268||Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment||Course offered Spring only.||RC||4|
|AGB132||Agribusiness and Management||3|
|AGS186||Greenhouse Management And Construction||3|
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Course Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=135247).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2020-2021||(Current) 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|