Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture

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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.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Sustainable Agriculture (AAS)
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Total Credits Required
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What You’ll Learn

This pathway map 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.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Sustainable Agriculture program 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 program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations RC 3
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry Or permission of Program Director NS 0–3
FON161 Sustainable Food Production Systems RC 3
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 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

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development RC 4
RE Restricted Elective RE 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR Higher level mathematics course MA 3
AGS260 Soils AGS260 is offered in the Spring only. AGS260 meets the Natural Sciences area SQ 4
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL RC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS165AA Fall Sustainable Crop Production RC 3
AGS166 Aquaponics 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 RE 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 Course offered Spring only. RC 3
Communication COM
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment Course offered Spring only. RC 4

Restricted Electives: 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB132 Agribusiness and Management 3
AGB144 Agriculture Processing 3
AGS186 Greenhouse Management And Construction 3

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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.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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Other Versions

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
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019